Suicide Prevention Hotline

Suicide, especially amongst young adults, is rampant in today’s society, all around the world.  My nephew in Texas asked his Facebook friends to post this number, (the words below the number are his) which inspired me to write this post.  Please share this number, it is operational in both the US and Canada.

 Suicide Prevention Hotline (USA and CANADA)
1-800 273 8255
It’s OK not to be OK
22 a day is too high

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Let’s Talk Day sponsored by Bell Canada a huge success

Yesterday’s post sharing a promotion Bell Canada created to raise awareness and money for mental health was to encourage participants far and wide.  Today I am posting to show how effective the promotion has been since its inception.  The numbers for 2016 in the chart were not yet complete when the chart was published, but it shows how successful the campaign is and how it continues to grow each year…

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Aimed at raising both awareness and money for mental health, Let’s Talk Day appeals to all ages, especially the teenagers whose suicide rate has risen dramatically over the past few years.  What better way for them to express themselves than the social media they are so familiar with and dependent on.  The final totals for yesterday were fantastic…

A new Day record. 125,915,295 calls, texts, tweets and shares – and $6,295,764.75 raised for Canadian mental health.

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Here are a few pictures I copied off of Twitter that are symbolic of how people feel about mental health…

 

My favourite picture I saw circulating on both Twitter and Facebook was a sketch (origin unknown) of the faces of Robin Williams in a few of the roles he has played…

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Robin Williams’ face is familiar to just about everyone.  His suicide stunned and saddened the whole world in 2014.  His quote “All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul” is stunning and yet simple in its message;  mental health can affect and take its toll on anyone.

My favourite tweet on Twitter yesterday was…

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Raising over $6 M in one day is one thing. Raising awareness and understanding for 365 days: Priceless.

…a great message to end this post with.  Let’s not forget about the importance of talking and caring and understanding.  Today and every day…

Everything’s bigger in Texas, especially the surprises

This week I am in Corpus Christi, Texas to help my sister celebrate her 60th birthday. My niece planned the party; my job was just to show up.  I flew from Ottawa to Chicago to Houston to Corpus Christi, landing a mere 45 minutes before the surprise party started Saturday afternoon.  My sister’s birthday is not until Wednesday, January 13th, but we decided to make it a birthday week…

Flying into Corpus Christi, I could easily see why it is dubbed “the sparkling city by the sea”…

 

Arriving at the restaurant where the party was held just 10 minutes before the guest of honour, my brother and I took our positions behind the bar pretending to be bartenders.  Our sister arrived, was greeted by her friends and family who guided her to the bar for a margarita. The expression on her face when she realized the bartenders were her brother and sister visiting from Canada was priceless…

 

The surprise party was a huge success, just the beginning of a wonderful week spent with my sister I haven’t seen in several years.  Stay tuned for more pictures as the birthday week goes on….

 

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Christmas is coming soon according to Home Depot

 

Since Thanksgiving (here in Canada) and Remembrance Day are over, the calendar says Christmas is next.  Mother Nature has not been told yet however; we continue to have unseasonably warm weather here in Eastern Ontario, and I for one am not complaining.

Home Depot is ready though with lots of Christmas specials on…

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I usually wait until the beginning of December at least to start decorating, but I know lots of you do so sooner. Enjoy!

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Post election feelings after Trudeau wins majority

I can’t help but feel discouraged today after Stephen Harper’s conservative government was defeated by a majority of Liberal supporters as JustinTrudeau becomes the 23rd prime minister of Canada…

I sincerely hope I am wrong and that my feelings of doom are unjustinfied (spelling intentional)  I hope Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government does not destroy everything my generation has worked so hard to obtain so my children and their generation will be able to prosper as Canadians.  I have not been impressed by the Liberal government in Ontario with their multiple scandals and massive deficit.  See this previous post about my fears for a federal Liberal government.

