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Is there ever a day that’s good for mental illness? Well, here its today, for my mental illness, your mental illness, or the mental illness of a loved one.

Today Bell Canada is starting the conversation For every: Text message sent on the Bell network Long Distance call made on the Bell network Tweet using #BellLetsTalk Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk image Bell will donate 5¢ more to help fund mental health initiatives across Canada. They’re giving grants to community associations, funding research, but most importantly; making it ok for people to talk about it. I absolutely love their spokesperson, Clara Hughes. A Summer & Winter Olympian with boat-loads of medals, everyone thought she had a perfect life! She’s a young, vibrant, woman who shares her experience without hesitation.

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Some of you know my story, if you’ve read previous blog posts. I suffered from terrible postpartum depression. It was bad, I didn’t know what was happening to me. There were so many other circumstances swirling around at the same time, I just thought this was how it was going to be in my new reality. I told no one, it was hard for me to say it out loud. I couldn’t even say it to Jeff, of course he knew something was wrong, but didn’t know what to do. It took me (& mostly my husband) until after our second child to get me help. Jeff found someone we both trusted, our health nurse, and told her what was going on. She helped us get help & I’m happy to say that things have been much better ever since.

I’ve changed medications since that time 10 years ago, but my life has never been better. I was reflecting on it this morning reading, Cathryn’s post about her experience. I was sitting on the side of the very bed that I wouldn’t leave for days on end. I remember my baby (who is now 14!) & I spending the day there, me barely getting by personally because it took all I had to feed her, change her & stay awake while she was awake. Jeff getting home from a long day at University & finding us in the same spot where he’d left us 14 hours before. It was a dark time. We recently moved back into the house where it all happened & I wasn’t sure I could handle it. I was worried about being sucked back into the dark. Luckily for me, I found medication that worked & even better an activity that pulled me out of it. I’ve written before about how silversmithing pulled me into the light where I found something that was for me, and was creative, and wasn’t about my kids.

The only thing that ever really enters my mind about mental illness lately is my kids. I worry that I’ve genetically gifted them something I hope they never have to deal with. I watch them closely & speak to their pediatrician about what to do if we feel they’re out of ‘balance’.

So if you’re a Bell customer, text, call, do whatever you can to help. The rest of you – Tweet it, Facebook it; because I guarantee you there is someone in your life that you might not even know it, but they’re suffering.

Have a quick read over some of the facts: –

  • Every day, 500,000 Canadians miss work due to a form of mental illness.Mood and anxiety disorders impact an estimated 22% of the Canadian population. –CMHA
  • Less than 4% of medical research funding goes to mental illness research. –Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
  • Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities. – CMHA

Is there ever a day that’s good for mental illness? Well, site its today, price for my mental illness, price your mental illness, or the mental illness of a loved one.

This is my post from Bell Lets Talk Day 2013.  I thought & thought about writing a blog post, but I don’t think I could say it any better than I did last year.  I updated the information in the post.

Today Bell Canada is starting the conversation.  For every: Text message sent on the Bell network Long Distance call made on the Bell network,  Tweet using #BellLetsTalk,  Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk image; Bell will donate 5¢ more to help fund mental health initiatives across Canada. They’re giving grants to community associations, funding research, but most importantly; making it ok for people to talk about it. I absolutely love their spokesperson, Clara Hughes. A Summer & Winter Olympian with boat-loads of medals, everyone thought she had a perfect life! She’s a young, vibrant, woman who shares her experience without hesitation.

bell_lavie

Some of you know my story, if you’ve read previous blog posts. I suffered from terrible postpartum depression. It was bad, I didn’t know what was happening to me. There were so many other circumstances swirling around at the same time, I just thought this was how it was going to be in my new reality. I told no one, it was hard for me to say it out loud. I couldn’t even say it to Jeff, of course he knew something was wrong, but didn’t know what to do. It took me (& mostly my husband) until after our second child to get me help. Jeff found someone we both trusted, our health nurse, and told her what was going on. She helped us get help & I’m happy to say that things have been much better ever since.

I’ve changed medications since that time 10 years ago, but my life has never been better.  This morning I was sitting on the side of the very bed that I wouldn’t leave for days on end. I remember my baby (who is now 14!) & I spending the day there, me barely getting by personally because it took all I had to feed her, change her & stay awake while she was awake. Jeff getting home from a long day at University & finding us in the same spot where he’d left us 14 hours before. It was a dark time.  Luckily for me, I found medication that worked & even better an activity that pulled me out of it. I’ve written before about how silversmithing pulled me into the light where I found something that was for me, and was creative, and wasn’t about my kids.

The only thing that ever really enters my mind about mental illness lately is my kids. I worry that I’ve genetically gifted them something I hope they never have to deal with. I watch them closely & speak to their pediatrician about what to do if we feel they’re out of ‘balance’.

