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Lakefield Menís Breakfast Club hears about mental disorders

Those who suffer from bipolar disorder, clinical depression, personality disorder or schizophrenia deserve the dignity of being treated in the same way that we would interact with those who have diabetes, arthritis, asthma or any other non-communicable health problem.

They live with limitations that can be helped with professional guidance and medication.

On Saturday, January 11, the monthly Menís Breakfast Fellowship gathered at Lakefield Baptist Church for the traditional hearty breakfast, and to listen to input speakers Joan and Brian Peacock of Sound Mind Ministries do a presentation on mental health issues.

An attendance of 18 was rather remarkable on a day when icy road conditions were the worst in decades. It was a rewarding event!

An important first step is to get professional assistance to determine whether the neuro transmitters are functioning properly. Assistance and guidance in the process is also available through Sound Mind Ministries.

The Peacocks are local people and can be reached at 705-761-7602, or by email, joanpeacock@gmail.com.

An important part of their input was an assistance sheet with 15 suggestions on how to respond to someone with a mental health crisis.

Joan has served on the board of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge Branch.

She and Brian have worked with mental health disorders for over 30 years and are open to undertake speaking engagements.

We found great value in the enlightenment they brought, and practical guidance about interaction with those who have mental health issues.

One point made repeatedly was that we commonly depend on glasses, canes, hearing aids and walkers to help us with our deficiencies, and do so without any sense of guilt or shame.

The morningís program was greatly strengthened by devotional input from one of our own number whose own bipolar disorder we would never have suspected, because he has faithfully adhered to his program of medications, and has lived a productive family and business life, ďmental illnessĒ unsuspected. It was as courageous revelation.

Men from the community are invited to attend this breakfast which gathers at 8 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. The program ends by 10 a.m.

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