Mental health issues––including mood
disorders and addictions––are common
treatable risk factors for suicide, says Raj.
He recommends that people who are
experiencing suicidal thoughts call their
local distress centre line.
In healing, it’s not only the individual
who gets better and can contribute to
society again––they become a better
spouse and parent too. As Raj notes: “This
is meaningful to their families as well.”
For help you can turn to:
AHS Mental Health Help Line at
Health Link at 811
24-hour crisis lines:
•;Serving all Alberta and
•;Edmonton and northern Alberta:
•;Serving Fort McMurray and
•;Southern Alberta: 1-866-531-2600.
Abuse and neglect––whether physical,
emotional or sexual––are never
Fear can drive people to remain quiet.
Telling someone about it can be the first
step in breaking the cycle of abuse and
You can turn to a trusted source such
as a help line, friend, counsellor or
doctor, or children’s doctor (if a child
is being abused). Get help, whether it’s
counselling for the family, for the couple
or for the individual. “Refuse the status
quo,” Schwartz says.
“Every person has the right to be
treated with dignity, and if you choose a
path in which you insist on those rights,
in the long run, it will always be better
for you than short-term security that is
breaking down, with more and more
heartache and pain.”
It’s common for people to hide health
issues they find embarrassing.
“But it doesn’t mean they are not
important,” says Schwartz. “If they were
to reveal them to their doctor, therapist
or someone else who could help, it could
really make their lives a lot easier.”|a
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