Elizabeth passed away on February 1st 2013 after a long struggle with the poor plate she was handed at birth and a society in which she lived that had little or no idea of how to help, cope or give support.
It is five years later, 2018. There have been some changes not sufficient but change is change and we must be thankful that the political will and the public attitude towards mental health is beginning to evolve. Justin Trudeau, our current Prime Minister has personal experience of mental illness within his family. His mother, Margaret, suffered depression. Since being in office, both Justin and Margaret Trudeau have made their mission to change the face of mental illness, putting focus on the way government and society responds to mental illness, bringing mental illness to the public arena so as to understand that mental health is an illness, an illness as much crippling as Cancer or Diabetes.
There is still a long way to go but while the end of the road is not in sight, it is at least a road being traveled.
Articles written and initiatives established appear below in the five years following Elizabeth’s death.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada. http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/sharehope
- An online group to connect peers to those with mental illness.