When it comes to the stigma around mental illness, some days it feels like it’s one step forward, two steps back.
We have come a long way, even in the 12 or so years I have been working in mental health. But every so often there is a trigger that seems to drag us back to the past.
Recently that was borne out on social media when some started to draw a line between a missing outpatient and a violent assault in Whitby. Due to the timing of media releases I can understand people seeing those two pieces of information and wondering about a possible connection. However, many went well beyond fair comment. Many made definitive, libelous and false statements. Even after police had found the patient and stated no connection between the two, some continued pushing the false narrative on social media. Nor did anyone in subsequent posts following the arrest did anyone ever apologize or walk back their previous false allegations.
This past November, our team at Ontario Shores Foundation was thrilled to learn that we were chosen as one of the 18 charities across the country to participate in the 2020 Run for Women.
Being a part of this run was something we had been working on for a couple of years and when we got word that Whitby was going to be a host city, and that the Women’s Clinic at Ontario Shores was going to benefit, we were ecstatic.
With us all being at home more we have come to rely our technologies to learn, to work, to stay connected, and to be entertained.
Even with some stores and activities reopening, we are still heavily relying on screen time to get through our days. For most parents, they are worried about how much their children’s screen time has increased, followed by feelings of guilt because they are either providing this screen time to distract their children as they work, or they can’t seem to stop their children from engaging in it.