Wednesday, February 5, 2014
"Suffering in Silence"
links mental illness to substance abuse, launches social media campaign
Released by FHA/Photo submitted of pod cast
speaker Elizabeth Humphries
6:30 a.m. and the alarm is ringing. Like many of us, “Mary” rolls over and
hits snooze. Ten minutes later, the alarm rings again, but this time Mary
doesn’t get up. Instead, she picks up the phone and calls in sick, unable to
muster the strength to face yet another day. This is the third time this
week she has missed work.
Mary suffers from depression and is like more than
500,000 Canadians who miss work every day due to mental illness.
Fraser Health is launching a social media campaign aimed at providing
information and resource materials about mental health and substance use
“It is time to recognize this is not just something that happens to ‘them’,”
says Andy Libbiter, Interim Executive Director of Mental Health and
Substance Use at Fraser Health. “Mental health and substance use issues
impact our co-workers, our families, our friends, and our children. Through
social media we can engage our communities in conversations about services,
supports and on-going challenges.”
During the month of February, follow Fraser Health
across all our social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, for
information and resources on issues ranging from Seasonal Affective Disorder
(SAD) to psychosis to addictions.
The campaign begins with Eating Disorder Awareness
Week (February 3 – 9th) where we challenge you to stop the “Fat Talk”, learn
what it is like to be a man who suffers from binge eating and take a quiz to
see if you have a healthy body image. Here is a podcast with Elspeth
Humphreys, Regional Coordinator, Fraser Health Eating Disorders Program
about the services Fraser Health provides, and what you can do to promote
healthy eating and a positive body image in your home.
The time has come to break the silence.
About Fraser Health
Fraser Health provides a wide range of integrated health services to the
largest and fastest growing population in B.C. The health authority is
committed to improving the health of the population and the quality of life
of more than 1.6 million people living in communities from Burnaby to Hope.
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