Crushing the Stigma of Mental Illness
According to a recent publication by the Canadian Association for Mental Health (CAMH) found here: http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/about_camh/newsroom/for_reporters/Pages/addictionmentalhealthstatistics.aspx, 355,00 thousand disability cases in Canada are due to mental health diagnoses and 155,000 full time workers are absent from work due to identified mental health. According to the statistics cited at this link in any given week 500,000 Canadians are unable to work due to
Diagnosis: It's going to be OK.
My late adopted Cree uncle Louis Paquette used to say to me: “Rey your words can put you over, or they can put you under, so be careful what you say”. Uncle Louis was a wise man. He spent the better part of his latter years in pastoral ministries helping many people heal from their addictions and mental health issues. Although wheel chair bound from an accident that happened in the 70’s Louis was a man of great stature. And his words always resonated with my understanding of
Moments that give us breath.
Contrary to the saying that life is not measured in moments, but its measured by the moments that take your breath away; I have learned and believe firmly that just the opposite is true. Life is measured in the moments that GIVE you breath. So many things compete for our attention every day. In our attempt to schedule in another appointment, make another dance recital or attend another hockey game our days become narrower and each morsel of time becomes consumed by our out o