In the past few weeks, I have had several exchanges with people, youths and adults, that refused to get help for their emotional well-being. So much is still taboo today that I am saddened to see that people are compromising their physical and mental health to save face…but from whom?
A university student is worried about her friend who has suicidal ideation and cannot even count on loved ones to support him as they believe in that “stiff upper lip” approach. A teen wants to get help but her parents refuse to abide by their family doctor and will NOT allow him to take medication. A youth self-harms and wants to get help but his parents say, “Awww, you’re just looking for attention.” What are these people to do to get the support, the help and the much needed attention?
It is too bad that on February 12th there was ONE day of Bell, Let’s Talk and the month of March was devoted to mental health…so what now? What happens in the meantime…those 11 months of not focus sing too much on mental health? 11 months of avoiding unpleasant realities about life…
More people have to move forward to share their experiences….to articulate their feelings and offer advice. It saddens me to see how so many young people are not getting help and yet, recovery is so much shorter when it is addressed sooner.
© Cheryl-Lynn Roberts, April 2, 2013