Some in our society believe mental illness is synonymous with weakness. This assumption is not only wrong, it is insulting. Mental illness is a disease of the brain not unlike asthma is a disease of the lungs or cataracts a disease of the eyes. To stereotype someone because of a physiological condition is cruel and uncaring. Encouraging young people who suffer from mental illness to seek competent help is critical in overcoming this stigma.
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Trustees call for mental-health services
The most high-profile incident was the suicide of Amanda Todd, who took her life in October 2012 after being tormented by bullies for years. The Tri-Cities NOW has learned of other suicides within the district that have gone unreported in the media in the last couple of years. On Tuesday, a delegation from the districts Safe Schools Task Force told the board mental health issues in schools are overwhelming counsellors. While Hyndes pointed out that programs like the Erase Bullying strategy and the Safe Schools Task Force have evolved, she suggested if the district can get into early intervention for younger children, that might mitigate the types of tragedies playing out recently. She said counsellors are stretched to the limit because of the number of incidents, and insists the district needs more counsellors and services. There have been more incidents of late and so were trying to get to the crux of it and provide the service in the early age and its difficult when you have such stretched resources, Hyndes said.
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Doctors protest possible cuts to mental health budget
“If we have to cut, it really needs to be done in very close consultation with us and not have some upstairs bureaucrat make the decision about who should go and who shouldn’t,” said Termansen. Termansen said a cut of $500,000 could mean layoffs for staff like community psychiatric nurses. “I’m opposed to anybody going at this stage,” he said. Termansen said doctors were told around four months ago about the possible funding cuts when next year’s fiscal budget was discussed. Dr.
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