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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