LETTERS: You can make a difference

Lately there has been news of potential issues in both psychiatry and mental health here in the South Okanagan.

Being aware of conditions that can potentially lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can also provide simple solutions to avoid the long term affects.

Lately there has been news of potential issues in both psychiatry and mental health here in the South Okanagan.

As a patient of both, and having had excellent support in both, for a few years has shown me a lot about the people working in the many facilities; from the hospital, right down to the people in all the different aspects of mental health.

These people need our support, and also, the people most affected by these recent health concerns, be they political funding issues or just the facts that people in the business of helping others are people themselves.

They can and do have health issues as a result of having to be around the whole of the healthcare system. I do no know how they put up with the situations as they continually change.

The others affected by all the chaos, are the emergency folks, the firefighters, ambulance, police and even the tow-truck and taxi drivers. All these people are in what are potentially traumatizing conditions. Add up all these, and then the system can have an overall stress factor.

If you have any family or friends who are either patients or the many others affiliated in the over all health and protection. Please be concerned, please call someone you know and maybe you can make a difference.

Thanks for letting us live in a somewhat decent society, that can really only be as good as the participants.

Brian Strong

Penticton

 

 

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