I was recently invited to speak on the Podcast “Connecting The Community”. I met both the moderator Marj and her other guest speaker Kathleen a few years back; Pre Covid (is it fair to say that from now on we will always refer to stuff in terms of before and after Covid?) when I was invited to sit on a panel for an event at a local library, along with several others, including Marj and Kathleen, to discuss my new children’s book and issues surrounding mental health and stigma.
Since then I have collaborated on several other projects with both these lovely ladies. Each of us bringing our own agendas and points of view to the table but always with the same goal in mind.
On the podcast we spoke about the important role that both family and community play in helping those like myself and Kathleen’s son who are battling mental health issues like depression and psychosis.
Yesterday evening I went on a downward spiral. It’d been building up for days, or weeks. I liken myself to a zombie these days (perfect, I’m all ready for Halloween!). My kids were witness to part of the trauma, the hysteria and the rage; I could see the fear in Rich’s eyes as he tried to calm me down, scared I was going to cause harm to myself. In the podcast I spoke about how my family means the world to me and how blessed I am but unfortunately my illness still wants me to believe that they would be better off without me. I also spoke about the tremendous impact my illness has had on our family’s cohesiveness. How could it not? It is why it is so imperative that we (Rich and I) continue to ensure that the lines of communication with our kids, no matter their age, are always open.
We ended the podcast by spending some time addressing the long list of barriers many individuals and families face every day surrounding our broken healthcare system when it pertains to mental health and the ways in which we as a society need to fix it, NOW!!
I was extremely honoured once again to be able to share my story and perspective with a broader audience.
What is the one thing you believe our healthcare system needs to address most urgently in regards to our current mental health crisis?
If you would like to listen to the episode or follow “Connecting The Community” please click on link below: https://marjaw.podbean.com/e/conversation-with-kim-fluxgold-and-kathleen-mochnacki-importance-of-family-for-those-with-mental-health-diagnosis/
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