I just want the world to be a better place, she says, adding that she’d like to spend more time in her garden, go to the beach, play outside and have a good time.
“I’m not trying to get out of here, I’m just trying to be like everybody else.
I just love the country,” she says.
“It’s all about the people.
If you can just get your family together, go out and be the best you can be, and leave it at that, it’s really beautiful.”‘
We’re not looking for sympathy’But some of the most vocal critics of the legislation have also argued that it could discourage people from seeking help, and potentially even lead to suicide.
Former mental health advocate Dr. Michael Sussman, who runs the website Mind and Matter, says the legislation is “a step in the wrong direction” because it could “prevent people from getting help, which could lead to even more suicides”.
“In the past, there was a lot of stigma around mental illness, and I think that stigma is just perpetuated by stigma,” he says.
“There is a very high level of stigma surrounding mental illness.
It’s something that should be treated seriously, but we’re not trying for sympathy.”
‘We are the victims’A recent study by the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health found that nearly half of people in Canada who have a mental health problem do not seek help, even after being diagnosed.
The research was based on the Canadian Mental Health Survey, conducted between 2005 and 2015.
More than half of those surveyed said they had tried to kill themselves in the past year, and nearly three-quarters of those people were male.
And just over a quarter of the people surveyed said that they had been depressed at some point in their lives.
According to the study, about a third of those who had attempted suicide said they did so because they were worried about getting help.
“We are a victim group,” says Sussmann.
“We’re the ones that are suffering the most.
We’re the people who are getting the most harm.”
According the report, one in four people in the country have some form of mental illness and nearly one in three people with mental illness suffer from depression.
Sussman says that many people who suffer from mental illness do not receive the help they need, and many who seek help are not able to get it.
He says that if people are feeling isolated and hopeless, they should consider seeking help.
‘A great deal of harm’The National Coalition Against Mental Illness, which supports mental health, argues that the legislation would “seriously undermine” the mental health system and would lead to the closure of mental health services.
It also argues that it would hurt people who have been in treatment, or who have serious mental health problems.
“[This bill] will make the lives of people with chronic mental illness worse,” says the coalition’s executive director, Marcia Furlong.
They will face additional barriers to getting the help that they need.
In Canada, about one in 10 people with a mental illness are treated for a mental disorder in-person.
Furlong says that while this bill will certainly help some people, it won’t solve all of the issues.
“The reality is, we are a great deal in Canada of people who don’t receive the care they need because we have a long, long history of not being able to access it,” she said.
That’s why Furlon says it’s crucial that mental health organizations are given more resources.
We have a duty to the communities to help those who need help, says Furlos, adding there needs to be “an acknowledgement that this is a great problem that needs to get a lot more attention and that this isn’t a new problem.”
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.