More people seem to understand the need to care for their physical and mental health, taking proactive behaviours. This is a good thing. This is good as someone who hasn't hit a crisis point.
But when you find yourself in crisis or dealing with a mental health illness, there's less desire to share. It's even harder, I think, when the person in crisis is your child. As parents we want to take our child's pain away and fix everything but mental health issues aren't as easy to tackle as a scraped knee or common cold. I wrote about a few hard truths I've learned as a parent in this scenario:
I’m stepping up to defeat mental illness by participating in the CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health challenge on April 6, a Canada-wide initiative to inspire hope for Canadians living with mental illness.
As mental illness can have families and their children feeling isolated, my #OneBraveNight challenge is to play the game solitaire for a full 24-hours.
Catch my Instagram story as I update throughout the 24hr period (and try to stay awake.
By making a donation to my One Brave Night, you are helping CAMH improve access to care, conduct research to find better treatments, and build more spaces for healing.