Mr. Michael Pietrus, Director of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Opening Minds Campaign and his team is putting in their best efforts to make more people learn about mental illnesses, their symptoms and their treatments as well enabling people to get to know about any such illness (if suffering) at the earliest possible.
Pietrus is also working hard to eliminate the stigma that is usually attached to any mental illness, which often hinders people from seeking any treatment to their symptoms.
Today, the Schizophrenia Society of Canada is opening its annual convention in Regina where Pietrus is the keynote speaker. According to the sources, Pietrus will be primarily focusing on mental illness and will be also highlighting about some statistical data in his speech.
Mental depression is growing big and this year approximately seven million people in Canada will be experiencing same be it mild depression or an extreme psychoses, and only one out of every six children diagnosed with the illness get treated.
Pietrus is really keen to change people's thinking regarding mental illness and to serve his purpose, his team since a number of years is talking to youth, health-care providers, businesses and media regarding same.
"It's like any other disease: If you can intervene early or catch it early, the difference in quality of life for that individual going forward can be dramatic", he said.