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As a Regional Advocate who has written extensively about mental illness on this network I was rather discouraged to see that after all these years we still have to tell people that mental illness is actually a thing.  Haven’t people learned anything yet?  Mental illness is a reality regardless of how old people are.  Schizophrenia was not mentioned in the list of illnesses kids can experience, but many teenagers can be afflicted with it as well as bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder.  When I was reading this post I felt as though some people haven’t been paying attention because in 2024 we shouldn’t still be at the stage of needing to tell grownups that the young people under their care can suffer from mental illnesses, and they should take it seriously.  Good grief!

Congratulations on your award.  I am one of the people who have not learned your speech patterns yet, and I never seem to get the chance to do so.  I guess I would need more exposure, but so far it hasn't happened. 

Congratulations on your award.  I am one of the people who have not learned your speech patterns yet, and I never seem to get the chance to do so.  I guess I would need more exposure, but so far it hasn't happened. 

 Last year while I was attending the Conference in Windsor, I bought the book Prophetic Lament by Soong-Chan Rah, and the Scripture text that speaks to me the most is Lamentations 3:19-33.  Feel free to read the whole thing, but I had to stop somewhere.  I DID NOT choose this text. It grabbed me and never let go.

How sad!  Why do those agencies always assume that bad behaviour is caused by abuse in the home?  You'd think they would at least do their homework and check things out before removing a child.  In Québec the Direction de Protection de la Jeunesse (Children's Aid), was put into trusteeship because it failed to intervene in a child abuse case.  I know that seems to contradict the above, but kids can be abused in foster care as well as in the home environment, and there is no guarantee that removing them from their familiar environment will protect them from abuse.  Nor that their home is necessarily more abusive than foster care would be.

 At First Montreal CRC, we have been holding Tenebrae services on Good Friday for AGES.  I don't even remember what Good Friday services were like BEFORE that.

 My mom took care of that by getting my cousin who's a notary to write it down.  She's 93, so she doesn't want to be resuscitated if her heart were to give out, and we know about it.  At her age that's normal.  I have a hand-written will because getting a notarized will is more expensive than I can afford on social assistance.  Being poor affects all aspects of life, even what happens after you die.

I am not implying that it's a simple issue. Ghislaine Maxwell, for example, was hoping for a marriage proposal from Epstein and never got it. Roger Ailes's assistant got a mere pittance in his will for her efforts, and the character in the novel The Handmaid's Tale ended up being arrested and tried for crimes against humanity for her participation and support of the regime that oppressed other women. I guess she was hoping to get children in this way because she couldn't get them otherwise. The power ultimately rests in the hands of the men who use these women to get their own ends, and their guilt is all the greater because as Jesus said in Matthew 18:6 ff. "6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." In other versions stumble is replaced by the verb to sin. Anyway, I would not want to be in the shoes of these men on Judgment Day.

 As someone who has sat on the board of directors of a local day center for people with mental illnesses for several years, even though I am not a professional in the field I was able to provide that information to the Church Council.  It's a very good article although the information in it seems geared almost exclusively to Americans.  Then again, in Canada  mental health resources vary from province to province, so what goes for Ontario doesn't apply to Quebec or Manitoba.  It is up to churches to figure out what is relevant in their province, but they could probably find it by Googling it.  Or call their local hospital.

 In Québec psychiatric patients are referred to their local hospitals for health care.  They can also visit their CLSC (Centre local de services communautaires/Local community services centers).  Then there are also day centers for people with mental illnesses, where psychiatric patients can participate in various activities to pass the time, and if they are well enough to consider a return on the work market or to school they are encouraged to participate in back-to-work activities where they can take courses to complete their high school education or post secondary education, or even participate in make-work projects.  And then there are also crisis centers for those who have psychotic episodes or who are suicidal.  I mentioned these resources to my church council.



While looking at the summary I noticed that my family name is not spelled correctly.  There is a c missing before the K.  My name is of Belgian origin and those names often have double if not even triple consonants.  I've seen names of streets spelled Edmond Nerynckx.  My late paternal grandparents used to live on a street with such a name in Hal, a suburb of Brussels.

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