My goal with this project has always been about making people more aware of the mental health and particularly Clinical Depression. So as I watch the number of site "hits" increasing, more twitter followers, people talking about the project and the site and what a great idea it is....I'm pleasantly surprised and very humbled that my idea could have an impact. It is still just a little project, but people are talking about and it seems to being doing some good out there. A friend approached my wife recently to find out more about this crazy project and as they talked my wife discovered it was more than just a random conversation. This friend was worried about his child so they talked about children's behavior and how they should act in certain situations. If a parent is concerned, what do they do? Who should they turn to? These are questions that need to become more commonplace in discussing mental health. None of us likes to see our kids get sick, but if its cancer or a broken bone or diabetes, why is it so much easier to talk about than if its clinical depression, or bi-polar, or schizophrenia? Hey at least some people are talking abouth this....and that is the beginning!
Hey, less than a month to go. Had to change my leave date from June 16 to June 1 due to my daughter's year end dance performance, but that is hardly a sacrifice, she's a great dancer. Made the decision today to start the journey with fresh tires so I've got some new highway tires coming which will take me to Dawson and I'll carry knobbies along with me to change for the Dempster. While I was ordering tires, I decided to pick up a GoPro video cam for documentary purposes. I will also be using a Lumix ZS7 for stills so the photography should be covered. Follow me on Twitter @road2blue.
I'm Doug Janzen, just over half a century old, married for more than half my life and have two wonderful and beautiful teenage daughters. I've seen the devastating impact of mental illness (depression in particular) and want people to talk about these things....its an illness and nobody's fault. Lets talk about and see if we can deal with it in a helpful productive way.