Today, across Canada we are talking about mental illness to raise awareness and lower the stigma. I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression for almost 30 years. I now have it under control, but sometimes, for no reason at all, that ugly demon rises up and takes over my thoughts. I now know how to deal with it, but others aren’t so lucky. I’ve met young people who refuse medication because they think they can deal with it on their own. If you had diabetes, would you refuse to take insulin? Your mental health is no different. Let’s talk about it and make mental illness a priority.