What health issue facing Nova Scotians are you most passionate about? Why?
[Transcribed] So this question is asking which health issues that Nova scotians face on my most passionate about and why and I think what I'm most passionate about this the struggles that people who faced mental health and addictions go through a little bit of background about myself. I just graduated from Pharmacy this year and all throughout pharmacy school. And now I've been working in a Community Pharmacy. So as a result, I've been in contact and dealing with a lot of people and clients who struggle with mental health and
actions and I can't help but empathize with their struggles for two reasons. Number one. I feel like there's a lot of stigma facing them that they face in terms of like trying to help, you know, they're free to kind of open up to just anybody because they're afraid of being judged and that could be due to a lot of different things. It could be due to the fact that in society if you review mental health and addictions as
Something that's almost it's in a person's control. Whereas with you. This physical disease is something that's not in a person's control and I don't know how true that is. So that could be contributing to their stigma. Another reason that I'm passionate about this is because I see their struggles working in Community Pharmacy in terms of
finding adequate help and resources to meet their health care needs like a lot of the time there are a lot of resources in Nova Scotia directed towards mental health and addictions, but they just don't know where what they are or where to access them or how to get to them and I think that's a great place for family physicians to step up because if a family physician example is an effective Communicator, they can work hard to you know act as Liaisons between patients and Community Resources available to them.
I'll give an example of like a simple example that I went through in the pharmacy one day that kind of really highlighted the stigma that wanted one of the patients that I had dealt with. So it was a patient. She struggled with ADHD and it wasn't on a lot of stimulant medications which are controlled. So not like it's hard. You can't really feel them early.
And she opened up to me about how she just had a child and just working really hard to get her life together. And in the past she very much abuse her ADHD medications you take more than she needs to and now it's at the point where she kind of like asks her partner to hold her medications and give them to her only when she needs it, but she'll hoard them and then take a lot at one time and it really struck me how open she was Amina and I kind of felt
Honored in a way that that she was able to open up the you know, I was able to help her. So my solution to her was, you know, I recommended potentially longer active medications ones that are harder to abuse ones that that I thought were good. And we kind of sat down and we scheduled the medication review and we talked about all the different options that she could have had and and then wrote made a recommendation of like one that I thought would have been best for her situation.
Anyways at the end of the whole conversation, she was just she said to me thank you so much. You're the first person. I've talked to who hasn't judge me for this. I honestly didn't know where to go for help and thank you so much for not judging me and in my mind personally, I didn't feel like I did anything special for her. I thought I was just doing my job, but it just goes to show a little bit about her experience and how she face stigma and how she almost felt dismissed before and that could be due to a variety of things like
people or Healthcare professionals aren't
I'm fully trained on how to deal with with people who have complicated until Nathan not only some diction. That's not that's not to say that nobody is but like, you know or sometimes too complicated or they feel dismissed or
They don't they just don't know where to go for help. So that's kind of why I'm most passionate about and if I were to get accepted into medicine where I would want to make most of a difference.