The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “depression

Summer Reflection: Any Cure For The Summertime Blues?

Posted on July 6, 2018

There are many different kinds of poverty in our world today, but one form gaining increasing attention is that of loneliness.  There’s a distinction between loneliness and the solitude so many of us seek each summer. The former is about the deep disillusionment of being alone while the latter is about the pleasure of being in our own company and finding healing in it. It is entirely likely that this summer will be plagued by more loneliness than any in recent memory.  This isn’t just a thought or premonition since there’s plenty of research and evidence to reveal that loneliness itself might well be at epidemic levels. Writing in the New York Times last April, Leah Nash made a rather stunning declaration: “There’s a mountain of…

We All Carry a Little of the Tragic

Posted on August 14, 2014

FROM OUR VERY FIRST SIGHT OF HIM WE KNEW there was something different. Whether he was portraying an alien, psychologist, cartoon character, a man dressing as a woman, or just a profound stand-up comic, we were drawn to Robin Williams by something far deeper than mere humour or talent. Somehow on his face was drawn the deep pathos of humanity, even if it was shrouded in hilarity. His death, announced this week, was unique in its ability to shock and dismay the hearer. We loved him, but we never knew how much until we learned he was gone. Some of us are inconsolable. Others have used the occasion of his passing to highlight the deeper realities of mental illness and depression. Still others have shed…

Romeo Dallaire and Using Depression

Posted on December 5, 2013

Here is a copy of my Huffington Post piece published today on Romeo Dallaire and his struggle with depression.   When I read that Romeo Dallaire had been in a car accident on Parliament Hill just outside of East Block, I wondered if it was due to fatigue.  I have never known him to be anything other than fully occupied and frequently exhausted in the course of his heavy schedule.  Later, when he confirmed he had fallen asleep and that he was haunted by the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide about to be commemorated in April, it all made sense.  And it will only get worse when he flies back to that nation in a few months, visits the gravesites, witnesses again the countless…