National Network for Mental Health is commited to people with disabilities


Earlier this month a Wasilla man died in an Anchorage hospital hours after a state trooper-involved shooting in a quiet neighborhood in the Wasilla area.

Witness accounts report that the man, Joshua Smith, 33, was armed with a knife and appeared agitated before the confrontation with three Alaska State Troopers that ultimately led to his death. According to trooper spokesperson Megan Peters, “We encountered an adult, white male armed with a knife. When troopers attempted to talk to him, the male charged at troopers with a knife. Two troopers fired their service weapons at the man, seriously injuring him.” Continue reading

Rachel Star Withers runs a YouTube channel where she performs goofy stunts on camera and talks about her schizophrenia.

Since 2008, when the then 22-year-old revealed her diagnosis online, tens of thousands of people have seen her videos. Some of them have a psychotic disorder or mood disorders themselves, or know people who do.

They say her explanation about what a symptom like hallucinations feels like can be really helpful. So can Rachel’s advice on ways to cope with them, like getting a dog or a cat. If the animal doesn’t react to the hallucination, then it’s probably not real, she says. Continue reading

Adam Cyr was injured in Afghanistan

Adam Cyr was on his final infantry patrol in Afghanistan when his unit sustained enemy artillery fire. “We were going home the next day,” the two-sport athlete recalled.

“We got knocked around pretty good,” said Cyr, who is ready to compete for Canada in archery and rowing at the 2016 Invictus Games this week in Orlando. Three soldiers were killed, and Cyr lost his right leg in the battle. “My other leg was ripped apart, but the doctors put it back together. I lost some hearing and still have some musculoskeletal problems.” Continue reading

HALIFAX – A Halifax-area mother whose 21-year-old daughter took her own life earlier this year expressed her frustration in the provincial legislature Tuesday, saying the mental health system prevented the young woman from getting enough help in her struggle with depression.

Carolyn Fox said her experience with her daughter Cayley, who died Jan. 22, showed there aren’t enough treatment options and supports for young people in the health system.

She said her daughter, a varsity rugby player, was in her final year of a science degree at Saint Mary’s University when her life underwent a “drastic change.” Continue reading

“You should try therapy!” is a suggestion that I realized, after maybe too long, most people don’t take as a compliment. I think therapy is great: what thoughtful, smart person wouldn’t benefit from taking some time for careful examination of their feelings and how they interact with the world? No thoughtful, smart person, in my opinion. Deciding to go to therapy isn’t an admission of fault: it’s an admission of the desire to be happier, less anxious and more at ease.

But even if you are the kind of thoughtful, smart person who can overcome the stigma against seeing a professional to talk about your problems, there’s another major hurdle to surmount: it can be very difficult to find the right therapist. Much as with dating, for therapy to succeed, you need to find someone with whom you want to spend a lot of time talking about yourself (unlike dating, however, you should definitely not have sex with your therapist). Continue reading

Securing status as a charitable organization is expected to help Sarnia’s Deker Bauer Foundation for Suicide Prevention attract the donations it’s seeking to open a drop-in crisis centre.

Named for 17-year-old Deker Bauer who died by suicide in 2014, the foundation was created by his family and friends with the aim of establishing a crisis centre and reaching out to those with mental illness, as well as those impacted by suicide.

Just recently, the foundation became a charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency.

“It makes a big difference, having charitable status,” said Teresa Ingles, Bauer’s mother and the foundation’s chief executive officer. Continue reading

Prince Harry says he hopes the Invictus Games will “inspire people” affected by mental illness to seek help.

The prince, who founded the games for injured veterans, said at the opening ceremony in Florida that it was “not just physical injuries that our Invictus competitors have overcome”.

This is the second time the games have been run, after London in 2014.

Athletes from 14 countries will compete over four days, with finals in rowing, powerlifting and archery on Monday.

Micky Yule won Britain’s first Invictus Games gold medal in the men’s lightweight powerlifting competition.

A former staff sergeant, he served with the Royal Engineers and lost both of his legs above the knee when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan in 2010. Continue reading

‘Every day I wake up happy,’ Margaret Trudeau says

Margaret Trudeau, an engaging author and public speaker, visited Regina Thursday, where she spoke enthusiastically about the new priorities in her life: her grandchildren.

“You’ve got these darlings,” Trudeau said, fondly talking about the youngest generation of a familiar Canadian family.

Among their best qualities, she said, was how they simply deal with her as a beloved grandmother.

“Because of their vitality, their innocence and their newness. They don’t know anything, except I’m grandma. They know none of my story,” she said. “It’s the best time of my life.” Continue reading

The burden of caring for a spouse with serious psychological issues will test even the strongest relationship

By Denise Davy

After a long day at work, Diane will often pick up fast food and drive to a nearby cemetery where she eats alone in her car.

Sitting among the quiet backdrop of gravestones, she braces herself for what awaits her at home. Her husband has psychotic depression and refuses to take his medication because he doesn’t like the side effects and, after one year on anti-psychotics, considers himself cured.

He was diagnosed 30 years ago, hasn’t worked since and spends most of his days obsessively snooping through Diane’s dressers and purses and reading her emails. When she’s home, he hovers over her, wiping down anything she touches with Lysol — part of his germ obsession. Continue reading