Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 in Flin Flon held their annual Remembrance Banquet Saturday night. Guest speaker RCMP Sergeant Mark Svaren talked about an issue that has been left far too long in order to start a conversation about operational service injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression or adjustment disorders and its effect on those in the RCMP and Military service that continues once they leave in some cases leading to suicide. He explained it comes out in different people differently but the cause is the same and it’s from us not dealing with things, not talking with their friends, not talking with our family, not talking with our colleagues, not making it okay to get help when we need it, not making it okay to just maintain your mental health noting too often its seen as a weakness as opposed to a disease or disorder and that’s something we need to change.
Svaren added this can change just by changing our attitude, talking about it, removing the stigma and having needed services.
The Legion presented long term service awards to members with five to fifty-five years of service.