The first week of May is Mental Health Week, which brings awareness to mental health issues that remain invisible if not acknowledged.
Jon McComb has a personal connection with the Mood Disorders Association of BC. Having addressed his own battle with anxiety and depression, Jon joined the board of directors when asked by the doctor who helped him through it, Dr. Ron Rennick.
After Dr. Rennick partnered up with the MDABC around 5 years ago, the association started branching out and offering new services, including new programs to help youth struggling with mental health. This morning, Jon talked to Martin Addison, MDABC’s Executive Director.
“Our psychiatrists here are able to prescribe medication to get people over a hump if they need that,” said Addison “But we also provide psychotherapy services as well both in groups and individual one-on-one psychotherapy. We provide CBT-type programming and a bunch of volunteer-driven programs as well, all to help folks on their journey to mental health wellness.”
With Dr. Mathew Chow coming on board to help of youth with mental illness, Addison says the association uses Rennicks influence to help struggling teens and other youth.
“There are two problems, quite frankly. One is early identification of issues. When we get to young people fairly early on in their changing moods, as teenagers. We can often times get in front of their transition towards recreational drugs and things like that. So that’s the first and foremost — we want to get into that early intervention window,” Addison told Jon on the show this morning.
“The other thing, again, is getting rapid access. We know by getting young people to our offices and getting their process under way, is absolutely crucial to keeping them on the straight narrow, and having them function as regular, happy kids.”
Listen to the full interview here.
Written by Montana Cumming