VIDEO: Canadian Musician Opens Up About Struggles with Depression
A Canadian musician has opened up about his struggles with mental illness in hopes of helping others.
Steven Page, best known as the lead singer for the Barenaked Ladies, was the guest speaker at the Canadian Mental Health Association's Breakfast of Champions Tuesday morning.
Page says depression is the thing he fights the most and given his fame, he figured there was nothing to worry about.
"That's kinda a sense of guilt or shame that I would carry with me, a lot of people do, I think people who have good lives or what appear to be good lives. They have some success, whether financial or personal on a family level, they think what do I have to be depressed about."
He says he found a therapist that is helping him, but admits it continues to be a struggle noting the past 4-5 months have been tough.
"There have been certain times where I have been physically unable to get myself out of the house, or out of my pyjamas."
In terms of helping others with mental illness, he says to 'just be there.'
"You still see them as the person they are," he says.
For him, he says it helped when he found a therapist that 'clicked.'
"You go to therapy, or you get into some kind of medication regiment and people around you expect you are going to be fixed and that's an unreasonable expectation to have of yourself or of others, you have to be vigilant about it and sometimes you forget and you have to go back to square one sometimes."
He admitted he is worried about the province and the limited access to mental health care, afraid it is only going to get worse with cuts.
He ended his message with a heartfelt rendition of the song "Brian Wilson' which prompted a standing ovation.
The event at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts is designed to increase awareness of mental health issues and reduce stigma.