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Let's do more than talk about mental illness

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Bell Let’s Talk Day has, once again, come and gone. People across the country were focused on texting and talking about mental health via various social media platforms. Articles on the subject abounded in Canadian newspapers, many focusing on the importance of talking about mental health. In and of itself, it is a great initiative. We need to talk about mental health, increase awareness and try to reduce stigmatization.

And then what?

What exactly happens to the people who do open up about their mental health issues?

As a psychologist, I find myself thinking about the people directly concerned: those living with mental illness. What concretely is being done to help them through their struggles and to live fulfilling lives?

Research indicates that the optimal treatment for mental illness includes medication (depending on the disorder and its severity) and therapy. However, here in Quebec, access to psychotherapy is limited. The waiting lists to see a psychologist in our health and social services system are long. In order to consult one in private practice, one must pay, which is not an........

© Montreal Gazette