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“What had happened to our beautiful happy life? Could it really be over for us? I just wasn’t sure if our love was strong enough to keep us together. I probably believed it wasn’t.”

picture 534It was an idyllic marriage. John and Marion were high school sweethearts who married and began a successful life together. He, an internationally respected scientist in his field and she, a business woman in her family firm. With three children and finally settled in Victoria. BC, Canada after stints in Vienna and Australia, tragedy struck.

Despite the eventual and probable diagnosis of late-onset schizophrenia, John and Marion struggled to hold their family together and to deal with an illness that usually strikes much earlier in life. This is their story of what happens when the mind betrays you.

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“For people like Jessica, who don’t have employee benefits and don’t have extra money to pay for treatment, there are few options”

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When Amanda’s friend Jessica (not her real name) lost her job and spent a year desperately seeking—but not finding—another, she fell into a deep depression. “I’m in debt. I’m having a hard time paying my bills. I can’t even get a job in fast food because they tell me I’m overqualified. I just feel like I can’t come back from this. That my life is over,” she told Amanda.

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Canadian vets marching for PTSD awareness reach a goal

September 17th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Three veterans who served Canada in the former Yugoslavia—Steve Hartwig, Jason McKenzie, and Scott McIntyre McFarlane—have marched across the country to raise awareness of PTSD

picture 584When Steve Hartwig, Jason McKenzie and Scott McFarlane arrived in Antigonish, Nova Scotia on September 7, they paused at the downtown cenotaph honouring fallen soldiers from World War I. They were close to reaching the end of their march across Canada to raise awareness of PTSD among Canada’s veterans.

In WWI, the psychological distress of soldiers was attributed to concussions caused by the impact of shells; this impact was believed to disrupt the brain and cause “shell shock” (Bentley, 2005). Now, in 2014, there is greater understanding of what is called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder—but education and awareness is still lacking.

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Kelly Hrudy and his daughter Kaitlin share the story of Kaitlin’s struggle with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, focusing on awareness and recovery

picture 581Nearly one in five Canadian children and adolescents will be touched by a mental disorder serious enough to cause social, emotional or academic problems. They will not outgrow what ails them: 70 per cent of adults with a mental illness first experienced symptoms as children or youth. Timely treatment can prevent years of struggle — but only if parents know when and how to take action on one of the most daunting challenges any family can face. [RBC White Paper: Silent Families, Suffering Children and Youth]

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Nanaimo hip hop artist dedicates his latest video to the uniqueness present in all who have seen hardships and have the compassion to know that we are all human

picture 579Vancouver Island hip hop artist Matt Dunae—aka SirReal—has released the official music video of a single from his upcoming mixtape; both are named Not Like Me. The song, as SirReal describes it, is a micro story, a “culmination of experiences and harsh realities brought to light.”

From the depths of early childhood addiction, to the long walk down struggle street, the story follows SirReal as a young man, caring for his mother, and bringing her back from an overdose on the brink of death. The video then shows the separation that occurred between two brothers as the family they had grown up in was torn apart.

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Essay: “Her own kind of absence”

August 26th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off)