Addictions

There is an important message here and it is “Let’s Talk”.  All too often people who are dealing with mental health issues keep it to themselves, struggling, hiding and not getting help. Some people feel that mental health issues are something that they cannot talk aboutbecause of the negative stigma that has historically been associated with it. However, you should never be ashamed to talk about the issues that you are dealing with.  Everyone is dealing with their own set of issues, and some of us deal with mental health, and that's okay.  You do not need to struggle alone. “ Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures” states the Canadian Mental Health Association.

With the holiday season fast approaching, I thought I would raise a topic that many families struggle with, particularly if there is a family member who struggles with an alcohol addiction.  Gathering for a family meal together has become iconic over the Christmas season, whether that’s Christmas day itself or another day specified for a family gathering.  But, time and again the topic arises “what to do about ________’s drinking”?  This can be an all too often struggle for the family; however, the family is often not alone in that struggle.  For the individual with the issue, facing “another family meal” can be stressful, especially if they have not yet made the choice to stop using.

We are so amazingly blessed in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for having so many amazing things happening this weekend. This weekend is Thanksgiving and Oktoberfest wrapped up into one big happy package. Thanksgiving is a national holiday that is celebrated primarily in the U.S.A, and Canada, but is also observed in other places around the world.  Originally it was celebrated as a way of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. Now, we tend you celebrate with family and friends, the things that we are thankful for.