The COVID-19 pandemic has shed a very bright light on just how fragile Calgarians' mental health has become and its manifestation is taking a toll on families, our economy, and our quality of life. Individuals, myself included, cannot sustain the high level of stress coming from all aspects of their day-to-day lives while still being required to fire on all cylinders.
A decline in mental health in individuals has been seen to contribute to a short lifespan, depression, substance abuse, suicide attempts, and more. Calgary, among other cities in Canada, is experiencing a rise in opioid addiction, which could be a response to pain, both physical or psychological. People’s lives are at stake; too many Calgarians are suffering in silence and, if elected, I will make it my mission to take a stand and build stronger and sustainable supports for those who are suffering.
Calgarians are known for pulling up their bootstraps and showing up in times of need. COVID-19 has shown us the severe implications of declining mental health, but it has also shown us that Calgarians are committed to thriving and being well to contribute to their communities.
Through prevention, in young and old, and readily available resources, we can build healthy and strong individuals which would be the foundation for healthy and strong communities.
I promise to lead from a place of compassion instead of judgment to enrich those in our community and to encourage mental and physical wellbeing for all.
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