The idea that adults are supposed to have it all together and be completely independent, is a myth that affects the willingness of many to reach out to their friends for support when things are not going well.
We have power to act and and to influence another person's journey with mental illness, but we do not have all the power.
Over the years, I have been inspired by the wisdom that so many of my colleagues carry and the love that many have for their jobs and the people they serve. I’ve have also seen colleagues struggle and lose hope while working in this field, and sometimes, in their ability to continue in this work.
A diagnosis is not an assessment of who you are. It is a description of the symptoms you are experiencing. Some diagnosis have more stigma attached than others and some can help to bring life-changing clarity to an individual, directing them towards needed help.
Medication has its limits. It will not provide a healthy environment, social support, the tools to manage difficult situations, or to heal from major crisis or traumatic events and should not be solely relied on for these things.
I love the reminder to dig deeper into what I'm already committed to, and even delay starting new things or purchasing things before looking at what is already there.
Now, I want to go for a walk! I want to do the next item on my list. I can't wait to see what I will discover on my next walk in my own neighbourhood.
Lise Brown, a Winnipeg based Adventure therapist, talks about our fear of the outside; kids with knives, forest bathing; risky behaviour vs rope climbing; and knowing your limits.
Suicide impacts all of us and speaks about who we are as a society. We can all work towards healing our society.