The Untold Story

What a mess, this whole COVID-19 pandemic. I mean, everyone is a mess. I’m sure many of you have noticed – your friends, your colleagues, even your children have been hit by another, less prioritized emergence of the disease. What is this illness, you ask? Well, it’s the mental-illness one. Surprised? I bet not. This is the story of the untold story, our cry for help during the pandemic

However, what should surprise you is the amount of time and energy being dedicated to minimizing the mental-health impacts of such an unprecedented rise in mental-health conditions…. In fact, I feel like no one who can make a difference is even trying.

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Sure, when it’s brought up to the powers-that-be, they acknowledge that it’s not a good situation. Yet… they do nothing… Just a bunch of Trending buzzwords – you know, things as a society we are supposed to say. The problem with using taglines and go-to phrases is that they mean nothing if there is no action.

But for me, it’s beginning to feel like a pat on the head and hint to go away. If you are one who agrees and has the power to make a real difference for millions, then why don’t you? If you’re one of those pass-the-buck politicians, then you need to read this article below. Heck, we all need to read the article below. If you pass the buck, maybe you should pass on your political post.

Mental Illness – the next pandemic?

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So, if this is the case, that we are facing a mental-health crisis, and it certainly seems to be the case (I read a lot), then why is there not an all-guns-blazing approach to try to head off this global infection of mental illness? My feeling on the matter is: mental health has never been a top priority. Never! So why should it be now? It’s the untold story of this crisis.

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The Untold Story

For example, mental health here in Canada is a Two Tiered System, made up of private and public organizations. All this has done is jam up the public system and tells people who can’t afford private care that they aren’t good enough – that they don’t matter. So, with a drastic uptake in mental-health issues, more people are going without. A public system, one that was overwhelmed, is now in a real crisis… The only way to relieve this burden? Heavy investment in the public system and an amalgamation of services, so EVERYONE has a better chance of getting the help they need.

Well, you do matter and that’s why many people with mental illness share their stories, so you know you are not alone. People like you see down below:

With all that said, is it because those who can fight for us choose not to because they are cold and uncaring? While I can’t say for sure, I want to believe that this is not the case. Rather, I want to say that it’s because there is so much going on, that they themselves are too distracted. After all, they are trying to get us through this pandemic, right? But.. if you look at it from an emergency management perspective (triage), in my view, it should look like this:

  1. Pandemic – including testing, vaccinations, financial aid packages, etc
  2. Heavy investment in a PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
  3. Heavy investment in a PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

In short, it’s essential that we take the “what’s best for everyone” approach. This begins when we understand that helping the many should outweigh the needs of the financially- stable few.

In closing, I will say this: regardless of where the political priorities lie, the mental-health pandemic is not going away. It will not “take care of itself,” and as long as millions of people are denied the help they so desperately need, mental pain will continue to spread across this globe. And as a result, the plight of so many people will become part of the untold story.

Great reads on mental health

Live in Canada – Demand more funding for mental health. But also, we must demand a universal, well-funded public mental-health-care system.

Write Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tell him how long you’re waiting, how you can’t afford private care and tell him how you are feeling… Click the link below to email him.


Human Rights Commission of Canada

Contact them at: Go to their site to issue a complaint there:


Mail your written complaint to:
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Call and make your complaint to our National Call Centre:
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Human Rights commission – Nova Scotia

More helpful addresses – Leader of the federal NDP

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Gary Burill – Leader of The Nova Scotia NDP

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Jonathan Arenburg
Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental-health blogger, writer, Wellness coach and published author – appearing in the i’Mpossible’s Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental Health Talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has also written for the mental-health advocacy organization Sick Not Weak.

Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health-related podcasts Including: A New Dawn, The Depression Files, Books and Authors, and Men Are Nuts. Since being put off work because of PTSD, Jonathan has dedicated his time to his mental-wellness journey while helping others along the way.

Educated as an addiction’s counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years to working with those who have intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, and mental illness.

He has also spent fifteen years in the volunteer fire service helping his community.

His book The Road To Mental Wellness goes into detail about his life-long battle with depression, anxiety and more recently, PTSD. In it, he hopes to provide insight on how mental illness cultivates over a lifetime and, if not recognized and treated, how it impacts the entirety of one’s life – right from childhood into the adult years. Jonathan lives with his two children in Nova Scotia, Canada.
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  1. John I believe we’re going to have this mental health crisis as you say, even on a grander scale when things, “” return to normal,” hell, even now. Encourage everyone to reach out to those authorities listed above, make noise. Mentalhealthforus asked president Biden questions, read them here:
    We are grateful for
    “ Before the pandemic, over 118,000 people died by suicide and overdose in 2019. An HHS official says the administration is expecting that number to increase because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Preliminary data out of the CDC indicates that the number of drug overdoses through July 2020 increased by 24% from the year prior.”

    It has taken years, but we finally have a US president in office that believes we need to put money into the mental health services. I heard every Canadian to contact those authorities listed above. A New Dawn (

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