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by George Malik on 02/12/13 at 02:34 PM ET
Mental health issues are coming to the fore this week in Canada, where Bell Canada's donating 5 cents per Tweet with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk to mental health charities and research, and the Red Wings are voicing their support both the Bell Let's Talk campaign and Binghamton Senators (the primary AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators) coach Luke Richardson's Do it for Daron charity, which hopes to help combat mental illnesses and prevent suicide in young people through their Hockey Talks inditiative.
These issues are very important to me, so I'd suggest that you check out the above link and watch the commericals the Wings and Danny Cleary shot for DIFD:
In the United States, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, offers support and assistance to those battling mental illnesses, in Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association offers similar services and support, and the National Suicide Provention Lifeline offers support for anyone battling suicidal thoughts.
I deal with major depression and a severe anxiety disorder, and while I don't have health insurance, I do receive care via Michigan's Community Mental Health services, so there is aid out there for people with mental illnesses who do not have access to insurance...
And I guess I'd simply say that 1. If you are dealing with a mental illness, you're not alone; 2. Mental illnesses are very real: they are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, so they're not simply "in one's head" or need to be "sucked up" and gotten though--they need to be addressed and dealt with like one addresses physical ailments; 3. And if anyone feels alone, scared or is thinking about hurting themselves, don't do it: ASK FOR HELP. You'd be surprised how many people have struggled with the same issues, and how many people care about you and won't judge you for asking for assistance.
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