So if you’re a Bell customer, text, call, do whatever you can to help. The rest of you – Tweet it, Facebook it; because I guarantee you there is someone in your life that you might not even know it, but they’re suffering.

Have a quick read over some of the facts:

  • Every day, 500,000 Canadians miss work due to a form of mental illness.
  • Mood and anxiety disorders impact an estimated 22% of the Canadian population. –CMHA
  • Less than 4% of medical research funding goes to mental illness research. –Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
  • Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities. – CMHA
  • 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection. – Canadian Medical Association

Do what you can,  even if that is only watching a news story on TV, really listening to a radio commercial; you just might learn something or at the very least become a little more understanding.
Is there ever a day that’s good for mental illness? Well, capsule its today, for my mental illness, your mental illness, or the mental illness of a loved one.

This is my post from Bell Lets Talk Day 2013.  I thought & thought about writing a blog post, but I don’t think I could say it any better than I did last year.  I updated the information in the post.

Today Bell Canada is starting the conversation.  For every: Text message sent on the Bell network Long Distance call made on the Bell network,  Tweet using #BellLetsTalk,  Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk image; Bell will donate 5¢ more to help fund mental health initiatives across Canada. They’re giving grants to community associations, funding research, but most importantly; making it ok for people to talk about it. I absolutely love their spokesperson, Clara Hughes. A Summer & Winter Olympian with boat-loads of medals, everyone thought she had a perfect life! She’s a young, vibrant, woman who shares her experience without hesitation.

bell_lavie

Some of you know my story, if you’ve read previous blog posts. I suffered from terrible postpartum depression. It was bad, I didn’t know what was happening to me. There were so many other circumstances swirling around at the same time, I just thought this was how it was going to be in my new reality. I told no one, it was hard for me to say it out loud. I couldn’t even say it to Jeff, of course he knew something was wrong, but didn’t know what to do. It took me (& mostly my husband) until after our second child to get me help. Jeff found someone we both trusted, our health nurse, and told her what was going on. She helped us get help & I’m happy to say that things have been much better ever since.

I’ve changed medications since that time 10 years ago, but my life has never been better.  This morning I was sitting on the side of the very bed that I wouldn’t leave for days on end. I remember my baby (who is now 14!) & I spending the day there, me barely getting by personally because it took all I had to feed her, change her & stay awake while she was awake. Jeff getting home from a long day at University & finding us in the same spot where he’d left us 14 hours before. It was a dark time.  Luckily for me, I found medication that worked & even better an activity that pulled me out of it. I’ve written before about how silversmithing pulled me into the light where I found something that was for me, and was creative, and wasn’t about my kids.

The only thing that ever really enters my mind about mental illness lately is my kids. I worry that I’ve genetically gifted them something I hope they never have to deal with. I watch them closely & speak to their pediatrician about what to do if we feel they’re out of ‘balance’.

So if you’re a Bell customer, text, call, do whatever you can to help. The rest of you – Tweet it, Facebook it; because I guarantee you there is someone in your life that you might not even know it, but they’re suffering.

Have a quick read over some of the facts:

  • Every day, 500,000 Canadians miss work due to a form of mental illness.
  • Mood and anxiety disorders impact an estimated 22% of the Canadian population. –CMHA
  • Less than 4% of medical research funding goes to mental illness research. –Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
  • Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities. – CMHA
  • 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection. – Canadian Medical Association

 

Do what you can,  even if that is only watching a news story on TV, really listening to a radio commercial; you just might learn something or at the very least become a little more understanding.

-s

As of 8 am Mountain time – 15,224,387 communication actions!
Is there ever a day that’s good for mental illness? Well, sales its today, salve for my mental illness, your mental illness, or the mental illness of a loved one.

This is my post from Bell Lets Talk Day 2013.  I thought & thought about writing a new blog post, but I don’t think I could say it any better than I did last year.  I updated the information in the post.

Today Bell Canada is starting the conversation.  For every: Text message sent on the Bell network Long Distance call made on the Bell network,  Tweet using #BellLetsTalk,  Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk image; Bell will donate 5¢ more to help fund mental health initiatives across Canada. They’re giving grants to community associations, funding research, but most importantly; making it ok for people to talk about it. I absolutely love their spokesperson, Clara Hughes. A Summer & Winter Olympian with boat-loads of medals, everyone thought she had a perfect life! She’s a young, vibrant, woman who shares her experience without hesitation.

bell_lavie

Some of you know my story, if you’ve read previous blog posts. I suffered from terrible postpartum depression. It was bad, I didn’t know what was happening to me. There were so many other circumstances swirling around at the same time, I just thought this was how it was going to be in my new reality. I told no one, it was hard for me to say it out loud. I couldn’t even say it to Jeff, of course he knew something was wrong, but didn’t know what to do. It took me (& mostly my husband) until after our second child to get me help. Jeff found someone we both trusted, our health nurse, and told her what was going on. She helped us get help & I’m happy to say that things have been much better ever since.

