I'm really impressed to see the corporate world standing up to support the mental health needs of their employees. The Bell Let's Talk campaign is on right now, and serves as a great model for us all to create mental health friendly work environments. See: letstalk.bell.ca/en/
I was also very privileged to meet with the Canadian Mental Health Commission recently, who are committed to help break down stigma in society and to support the mental health of all Canadians. They have a lot of great resources on their website, too.
The tragic story of a newborn found dead in Calgary has raised questions about the role of newborn safe havens, and what we can do to mitigate such tragedies in the future. My first novel, The Necessities of Life, was inspired in part by work we did to develop the first such newborn safe haven in Alberta, called Angel Cradles, Of course, we need to be thinking about the vulnerable newborn, but also the parent who may be hiding their pregnancy or facing untold hardships themselves. I had wrote about Magda in Necessities for that very reason. I'd be interested in what you think.
See one of many media stories here
As mentioned during the book launch, and in keeping with my novels' themes, I encourage you to join me in making a donation to the Covenant Foundation this year to support a good cause...mental health-friendly environments. It's a privilege to work in heath care, and I have to thank so many people for creating such welcoming and compassionate environments to support our patients, residents, and staff. The inspiration for writing stories comes easy by the witness of my colleagues' many examples. http://www.covenantfoundation.ca
Please consider supporting Covenant Health's new NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit at the Misericordia Hospital. Some of the subject themes I addressed in my last novel were inspired by the great work of our NICU staff. https://www.dreamlifelottery.win
Enjoying dinner with one of the many great people who have encouraged me to write...Archbishop Emeritus Joseph MacNeil.
Thanks to all those who share their stories for the betterment of others; to break down stigma surrounding pregnancy loss, postpartum depression, and the impact of complicated grief. I pray my story also inspires you to reach out to those in need.
In coming days I will post pictures taken by Jon Popowich from the book launch. The look on all the faces of those who attended, from my vantage point as I read selections of the novel, was quite extraordinary.