Monday, April 18, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lessening mental health stigma

First annual Moose Jaw Masquerade Ball to raise funds for Canadian Mental Health Association
Roxanne Shandera holds her three-year-old granddaughter
Zadie Bellefuielle at the Times-Herald office.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

Looking at Roxanne Shandera's face, it's easy not to see what she's struggling with. 

She's 52 years old and works as a case manager in Moose Jaw, working with people who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As well, she has several grandchildren.
But she also has struggled with depression.

"I've been sad before but I have never, ever experienced this. It's actually happened to me eight times from October," said Shandera. "It's like this: You know when you're sitting there and you're having a conversation with someone and you know how you feel when someone's watching you? That's how it kind of felt. I was like, 'Oh, what is that?' I could feel something over there."

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