Mental illness affects many across the country, and Regina Public Library (RPL) is doing what it can to advance the conversation here in Saskatchewan.
A mental health trade show will take place in the mezzanine at the RPL’s Central Library from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The show will have about 10 different organizations from around Regina available to talk about the different supports and services it has when it comes to mental health.
Organizer Alejandra Cabrera drew inspiration for the event from her own battles with anxiety and depression.
“I wasn’t sure where to go and when you’re in a moment of crisis it’s hard to know where to start,” Cabrera said. “This was kind of a way to offer it not only to myself but to the general public as well.”
The show will also have three experts speaking about mental health.
One of the speakers is Kay Parley. She is the author of Inside the Mental and was both a patient and a nurse at the Weyburn mental hospital.
“She goes through her process of being a patient, then a nurse and even talks about the LSD treatments they did back then,” explained Cabrera.
The trade show is scheduled during Mental Health Week. The annual event encourages people to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.