Yesterday there was a horrible tragedy in Abbotsford, BC as two high school students were stabbed at random by a 21-year-old male. One of the victims has now died in hospital. We now have authorities scrambling for details and two families in crisis as they try to make sense of something that they could have never prepared themselves for and that simply should not happen. Social media is in frenzy about this and many so many perspectives are being floated and offered.
Imagine a young girl (we’ll call her Sally) who one day was told by her mother, that she was going to visit her uncle and aunt in the city. Her mother took her to visit her uncle, but then left her behind and returned home without her, with the only explanation that she will come and visit her soon. She was only three years old.
Addiction is one of those experiences that seems to have a cloud of shame and fear hovering over the one experiencing it. The tendency, then, is for the one struggling to go underground with their addictions. This can be doubly painful because part of what likely gave birth to their addictions is that they went underground with their pain and difficult emotions and experiences in the first place.
Mental health and physical health are fundamentally linked. People living with a serious mental illness are at higher risk of experiencing a wide range of chronic physical conditions. Conversely, people living with chronic physical health conditions experience depression and anxiety at twice the rate of the general population.