Emotional Distress

“My wife has just died. She had breast cancer… I watched her suffer miserably and then she passed away, she was only skin and bones. I just can’t accept that she is gone forever. I feel so empty inside, I have no energy, no taste for anything, I don’t want to see anyone. I only want to sleep and try to forget… It’s not a solution, I know. ”
Fernando, 58 years old

Talking to avoid break down

Emotional distress is a form of psychological suffering that many people experience at one point or another in their lives.

In 2010, the “Institut de la statistique du Québec” published a study on the health of adults in Québec, from data collected through the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS, 2002). The study showed that 23% of the population aged 15 or over had experienced a high level of psychological distress.

The intensity of this distress, which may affect both physical and mental health, varies depending on the cause(s):

  • Circumstances and events of life: mourning, separation, loss of a loved one, loss of a job, increasing responsibilities toward ageing parents, excessive workload, assault, etc.
  • Living conditions: poverty, sickness or disability, isolation, repeated mistreatment, etc.
  • Individual profile: poor self-esteem, personal strengths and limitations, etc.

Regain control on your life

In order to understand what this distress is telling us, we must take time to listen to our feelings and talk about them.

One way to do this is by calling Tel-Aide’s help line. Confidentiality and anonymity are guaranteed. Afterward, it’s always possible to get help from one of many specialized resources.

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