Written by: Naim Jutha // Founder.
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Touchy subject? Yes. Difficult to understand? Of course. Deserves the stigma? Absolutely not.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 1 in 5 Canadians are directly affected by mental illness. These illnesses can take many forms but are often misunderstood and not seen in the same light as physical illnesses. Something we all need to understand is that we all have mental health - our brain is no different than our heart, lungs or kidneys. Just like physical conditions, mental illnesses happen for many different reasons. Not all mental health issues stem from situational factors - some are environmental, chemical and even genetic. At the end of the day, if someone is suffering, shouldn't they get the help they need?
How can you lend a helping hand?
1. Get Educated. The NVSN blog intends to be the place you can do that. With frequent submissions by 4+ bloggers who are employed in Mental Healthcare and have had experience in relevant fields, the NVSN blog is a great medium for readers to learn about a multitude of subjects.
2. Get The Conversation Started. There's many ways we can help break the silence; NVSN offers a unique opportunity to do so with the Journal. The NVSN Journal offers an environment where people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds can share their stories and express their feelings anonymously. NVSN respects the privacy of its readers and contributors which is why our journal entry portal lets you submit journal entries without requesting any personal info, just your story. The Journal is a safe place for people to talk about their fears (their own or for someone they care for) and to open up about what they may be going through.
The ultimate goal of the NVSN brand is to raise awareness and promote an anti-stigma movement. Every single Canadian is indirectly affected by mental illness through a family member, friend, or coworker. On behalf of them, I really hope you take the time to follow the NVSN blog and join our efforts in attempting to Break The Silence.
"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."