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The View from the desk of Marga Cugnet, CEO Sun Country Health Region


Ode to June

April showers bring May flowers. That bit of poetry has always irked me because it clearly wasn't written in Saskatchewan. April still leaves cold and snow and May often feels like a long, dark tunnel.

In this province, the poem would have to read: May showers bring June flowers.

That doesn't even rhyme.

Who cares - when it's June?

This month in Saskatchewan starts out by bringing us the glorious tulips, then the amazing scent of apple blossoms and then the lilacs. We have to catch them quickly, especially this year, before their beauty fades. But the air is so fresh and clear and the sun is so warm that is hardly matters. Before long, another bunch of wondrous blooms will jump up to take our attention away.

June is the month when we remember why we live in this province, where we are not bumping up against someone else every second of every day. We have space to breathe and experience joy.

Joy is the point of this meandering. The ability to experience joy is one of the characteristics of good mental health. Sun Country Health Region has numerous resources to help people who are experiencing psychological difficulties. We have registered psychiatric nurses, counsellors, social workers, primary health practitioners, psychologists and psychiatrists, all of whom are here to help you or a member of your family who is inexplicably sad on these beautiful days.

The Canadian Mental Health Association says "Mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental. Reaching a balance is a learning process. At times, you may tip the balance too much in one direction and have to find your footing again. Your personal balance will be unique, and your challenge will be to stay mentally healthy by keeping that balance."

The organization says about 20 per cent of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Mental health as an issue is coming to the forefront, thanks to people like Clara Hughes who are willing to talk about their own challenges.

We can help you find that balance so that June is once again a wonderful experience. Call us.



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