People experiencing mental health issuesare often worried about what others willthink of them.
Often they can be too embarrassedto seek help, says Dr. Vidya Raj, anAlberta Health Services consultingpsychiatrist and an assistant professorin the University of Calgary’s Faculty ofMedicine.
Mental health issues, such as anxietyand depression, are common, and theyare treatable, Raj says.
For help, call:•;Health Link at 811
•;Mental Health Helpline at
•;24/7 Crisis/Distress Lines:
Calgary: 403-266-HELP (4357)
For other crisis centres inthe provinces, see the listing atsuicideprevention.ca.
Asking for help
Sometimes it can be tough to ask for oraccept help, even when you really need it.
“The grit of life is tough to take. It’s
hard to do grit alone,” says Dr. Ronna
Jevne, PhD. She’s professor emeritus in
the University of Alberta’s Department
of Educational Psychology and leads
the Exploring Grit, Grace, and Gratitude
retreat at Prairie Wind Writing Centre.
“Reaching out is an important skill that
allows you to maximize your health,
She adds: “Reaching out can help
people see meaning in the challenge
they’re facing. Having hope and
meaning makes it more possible to move
For more information, see Jevne’s
website at ronnajevne.ca.
People with a substance use disordermight feel embarrassed about having anaddiction. “Society sees it as some kindof disgrace,” Raj says.
Addiction is not some kind of moral
weakness, she emphasizes. “People don’t
just choose to become addicts––there
are multiple factors at play. Often, it’s a
For help, call:
•;Health Link at 811
•;Addictions Helpline at