Let’s Talk Day is very important in that it promotes talking about a subject many believe is taboo, or something not a lot of people want to talk about.
The fact is depression and mental illnesses are common facts of life in Cumberland County just as they are in Halifax, the rest of Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada. However, because of the stigma that goes with it, many people choose to suffer in silence –distancing themselves from the people they care about and the activities they love.
Along with the money the event raises for mental health organizations, Let’s Talk is about discussing what we can do to make it easier for someone suffering through mental illness to feel comfortable sharing their experiences without having to worry about the aftereffects of admitting you are going through a tough time right now.
Far too many people are too afraid to turn to family or friends because they are too fragile to face their demons head-on or are unwilling to ask their family and friends to walk with them down the path to mental health.
Along with the cost to business from absenteeism, there’s the health care cost that’s associated with treating mental health patients. More than that, there’s the human cost of lost lives in those who have taken what they believe to be the only way out by taking their own lives.
Let’s not be afraid to talk about depression and mental illness. We are a modern, caring society that should look out for the needs, the health and wellbeing of all our members. Going through a tough time should not be equated with going crazy because that person could be a friend, a family member or the person you see in the mirror every day.
Don’t be afraid, let’s have an open talk about how we can approach depression and mental health together so those suffering in silence can know they are not alone and that we, as a community, have their backs.