Mental health issues––including mooddisorders and addictions––are commontreatable risk factors for suicide, says Raj.
He recommends that people who areexperiencing suicidal thoughts call theirlocal 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:1-800-232-7288
•;Serving Fort McMurray andnortheastern Alberta:780-743- 4357/1-800-565-3801
•;Southern Alberta: 1-866-531-2600.
Abuse and neglect––whether physical,emotional or sexual––are neveracceptable.
Fear can drive people to remain quiet.Telling someone about it can be the firststep in breaking the cycle of abuse andneglect.
You can turn to a trusted source suchas a help line, friend, counsellor ordoctor, or children’s doctor (if a childis being abused). Get help, whether it’scounselling for the family, for the coupleor for the individual. “Refuse the statusquo,” Schwartz says.
“Every person has the right to betreated with dignity, and if you choose apath in which you insist on those rights,in the long run, it will always be betterfor you than short-term security that isbreaking down, with more and moreheartache and pain.”
It’s common for people to hide healthissues they find embarrassing.
“But it doesn’t mean they are notimportant,” says Schwartz. “If they wereto reveal them to their doctor, therapistor someone else who could help, it couldreally make their lives a lot easier.”|a
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