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Strombo Panel & Mental Health

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by brendanmckeigan


Today was a fun day. I was fortunate enough to be part of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on “The Panel,” alongside the incredibly funny Anna Gustafson and the immensely talented Patrick McKenna.

We spoke about mental health issues. Which was fitting since we’ll all be appearing at the Cracking Up The Capital Festival, February 5th to 8th in Ottawa. Why is that relevant? The festival serves a dual purpose besides just comedy shows. It also aims to raise money for various mental health charities. Something everybody should get behind.

I don’t want to talk about what we spoke of on the show, otherwise you may not watch it, and that’s not fair. But I will say this: it felt great to be able to talk about mental health in a supportive way. I’m know some people feel ashamed that you may be going through mental health issues. What you need to know is that there’s always somebody you can talk to. I think there are more people you can confide in than you think. Family, friends, counselors, hell even somebody from a message board.

Should somebody every have the courage to tell you about his or her mental health issues, please, listen. It is an incredibly difficult thing to bring up to somebody. Please don’t compare how bad you, or someone else you know has it either. Just listen. Be supportive, and keep being awesome.

You must have done something to earn that trust to begin with. Keep up the good work.

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