A three-minute video offers an insight into the mind of a person dealing with mental illness. It narrates the thoughts of somebody dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder.
At Seven Generations, the morning workshop wasn't even half-full, but one of the students was Imre Horvath. After watching the video, he said he identified with the narrator.
"I thought it was very well made, and I enjoyed watching it. With the voices, I kinda went through that a few years ago. It was post-traumatic stress, and I was thinking too much," he said.
The presenter for the workshop was Melissa Calder form the Canadian Mental Health Association, and it was part of mental health week.
"The video was about an individual that struggles with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and anxiety. Anxiety is something that a lot of people struggle with, especially when they don't have work-life balance. When they feel like they're having a heart-attack and it's really stress. It's showing that it's normal, and there's something you can do," she said, after the video presentation, which also talked about treatment options.
As part of the workshop, Calder was also there to talk about the resources and options, if you -- or somebody close to you -- may be in need of help.
"It is fairly easy. All you do is call our agency. Our number is 468-1838. You call and you say what you'd like," Calder continued.
Calder noted the symptoms in the video were brought to life last month, when she got to hear former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk. His new book -- The Crazy Game -- also describes in detail his battle with mental illness, related to post-traumatic stress, including a terrible accident during his hockey career where his jugular vein was cut by a skate.