What do mental health and getting the car tuned up have in common?

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Last night, I was speaking to FCMHAS (Frontenac Mental Health and Addiction Service). They were celebrating their 40th anniversary as an organization as part of the national “Someone You Know” campaign. I was the featured speaker who was taking a light look at mental health issues while sharing about my own depression I experienced a few years back.

The whole night was about taking the stigma off mental health issues. The concept being, that people are not mentally ill. They have a mental illness. Contrary to popular opinion being human is not a disease. And things must be slowly changing because when the host asked how many people knew of someone with addiction or mental health issues 90% of the room put up their hands.

Wouldn’t it be great if people would treat mental health issues like they do their car?

You run out of gas and you fill it up. You don’t sit there at the gas pumps and freak out–


“Why is there no gas in the car? ” 






I guess when we are talking about looking under any hood, it makes us nervous. I always think the mechanic is going to find something horrible and expensive.

We go to a “head doctor “and we are sure when he has us up on the hoist we might not get put back together.

Acceptance is key.  I got a medication that worked. I had a good community and I took actions I didn’t feel like taking. Like walking and talking. And slowly it changed. And yes I have been in good shape for a few years now.

This morning I went to Byron my mechanic and my oil got changed. And the wobbly wheel I suspected was something gristly was just mud under the rim.

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2 Responses to “What do mental health and getting the car tuned up have in common?”

  1. Christine Peets

    You are so right that talking about mental illness is important,and it’s important to treat it as we do any other illness–sometimes medication is needed, but a lot of other things help too. I’ve dealt with depression and alcoholism.  Like you, I’ve taken medication, had great therapy, and a wonderful supportive community of family and friends to get through it all, with humour and hope. I don’t drink alcohol, which helps both my mental and physical health.  I’m better now. I still  have my dark moments, but at least I’m not hiding under a blanket watching mindless tv as that was my “drug of choice.” When I have a dark moment I take actions I don’t want to take–like walking and talking and writing. Once I get the fingers and the body moving, things get better pretty quickly.


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