I have been wrong before (occasionally) but cannot seem to shake this uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach this morning. In the meantime, goodbye and best of luck to Stephen Harper…

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What scares me about the upcoming election

I do not usually get into discussions about politics as I believe everyone is entitled to their opinions; after all we do live in a free country.  With the upcoming election here in Canada I worry that people have voted and will vote on candidates for the wrong reasons.  It scares me that people are willing to lose everything we, even the unpopular Stephen Harper, have all worked hard for.

I was not raised with a silver spoon in my mouth.  I was taught to work hard for my success, earn my living accordingly and save for my retirement.  I was also taught not to live beyond my means.  In other words, if I can’t afford something, I do without and certainly don’t use credit to buy it.  If I do use credit, it is used sparingly and paid off each month so that no interest is accumulated.  It scares me that people think that the 27 million dollars of tax payers’ money paid daily for interest on the Ontario deficit is acceptable.  It scares me that the Liberal and NDP candidates think a similar approach for Canada is acceptable and necessary to grow the economy.

It scares me that our once envied health care system is going down the tubes.  The ehealth scandal created by the Liberal government has created massive job losses and salary cutbacks to our health professionals and funding cutbacks for the operation of our Ontario hospitals.  These highly trained professionals will not have much choice than to take their expertise elsewhere. I worry that as I get older and need increased healthcare, it will not be available.  This Liberal approach scares me.  Their costly scandals will ruin the country as they are ruining Ontario.

I was taught too that you should be able to afford to raise children if you choose to have them.  I think Canadians should choose and pay for their own children’s daycare, sporting activities etc.  I think welfare should be for those temporarily out of work through no fault of their own.  Welfare was not meant to increase the number of children in a family, increase the social status of a family or stretch over several generations. It was developed to help people in a crisis situation, temporarily.

I was also taught that “good looks will get you the first 5 minutes, after that you are on your own”  What this meant to me is that if you are qualified for a job and good at what you do, it should not matter what you look like.  If your appearance or your last name get you an interview (or party nomination) it’s what you do afterwards that counts.  Who really cares, or who should care that Harper buttons and unbuttons his suit coat over and over?  Who cares, or who should care which politician has the nicest hair?  Who really cares if Trudeau wins he will be one of the youngest to do so?  Who wants the life of the party or a smooth talking, pot-smoking, pretty boy running our country?

This election is not a beauty or popularity contest.  It should be about who can best run this great country we live in so that we continue to prosper.  I want to enjoy my retirement without worrying that Canada is in trouble.  I hope I have taught my children the above lessons I learned from my parents.  I want them to work hard for their achievements, but I want them to have a fighting chance that their hard work will pay off for them.

I have voted for Stephen Harper in the past and will vote for him again.  Is he perfect?  Absolutely not.  Does he come across as arrogant and smug?  Sometimes.  Do I always agree with or like his actions and decisions? No, not always.  Does his resume say he has the necessary experience for the job?  Yes, it does.  Does he make tough decisions based on what is best for Canadians and Canada?  I believe he does; that’s why he gets my vote.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

As Thanksgiving approaches here in Canada (and in the USA in the near future) we should take a moment in our busy lives to contemplate what we are thankful for.  Here is my list:

  • I am thankful for my three wonderful sons, each one with different goals, dreams, skills and personalities.  I am thankful they are all still working and living close by and thoughtful enough to share their lives with me!
  • I am thankful for my husband of thirty one years, for his love and support, not to mention providing me with and helping me raise the above mentioned three sons.
  • I am thankful for my good health as well as the good health of those dear to me.
  • I am thankful for this wonderful country called Canada that we live in and the particular neighbourhood here in Kanata, Ontario that I live in.
  • I am thankful for the job I have where people pay me to play in their gardens.
  • I am thankful for the materialistic things in my life too, such as a warm and safe home, clothes on my back, food on my table, family vacations etc.

When you sit down for your Thanksgiving dinner, or before then, be sure to list the things you are most thankful for in your life.  Then remind yourself often of your good fortune, especially the non-materialistic things!