The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal

Health

Liberal MLA David Swann is calling for major changes to be made in response to Alberta’s overburdened mental health care system.

“You’re perfectly fine. You’re going to school.”

This is an answer that some parents may give their children in response to mental health complaints, from a seven-year-old who holds his abdomen in pain from being too nervous, to a 17-year-old who can’t seem to get out of bed for days.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, in any given year, one in five Canadians will personally experience a mental health issue or illness.

Parenting is often seen as a independent endeavor, yet this common perception often leaves parents feeling as though they can't, or shouldn't, reach out for help with their mental health when needed. In our Mental Health Mind Map podcast series, Calgary parents share their struggles with building a support system to help tackle parenthood.