In honour of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, a few of the staff, volunteers, and a few patients at the mental hospital came together for lunch today. It was held in a conference room, and was decorated with campaign ads. Not to mention, great food as well!
Around my table were a few of my fellow volunteers. However, a patient sat beside me by the name of Michael. He seemed content and kind, and we had a good conversation. He said he suffers from bipolar disorder, but was undergoing treatment. He told me he just had a treatment right before the event today.
It was a coincidence that we met, as I later learned that I will be volunteering with his doctors and him. About a couple of hours a day, I will be watching his behaviour and writing down what I see and learn.