Breathe Now: It's OK to talk about it

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Slides for my presentation at the April 14, 2012, Breathe Now conference in Victoria, BC."It's OK to talk about it."

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  • 1. Airdrie Miller Blogger: Twitter: @airdrie_miller Vancouver, B.C.

2. My Story: 1990 3. 1995Married Derek K. Miller ( 4. 1998Marina Miller born. 5. 2000Meredith Miller born 6. The face of depression. 7. World Health Organization definition of mental health: a state of well being in which theindividual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can workproductively and fruitfully, and isable to make a contribution to his orher community 8. Lets talk about the statistics 20% of Canadians will suffer from a mental illnessin their lifetime. 8% will suffer a major depression 1% will suffer bipolar disorder (manicdepression 1% will be diagnosed with Schizophrenia.How many friends do you have of Facebook?Twitter? Apply these statistics to them. Mentalillness does not discriminate. 9. 2003: Desperate Housewife 10. Merry fucking Christmas! 11. inpatient 12. outpatient 13. balance 14. With help I becamehealthy, strong and resilient. 15. 2007 Derek gets Cancer 16. May 3, 2011 17. Life can turn you upside down. 18. Mental illness is real, and it istreatable. 19. Not only is it OK to talk aboutit, talking about it is an important step in achieving mental health. 20. Share this message with your children. 21. ResourcesMoods MagazineEsperanza Magazine