Dear Gossips,

Thank you for your messages yesterday about mental health.  A reader called Jeannie wrote to me in response to my post to tell me that last month, the World Health Organisation confirmed that “depression has become the leading cause of ill health and disability across the world” affecting over 300 million people. And still, many who are struggling with mental health have difficulty accessing care and still others, because of the ongoing stigma associated with depression and other mental health conditions, are not seeking care at all.

But a stigma is not unbreakable. It can be challenged and defeated. In the United States, the Okay To Say campaign encourages people to make it okay to talk openly about mental illness – just like any physical disease. Here in Canada, Bell Let’s Talk “promotes awareness and action with a strategy built on 4 key pillars: Fighting the stigma, improving access to care, supporting world-class research, and leading by example in workplace mental health”. Both of those links have more information about ways you can help and how you can contribute to a more effective conversation about mental health.

My friend, the one I mentioned, she knows I wrote about her yesterday. She needed to know that this site was paused yesterday because she is worth it. She is trying to believe that she is worth it. Thank you for understanding. We are back on regular schedule today.

Yours in gossip,