Deb: I am an advocate for Mental Health and Addiction because I was diagnosed with a severe panic disorder and secondary depression when I was younger. At the time, I was afraid to tell anyone about my condition. I abused my medication, felt embarrassed, ashamed and didn’t believe anyone would understand. I believed there was something very wrong with me. But, here I am 18 years later, on the other side – free from medication and only a few panic attacks to report. And I am no longer afraid to share my story.
I created my page because I am currently studying to become an Addictions Worker/Counsellor and also with the hope of spreading awareness of the link between mental health and addiction.
We need conversations of these subjects daily; education and awareness to help remove the stigma from both. When we share our stories, I believe it encourages others to share theirs and possibly seek help. Let’s keep talking!!
I created this page to share what I am learning along the way, as I personally feel this information gets lost amongst the news in our society. I will share local information and services currently available to anyone who may need it, and of course share positivity with everyone.