Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Moved, Terrace BC, Mental Health Monday

If you've reached this page, then you're curious. Either, curious about this new person living in your town or curious about a friend that moved away suddenly.

Here's the lowdown.

I haven't been myself for awhile. It has felt as though I've been looking at the world through graphite glasses, and my writing suffered. I have produced an enormous amount of writing since admitting myself to the hospital, but it suffered until then.

Moving to Terrace is a step towards health.

Mental Health.

Whoops! Did I scare you? I hope not. You see, mental health affects almost everyone in Canada at some point in their lives, whether it's the baby blues of a new mother or the anxiety of starting a new job. Mine was just more severe.

In the past I have written three children's books, a novel and three plays. I wrote one play for the Homegrown Play-writing competition in Whitehorse, Yukon, which I later rewrote, developed into a monologue, directed, produced and acted. It was an amazing experience but even then the world was a grey.

Since I left the Yukon, I haven't felt the same need to write; until now.

While part of my issues began long before I ever landed in the Yukon, most of it was manageable. I built my own social, employable, educational and personal tools to overcome difficulties I didn't know I had. One day those tools stopped working.

I was in hospital for eight days and those eight days have forever altered my perspective and the writing hasn't stopped since!

I will be blogging far more often now since I have something to say and can once again see things from a healthy point of view. Please note that I will be blogging often but from now on, when I blog on Mondays the theme will be mental health. Please join me on these days if this is an issue you feel passionately about and while I share my personal journey with it.

In addition, new themes for different days will begin including:

Wicked Wednesdays - where my dark humour gets to come out!
Throwback Thursday - where I share an archived post from my previous blog. 
Free-write Friday - where I share some random bit that came out of me. I promise to show you the unedited crap in all it's glory!
Story Prompt Saturday - where I write a prompt and share my last week's prompt results. 

Best of luck, folks stay healthy. 

If you know someone who is in need of support please use the following guide:

In Terrace, contact: 

Terrace Community Mental Health Services
Suite #34
3412 Kalum St
Terrace, BC V8G 0G5
Office Phone: (250) 631-4202
Fax: (250) 631-4282
After Hours or Emergency Line: Psychiatric unit - (250) 638-4082
Hours of operation: 0830 to 1630 - Monday to Friday

In BC, contact: 
  • Here to Help
  • Mind Check
  • BC Mental Health 
  • or:Call 911 - If you believe that your life or someone's else life is in danger.
    • BC Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number). It's free and available 24 hours a day.
    • 1-800-SUICIDE (that's 1-800-784-2433). If you are in distress or worried about someone else. It's free and available 24 hours a day.

In any place where medical aid is possible: 
If you are:
  • feeling desperate and hopeless
  • worried you might hurt yourself, someone else, or commit suicide
  • alone with no one to talk to
If you have:
  • made a plan
  • the means to hurt yourself or someone else (e.g. pills or a weapon)
  • attempted suicide or hurt yourself before​
Please get help immediately! Do one of the following:
  • Call 911 - If you don’t know how to ask for help, click here.​
  • Go the nearest Emergency Hospital
    • Not sure if you should go to the hospital? Click here.
    • Nervous about calling? Learn what to expect. Click here.
  • Call the local Emergency Response Service
  • Call a Crisis or Intervention Phone Line, or
  • Go to the nearest Mental Health office if it is not urgent.
Once you have called for help, use these tips to wait safely. If you need to talk to someone, but don’t need to call 911 or go to the emergency room, there are many other ways that you can get help! Click here to explore your options.

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