Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann released the following statement to mark World Health Day:
“The theme for this year’s World Health Day is depression. All of us have a friend or family member who has struggled with this illness – or may even be in the midst of it right now. Scared of being shunned or dismissed, too often they suffer alone and in secret.
“In the past, I have spoken out about my own experience with depression, and today I encourage those with similar experiences to do the same. As well, have the courage to reach out to those showing signs of distress, and offer your support; that is what community is all about. On this World Health Day, let’s promote mental health by breaking down the stigma surrounding it, so that those who are suffering can seek help without shame.”