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Canadian Mental Health Awareness Week a Flop

mandelbr0t (1015855) writes | more than 2 years ago

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October 2nd to 8th is Canadian Mental Health Awareness Week. It doesn't seem to be making much of an impact though. Calgarians are more worried about the fact that some bike lanes on a busy thoroughfare to downtown are making them late for work. Typical, self-absorbed middle class suburbanites, ignoring the fact that people who slip through the cracks ultimately end up being jailed or living on the street. Do these people not have childr

October 2nd to 8th is Canadian Mental Health Awareness Week. It doesn't seem to be making much of an impact though. Calgarians are more worried about the fact that some bike lanes on a busy thoroughfare to downtown are making them late for work. Typical, self-absorbed middle class suburbanites, ignoring the fact that people who slip through the cracks ultimately end up being jailed or living on the street. Do these people not have children of their own? What would happen if mental health issues affected someone they knew? I think they'd stop worrying about finding a different route into downtown, and start worrying about the fact that the province of Alberta provides absolutely no funding outside of acute care. By that time, it is too late.

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"Awareness" fatigue (1)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 2 years ago | (#37635136)

People don't pay attention to "Awareness " any more because the novelty wore off a long, long time ago and people get that these campaigns do more to benefit the financial situation of people in the awareness industry than the actual problems that we're supposed to become aware of.

Well you found out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37635184)

Well you found out it was mental health awareness week. So obviously the word reached deep down under the rock you hide under.

But really. By what do you judge how effective mental Health awareness week was? All the major TV, radio networks gave it time at least once a day during prime time and coverage in the major newspapers. Several mental health stories were also in print leading up to and during the week. It was true that there was an election this week in Ontario, that perhaps lowered the coverage sometimes, as compared to what it may have gotten on a dead news week.

Your outburst though is rather troubling and I mean it. I'm not a professional, but just the wording of your post feels troubling. I get the impression that this mental health week is very special for you. that you feel some letdown there was not as much public reaction as you expected. Did you expect that people would stop you in the street? That spontaneous and very animated discussions would break out on your public transit or something? Or is your negative reaction just because were you disappointed at the low turnout for your protest rally.

THERE IS A REASON THEY WON'T SELL YOU A GUN IN CANADA

It has existed for 20 years? (1)

MacTO (1161105) | more than 2 years ago | (#37637086)

I have been a Canadian for over 30 years, and have never even heard of this.

Maybe it's because I'm going crazy. Or maybe it's because there are so many "days of ...", "weeks of ...", "months of ...", and "years of ..." that I've simply stopped paying attention.

Which is sad, because mental wellness is a pretty sad thing.

And Calgary has bike lanes downtown? Don't get me wrong, because they have an excellent pathway system. But the only place I can see them running bike lanes is along 7th Avenue south. (For non-Calgarians, that street is dedicated to light rail transit, and can be a bit of a death-trap.)

Re:It has existed for 20 years? (1)

mlauzon (818714) | more than 2 years ago | (#37637118)

You mean 7th Avenue SE & 7th Avenue SW. Yes, I lived in Calgary from June 2005 to late December 2006, and then moved to Edmonton for 7 months and then onto Halifax for just over a year and back to Toronto.

Re:It has existed for 20 years? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37637268)

MacTO
And Calgary has bike lanes downtown?

I think he is taking his reference from Ottawa, where the bike lanes downtown have been the big issue the last 2 months. The city has opened up a high (as in dividers) concrete barrier protected a bike lane, on one of the busiest downtown streets. Then created crazy street bylaws that run counter to any other traffic rules, anywhere in North America. Bylaws like making it legal for bicycles to pass on the right at intersections. Then wonder why, accidents especially with pedestrians, has shot up.

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