’Til I am myself again: Taking mental health one moment, one day, at a time

A woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform, a tuque and noise-cancelling headphones sits in a cargo aircraft taking notes.
On October 19, 2015, Captain Bettina McCulloch-Drake listens in on the aircrew of a CC-130 Hercules aircraft participating in Exercise Vigilant Shield while monitoring the activities of the image technicians working with her. PHOTO: Master Corporal Mathieu Gaudreault

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On August 5, 2004, I heard a knock on my rented townhome door in Nepean (now Ottawa), Ontario. Curious, almost dangerously so (curiosity has, at different times of my life, led to some close brushes with injuries of various types), I opened the door and came face-to-face with one of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) chaplains from HMCS (Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship) Carleton, my naval reserve unit at the time.

It would not take long, unfortunately, to find out that my then-brother-in-law, a naval reservist like myself and my first husband, was gone. Read the rest of the article . . .

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