Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fund raising for mental health

The Globe and Mail newspaper had a wonderful article about how Michael Kirby, the first chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, would like to start an organization for mental health similar to the Canadian Cancer Society. Volunteers would raise moneys for research in the same way they do for cancer. There could be mental health walks. This would not only raise money, it would raise awareness.

I'm so happy about this. It's exciting. I've felt something like this has been needed for a long time. We are fortunate to have someone of Michael Kirby's calibre take an interest in mental health issues.

There was a time - not so long ago - that there was a stigma surrounding cancer as well. People avoided talking about it. Those who had cancer tended to keep it a secret, suffering in silence. I'm sure we will be able to reduce the stigma attached to mental illnesses as well. We might not be able to remove it, but there is huge room for better attitudes to those of us who suffer from it.

My church is an example of a place that is learning to accept those with mental illness. As I've been going through my recent trials, I've had much support. People don't avoid me. They ask how I'm doing. I get hugs. If only this could happen in all churches!

I felt crummy waking up this morning. But I took my shower early and I have a list of things to do today - all little things. I know that working on those and ticking them off as I accomplish them I will start feeling better. One of the first things I'll do is go to Curves for a much needed workout.

Hope you're all well and looking forward to the day.


Violet Starr said...

Hi Marja, Jena here :)
I have a new blog for Violet Starr but have also started up Every Moment Matters again. I just thought you'd like to know. Hope all is well. :)

marja said...

Thanks for letting me know, Jena. I'll look you up.

'Tart said...

Hello Marja,
This is my first time to your blog. It seems very thoughtful and I like your positive outlook you've expressed in your previous posts.

I always said that the day I go to a convenience store and they ask if I want to donate a dollar for mental health (and put a cardboard balloon on the wall like they do for breast cancer and the Children's Miracle Network) I would be very happy about it.

Walking and raising funds and awareness for mental illness is a wonderful idea.

marja said...

Hello Tart,

Welcome to my blog. I just had a quick look at yours and will try to visit and keep in touch with you.
Yeah, raising funds for mental health is something we must work for, and there must be something each of us can do to make that happen. Let's think big!