We are well into Partners for Mental Health’s campaign called Let’s Call BS. If you haven’t already heard of it, the campaign focus’s on youth and calls out the way society treats mental health in Canada. In my personal opinion, this is something Canada has needed for some time, as mental health should be treated equal to physical health. The campaign allows youth and other people of all ages to call BS and view others calling BS at http://callbs.ca. Check it out and get involved! The way to end stigma around mental health is to talk about it.
Take a peek at the events that have been going on during the campaign:
Also, the BS[ummit]:
I’ve called BS on many things during the campaign, but the most significant one for me would be calling BS on psychological hospital visits. There are 2 major negative points regarding the experiences I have had visiting the hospital for emotional reasons and both include wait times.
1. Wait times in the ER. I have never waited less than 6 hours during a hospital emergency room visit. A person with mental health problems goes to the ER because they are feeling a certain way at that moment in time – aka they need help right then and there. After waiting 6-8 hours to see the on-hand psychiatrist, they either pump you full of medications or it’s too late to get what you needed.
2. Wait times for a psychiatrist. The average wait time to see a psychiatrist in Canada is 9-12 months. Really, 9-12 months. This is a huge problem for individuals with immediate needs, which is usually the case for most mental health patients.
This week I received my mood ring from Partners for Mental Health! I’m not going to lie – when I got the box in the mail I ripped that baby open like a kid opening a birthday present. There is nothing more exciting than bringing back some of the 90’s! For only $10 you can purchase yours from Bay stores, proceeds going to Partners for Mental Health.
The mood ring is important to me because it reminds us that whether we are struggling with a mental health problem or not, we all have moods and we all have times in our lives where we feel excited, depressed, happy, irritable and so on. The mood ring shows us that we are all in this together and even though there are stereotypes and struggles, we’re all different and alike at the same time.