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Keep talking about mental-health issues

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my sister, Stephanie.

Perhaps it is that Feb. 15 would have been her 46th birthday, or maybe it has to do with the heightened awareness about anxiety, depression, CPTSD (complex post-traumatic stress disorder) and more as a result of the recent Bell Let’s Talk Day.

Regardless, I have been feeling an acute sense of awareness of Stephanie’s absence following her death by suicide in the fall of 2017.

And so on Valentine’s Day, I found myself wandering to her Facebook page to browse through her photo albums and watch some of the videos she had posted over the last year or so of her life.

I’m not sure what I was hoping to find but it wasn’t there.

I always have mixed feelings when I watch videos of her talking to the camera.

It’s my sister, but not really.

There are countless coping mechanisms people who are touched my mental-health issues find themselves turning to. And one of my sister’s main ones was what she often referred to as her “self-medicating.” The specifics of her addiction(s) aren’t as important as how they affected her and, to a lesser degree, those around........

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