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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, November 14, 1974 People more willing to seek help for mental problems People's attitudes towards mental- health are gradually becomdig more enlightened, but mental illness is still a serious problem of increasing incidence for Canadians That was one general con- clusion of a meeting on the topic "women and mental health" held at the Lethbridge Public Library Wednesday evening Jointly sponsored by the Women's Place and the public library, the meeting took the format of a brief panel presentation followed by several small group dis- cussions. Although the participants did not come up with any specific solutions for dealing with mental health problems. Jessie Snow. Canadian Mental Health's executive officer in Lethbridge, said the informal discussion format of the meeting had been most successful since it had gotten participants thinking and talk- ing about mental health as an integral part of daily living Along with Ms Snow, June Tagg. CMHA volunteer and board member and Dr Enid Melville, child psychiatrist with Mental Health Services, spoke briefly on the wide area of concerns covered by men- tal health "I had always heard that the female of the species was more prone to nervous break- downs and mental said Ms Snow "In fact. I had always thought it was so until I saw the figures to indicate otherwise." She cited 1972 figures which indicated that 29.729 men were admitted on a first-time basis for psychiatric treat- ment compared to women In other words, 274 men were admitted per 000 of the population, com- pared to 247 women per 100.000. Patients surveyed when in- itially admitted showed alcoholism as men's most fre- quent problem, while neuroses were most often women's reasons for first- admissions. "It seems more acceptable to society that women com- plain and voice their problems." said Ms Snow, "while among men the response seems to be 'thing's will buck up. let's go have a drink and you'll feel better' The highest incidence of mental problems and subse- quent hospital admissions comes among people, both men and women, who live alone, added the CMHA of- ficer, "so it may seem that marriage, whatever else we may sav about it. is better than other states In an interview following the meeting. Ms Snow said most of the discussion groups agreed that a woman's self concept is related to the way she thinks society regards her. "Women have to feel okay about themselves, or they won't think of themselves as worthwhile members of society." said Ms. Snow She said that people are "still very uncomfortable" about dealing lirst-hand with people who are or have been mentally troubled. "Society still has the at- titude that someone who has been mentally ill is something quite different and added Ms. Snow. "Many peo- ple still fail to recognize men- tal illness as something that can be treated, like a broken arm or leg." Education is the key to changing people's attitudes, she said, and it is encouraging that people are no longer as afraid to seek help as once they were. She suggested peo- ple may be more willing to seek assistance in time of crisis because they no longer had to put themselves directly in the hands of a psychiatrist. "Through self reference, they can go to Mental Health Services and see a counsellor immediately, without an ap- pointment, if they want to just talk about their mixed feelings about an impending divorce, or if they feel they are on the verge of a personal mental crisis." "There is stiil a need for more professional people general practitioners, ministers, school counsellors to recognize when someone has deep problems and needs more help than they can give." added Ms. Snow. Speaking as a volunteer and a mother of two young children, Mrs Tagg referred to herself as the "original trapped She said women were plagued by many doubts and questions which preyed upon their minds: are they being good mothers'' Is it wrong for them to want to work? Can they leave their children with someone else'' Are they responsible for the mental health of their husbands and children as well as their own? How to prevent problems, if they see them developing'' Commenting on the decreases in first admissions of patients with mental problems to hospitals in Alberta, Dr. Melville said the decrease in statistics did not necessarily mean there were declining psychiatric- problems in the province. "We are serving the province on a wider scale now. It doesn't mean the problems are less, the patients are just getting to Mental Health Ser- vices betore they get to the she said. Dr Melville said that because more people were hopeful of successful treat- ment of a mental health problem, they were more will- ing to bring their children to specialists for treatment and diagnosis Women in the discussion groups voiced concerns about such issues as their roles as mother or martyr figures, their reactions to the family's move to a new community, their problems in com- municating with friends who were in mental distress, abilities to fight depression and thoughts of suicide. Special events planned for Canada Music Week November 17 to 24 has been designated as Canada Music Week in Lethbndge, in con- junction with similar obser- vances all across the country. Canada Music Week, now in its 15th year, is an annual pro- ject of the Canadian Federa- tion of Music Teachers' Associations, designed to promote development and stimulation of music in Canada. Local organizers for Canada Music Week Mrs. Norah Hawn and Mrs. Margaret Nelson, say one of the goals of the event is to promote awareness of Cana- Singers' executive elected The Anne Campbell Singers have elected R. C Harrison of Coaldale as their president for the coming season. Other members of the new executive recently elected are: H. M. Jubber of Lethbridge, first vice- president: Harold Arnold of Nobleford, second vice- president: Mrs. R. E. MacMahen of Lethbridge. secretary and Mrs. John Gerla of Lethbridge, treasurer. Appointed as directors to the Singers' association were Clarence Erickson of Nobleford, Mrs. Walter Gray, Gwen Uren and Doug Hartley, all of Lethbridge. -The Herald Family dian composers and their music. Participating in promoting Lethbridge Music Week are the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus, the Registered Music Teachers Association, the U of L Concert Series and the Overture Concert Series The five groups are sharing costs for paid advertisements to draw public attention to CMW Special events scheduled for Music Week include; a ticket sales drive for the Lethbridge Symphony Association's 1974-75 season which offers patrons five concerts