Meeting Bruno Guevremont was an experience I won’t soon forget.
An intelligent, compassionate and inspiring person, Guevremont came to Ontario Shores in his role as a Bell Let’s Talk Day Ambassador to continue his work as an advocate for mental health as a guest on our #MindVine podcast.
A 15-year veteran who had two tours of Afghanistan, Guevremont was part of an anti-explosives team; a busy outfit that dealt with more than 100 improvised explosive devices. On the podcast, he spoke about his experiences as a soldier and his return to civilian life, where his struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and mental illness became real.
Working in communications, marketing and public relations in the public sector can, at times, present some challenges.
Often, we are asked to provide high quality service with a fraction of the budget in comparison to our colleagues in the private sector.
However, in a lot of ways, it actually helps us be more strategic with the projects we take on, encourages teamwork both in our department and with community partners. And, it challenges us to be creative, innovative and thoughtful.
A number of stories related to mental health will be told in the days leading up to Bell Let’s Talk Day, which is scheduled for January 25.
Many of those stories will point to the need to treat mental health as important as we treat physical health. This is a common message and one that we often hear through the advocacy work being done to eliminate stigma and increase awareness for those living with mental illness.
However, the relationship between the two is far more than a key message. And, it’s something we have the privilege of working on each day at the Metabolic and Weight Management (Metabolic Clinic) at Ontario Shores.