Talk Thursday ~ And Now A Message About Mental Illness

Yesterday was Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk Day.  It’s an initiative to try to remove the stigma of mental illness by “getting it out there” and talking.  The PSA’s on the Bell site focus on three things; education, kindness and language.

As part of my recent illness with Dengue recently, I experienced depression and fatigue for a few weeks which is apparently common.  Fortunately, when my recovery was complete and I was feeling more energetic my depression lifted also.  Having experienced the ups and downs of this little bout of mental illness (because, yes, that is what it was); I empathize with those who suffer.

Dusty recently shared, through Facebook, the loss of a well-respected doctor that she once worked with.  His daughter wrote a blog as a tribute to her father and asked fellow bloggers to share her post which you can read here.

Recently in my hometown newspaper had an article about how one-quarter of distress calls to the Crisis Support Center/The Support Network go unanswered.  Volunteers are trained to answer calls made by people in some level of distress 24/7.  The network is expecting calls to rise as four emergency phones with service to the distress line and 911 have been installed along the High Level Bridge, a popular jumping point in Edmonton.

I’m not going to share a new video today.  Instead I’m going to share a video that I’ve posted before by Sergeant Kevin Briggs.  In it he talks about the years he patrolled the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts.

Although I’m a day late in starting the conversation about mental illness, let’s continue talking…in the campo.




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3 Responses to Talk Thursday ~ And Now A Message About Mental Illness

  1. cicero3332 says:

    A long-term follow-up study of 515 people prevented from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge found that only six percent of these individuals died by suicide. This indicates that many if not most suicide attempts are impulsive rather than part of a sustained plan. When firearms are readily available in the home, it is easier to irrevocably act upon the impulse.

    • indacampo says:

      In Canada as in Panama there are very strict gun controls and regulations. It doesn’t stop people from obtaining them of course but makes it more difficult to have them around the house and to be used impulsively. Aside from putting the phones at either end of the High Level Bridge in Edmonton the city has also allocated funds to erect fencing/barriers. But you’re correct, from what I’ve read suicide is quite often an impulsive act by individuals either suffering from a chemical imbalance or a distressing event and many just need empathy and compassion. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  2. I saw a movie – The Bridge, where they just trained cameras on the bridge. Heartbreaking. Thank you for bringing this important issue to our attention. It is a suffering that is often easy to overlook since there may be few outward signs.

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