Landsberg’s ‘Talk to Me’ talks shed light on mental health issues

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As the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of talking openly about mental health, Middlesex County Library has partnered with the #SickNotWeak Foundation and hosted a series of talks on February 1-2 with the broadcaster Michael Landsberg to fight the stigma of discussing mental health issues. .

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“The pandemic has made mental health a much bigger issue than it was even before the pandemic, and at the time I would have thought it was one of the biggest issues on the planet. table,” Landsberg said. “The pandemic has forced so many people into bad positions that we have to be aware of it.”

The online discussions, titled “Speak to Me: 3 Words Every Teen Needs to Hear and Every Parent Needs to Say,” saw Landsberg joined by Clinton 11th grader Kyra Leddy, podcast host Life’s a Wreck Kyle Moore, comedian Sean Cullen and Hometown Hockey and Top of Her Game welcome Tara Slone as they openly discuss their own mental health journeys.

The first of the February 1 discussions focused on talking to high school students, while the February 2 discussion brought parents and guardians into the conversation and provided insight into how to approach health topics. mentally with their children.

“Don’t assume he can’t be in your house,” Landsberg said at the Feb. 2 conference. “Don’t assume, because you love your children and because you are a good parent. Don’t assume you won’t be affected by this.

Throughout the discussion, featured guests talked about the ups and downs of their mental health experiences with depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and how young people can hide their personal struggles from others, and how parents and guardians may not be aware. what their children are up against.

“They never really talked about mental health,” Moore said of her parents. “They never showed conflict in front of me. I think what would have helped me the most was knowing that my parents are human. Knowing that my parents are like me. That they also struggle, that they have days when they don’t want to get out of bed.

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“If you let them know that you love them, that you’re human, and that you’re going through all those emotions and showing them that in a healthy way, that’s the crème de la crème out there,” a- he continued. “I think that would have been a huge thing for me.”

Leddy also spoke about her feelings about mental health and the importance of parents and guardians being the first to bring the subject up with their children so they feel comfortable talking openly.

“The last thing a kid wants to feel is that they’re going to be misunderstood once they open up about something so difficult,” Leddy said. “Sharing your experiences, or people close to you and their experiences, helps normalize that people they know are also going through the same thing, because sometimes it seems so far away when we don’t know anyone who’s had an experience. similar.”

Although Landsberg criticized the province’s mental health treatment system, he pointed to several resources available to those struggling, such as Kids Help Phone and Reach Out 24/7.

You can reach Kids Help Phone by calling 1-800-668-6868, texting 686868 (kids) or 741741 (adults), or by visiting kidshelpphone.ca.

Those looking to reach Reach Out 24/7 can call or text 519-433-2023, toll free 1-866-933-2023, or chat online at reachout247.ca

For more information on #SickNotWeak, visit www.sicknotweak.com.

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