It’s heartbreaking for me to think about it, but my children may have to walk in my shoes one day.
They are still very much babies at the moment, but as they grow I will be watching them closely. Mental illness runs in my family and the possibility they will have their own struggles at some point in their lives is the biggest reason why I participated in the #5in5 series on #MindVine for National Mental Health Week.
I get emotional just thinking about that possibility.
It has taken time for me to become comfortable with everyone at Ontario Shores knowing about my life living with mental illness.
I have been a mental health nurse for more than 10 years and I have worked in almost every area of the hospital at one point or another. But, I have not made a habit of sharing my story with everyone.
My friends in Occupational Health at Ontario Shores know my story. They have been my rock throughout my career and have always been there for me. They have played a huge role in my well-being and I am forever grateful for their support.
I don’t know much about hockey but I remember a few years ago a well-known hockey coach revealed to the public that he couldn’t read.
After Googling it the other day I discovered his name was Jacques Demers. He spoke two languages, coached in the National Hockey League (NHL) for years and won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.
He was 61 when he went public with his struggles.
I remember the shock felt by others.