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The Price of Shame

Every year, Bell’s Let’s Talk event leads me to pause and consider mental health awareness. While we have come a long way with increased awareness and education, stigma persists. Whenever discussing the stigma of mental health with clients, one word invariably comes up: shame. The experience of mental health difficulties is tough enough, and when we compound it with shame, these struggles become costlier and more detrimental. Let’s try an exercise together: Think of an experience where you have or do feel shame. Feel the oppressive weight of shame; sit with it. Maybe you start to feel hot, your heart begins to race and your mind becomes overloaded with thoughts. Now imagine you have a b

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