A former soldier courageously confronts stigma of mental illness


Susan Ormiston’s “Mind Battle” highlights the difficulties of a former Canadian soldier, home from Afghanistan, who is experiencing horrendous mental illness issues – which so many will relate to on some level.

With mental health troubles so stigmatized in society in general, you need only imagine what it’s like in the macho world of the military.

I salute this brave young man. His courage in discussing his illness will inspire many people – civilian and otherwise – who so often suffer in silence.

…And “He signed up for this” is beneath us as a society, regardless of our views of the Afghan mission.

Multiply this one man’s pain millions of times over when considering how many civilians are caught up in war, and remember those with similar symptoms having been traumatized in other ways.


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