Quote: Let’s talk about mental health

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, an annual Canadian campaign aimed at raising awareness about – and raising money for – issues surrounding mental health.

I know people – strong, smart, funny, resilient, wonderful people – who are at times nearly paralyzed by depression and anxiety. This is something that affects us all.

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Read: When the Moon is Low

I’m drawn to the stories of women, of mothers.

But let’s backtrack for a minute.

When I was a kid, I read all the time. Judy Bloom, Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High. Anybody else still remember Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield from SVH? My surrogate sisters. A little later came Harlequin novels, full of heaving bosoms and shuddering sighs. Then mysteries. Eventually I just settled into novels, and I devoured them.

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