I’ve changed medications since that time 10 years ago, but my life has never been better.  This morning I was sitting on the side of the very bed that I wouldn’t leave for days on end. I remember my baby (who is now 14!) & I spending the day there, me barely getting by personally because it took all I had to feed her, change her & stay awake while she was awake. Jeff getting home from a long day at University & finding us in the same spot where he’d left us 14 hours before. It was a dark time.  Luckily for me, I found medication that worked & even better an activity that pulled me out of it. I’ve written before about how silversmithing pulled me into the light where I found something that was for me, and was creative, and wasn’t about my kids.

The only thing that ever really enters my mind about mental illness lately is my kids. I worry that I’ve genetically gifted them something I hope they never have to deal with. I watch them closely & speak to their pediatrician about what to do if we feel they’re out of ‘balance’.

So if you’re a Bell customer, text, call, do whatever you can to help. The rest of you – Tweet it, Facebook it; because I guarantee you there is someone in your life that you might not even know it, but they’re suffering.

Have a quick read over some of the facts:

  • Every day, 500,000 Canadians miss work due to a form of mental illness.
  • Mood and anxiety disorders impact an estimated 22% of the Canadian population. –CMHA
  • Less than 4% of medical research funding goes to mental illness research. –Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
  • Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities. – CMHA
  • 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection. – Canadian Medical Association

 

Do what you can,  even if that is only watching a news story on TV, really listening to a radio commercial; you just might learn something or at the very least become a little more understanding.

-s

As of 10 am Mountain time – 26,195,293 communication actions!
Our blogging group’s topic for this month is what superpower would you want to have?

Let me tell you, viagra 60mg superheros & their powers are a big deal in this house.  The Avengers, search Marvel Superheros and the rest of them are often all I hear about from my 2 boys.  When they start up with the swordplay, wrestling & imaginary battles;  I’d like the “superpower” of selective deafness!

But in reality,  I would love to have the superpower of slowing down time.  Its true what they say about raising kids,  the days are long & the years are short.  I wish I could slow their growing up, enjoy it more.  Not have to be worrying about homework sheets, reading logs, lunches, bed times; but to worry about hugging them more,  enjoying them reading me a book instead of multitasking, just enjoying them playing.

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He wore this Link outfit from the Legend of Zelda every day of our Regional 4-H show at the Calgary Stampede Grounds! Sword tucked down the back of the shirt, shield in hand.

I have a 7 year old, a 9 year old, a nearly 12 year old & a 14 year old.  The days zoom by and I hope I haven’t wasted too much time.  I have dear friends who have lost children & I often cry, thinking what they’d give for one of my ‘crappy days’ with their child.  It makes me appreciate those ‘crappy days’ & want them to go slower.

But again,  “all I can do – is all I can do” and I WILL do my best to stretch out those days & enjoy them no matter.

-s

 

p.s. I’d also like time to slow down when I’m working in my studio!  It always seems that I never have enough time to execute what I have in my head.  My leaving work till the last minute wouldn’t be so last minute.

In this fabulous blogging group, we are given a topic to write on; we can mold it how we see fit & then everyone publishes their post at the exact same time on the 20th of each month!  There are lots of different perspectives in this group, have a look at what everyone else said this month:

Andes Cruz: http://www.andescruz.wordpress.com

Kathleen Krucoff:  http://kathleenkrucoff.wordpress.com/

pencilfox.     www.pencilfox.com

Catherine Witherell   http://happydayart.typepad.com

WATTO: http://blog.wattoonline.com/

Diana Bell:  http://www.bellsprings.blogspot.com

Barbara Donovan:  http://barbaradonovan.blogspot.com/

 

 

6 Responses to “Super Woman?? NOT ME!! Blog-O-Sphere”

  1. Andes Cruz said...

    Time slowing would be awesome! I translate that in my desires to live longer/not age/ live forever 🙂

  2. barbara donovan said...

    Actually, I could really get on board with selective deafness. Sometimes I’m so easily distracted.
    Great post!

  3. Kathleen Krucoff said...

    I like that choice for a super power. And I’m right there with you on wanting to slow down time while working in the studio….sometimes it actually seems to happen for me and I am soooooo grateful.

  4. Diana Bell said...

    With kids “there are no bad days, only bad moments” is my mantra. But, yes, I agree with slowing of time I can’t believe how fast it goes!

  5. WATTO said...

    Good one! Jon and I wish for that all the time. Where does time go?

  6. Catherine Witherell said...

    THAT would be so great! People would think you never sleep and that you accomplish so much! Like “How did you get so much done with 4 children? OMG, you’re amazing!”

    :O)