for a student recital on Nov 19 at p.m. in St. Augustine's Parish Hall, sponsored by the Lethbridge Branch of the Registered Music Teachers Association; students who received first- class honors in the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and Western Board examinations during winter and summer sessions will be presented with awards at the recital, television appearances by representatives of the groups involved in music week, to dis- cuss the works of Canadian composers and the aims of music week. "We're encouraging radio stations to play works by Canadian composers and we're hoping all church organists will play Canadian compositions during the week- long observance. "We hope music week will increase people's awareness of the Canadian musical adds Mrs. Nelson. "We want people to know their musical cultural heritage." Golden Mile Open Monday through Fri- day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur- days 1 to 5 p m Next Week: Monday: Keep-fit 10 a.m. French lesson 1.30 p.m. Dancers will be the guests of the Whirl-A-Ways at 8 p.m. Tuesday: Singers 10 a.m. Dancers 2 p.m. ST. AUGUSTINE'S A.C.W. ANNUAL FALL TEA BAKE SALE Saturday, November Parish Hall to p.m. Sale of Christmas Cakes, Pudding, Shortbread, and Bake Table. Wednesday: Films 2 p.m. sponsored by the Lethbridge Public Library. A bond will be drawn for during the day. Thursday: Crib tournament 1-30 pm. Friday: Creative decoration (members only) p.m. Noteworthy: The centre will be having a dance Nov. 27 for members and friends. The Golden Mile Singers' Carol Festival will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 14. The centre's Christmas party will be held at p.m. Dec. 19. ALBERTA FEDERATION OF LABOUR CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE WILL Investigate consumer problems Initiate action where possible Monitor activities of consumer affairs departments of provincial and federal governments Expose price gouging i.e. Retail prices, rents, interest rates press for adequate consumer protection legis- lation Advise the Alberta Federation of Labour of your problems as a consumer Write to: A.F.L. CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE P.O. BOX 45 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA Campus stuffing bee An old-fashioned envelope-stuffing bee was held at the University of Lethbridge recently, resulting in envelopes made ready for mailing, con- taining stamps for the Kinsmen-TB Christmas Seal Campaign. Organized by Jerry Kovacs, Students' Union Information Officer, four teams representing the faculty of education, the registrar's office, the library and the student body raced to fill envelopes. Winners were the registrar's office team, stuffing 500 envelopes m a record 25 minutes. In Japan, American women have advantage Community calendar By FOX BUTTERFIELD New York Times Service TOKYO They star on television, work as lawyers, hustle drinks in bars and study karate But they usually find one thing in common in Japan. American women are treated more as foreigners than as women. In a country where women are traditionally supposed to be only good compliant housewives, this approach by the Japanese can help American women pursue careers, make money or often do things that Japanese women can't Take Edith Hanson, a tall, willowy 35-year-old Oklahoman whose name, though unknown in the United States, is a household word throughout Japan. For Miss Hanson is one of the most bizarre of all the foreigners." or Henna Gaijin who seem to endlessly fascinate the Japanese. She speaks flawless Japanese, possesses graceful Japanese manners despite her height, and has a quick, iconoclastic. un-Japanese wit. She has parlayed these talents into a successful career as host on a television JACKPOT BINGO This Thursday Evening, November 14th Sportiored by Aid of St. Peter and St. PmuTt Church STARTS P.M. HALL Corner Street B and 7th Avenue North Jackpot mtant S12S and is won every Thursday 2nd Jackpot in 58 5th, 7 Numbers Jackpot Pot of Gold ZSCPerCB-rJc tor 51.00 Also Free Cards, Free Games And A Door Prize PERSONS UNDER 16 YEARS NOT ALLOWED. BINGO SCANDINAVIAN HALL 22912th St. 'Cf N. FRIDAY, NOV. p.m. DOORS OPEN AT 7 P.M. NEW GAME in 59 NUMBERS 4th, 8th, 12th Numbers or less 5 CARDS FOR POT OF GOLD S25 Smole Winner Receive SOc GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLI. EACH 00 OOOR PHIZES 31 FREE CARDS 5 DRAWS FOR NEXT WEEK talk show. She writes regular columns for half a dozen Japanese magazines and new- spapers. often interviewing Japan's leading public figures. And she is much in de- mand as a speaker on the Japanese lecture circuit. All of these plus a new satirical novel she has written- on Japanese she does entirely in Japanese. Miss Hanson's method of learning Japanese was characteristically unconven- tional. When she first arrived in Japan 15 years ago as a college dropout, to visit her brother, a fulbright exchange would probably have been herself a Japanese dictionary and began by reading the signs on railroad stations and labels on cans. She never look a for- mal language lesson. But her career, she admits, whould probably have been impossible if she wasn't a foreigner. "There as endless curiosity about foreigners, they seem so she remarked during an interview in her agent's office. "Who knows what 1 would have become in Ihe United An organizational meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary of the 4th Lethbridge Cubs and Scouts will be held at 8 tonight in the Bambrick Room of St. Augustine's Church. Everyone welcome. The regular meeting of Dominion Rebekah Lodge will be held at 8 tonight in the Oddfellows Hall. Members are reminded to bring bingo prizes for Southland Nursing Home. The monthly meeting of the Lethbridge A.P.E.G.G.A. Wives will be held at p.m. Monday at the home of Mrs. Jan Okamura. 2406 18th Ave. S. The Canadian Western Natural Gas Company's home economist. Sheila Nieman. will give ideas for Christmas wrapping and party sandwiches. For further infor- mation call 328-3757 Southminster Junior Girls" Choir will practice at 4 p.m. Friday in the church hall. All members are urged to attend. The regular meeting of the Lethbridge Auxiliary to Shrine Hospitals for Crippled Children will be held at 2 30 p m. Tuesday at the home of Mrs M J Lloyd, 1022 29th St AS. The regular meeting of the social division of the Lethbridge Handicapped Society will be held at p.m. Friday in the Moose Hall. If transportation is re- quired, phone Frances Hochman. 328-5893 after 6 p.m. Good attendance re- quested. St. Augustine's ACW fall tea and bazaar will be held from 2 to p.m. Saturday in the parish hall The Parish Guild is convening Receiving the guests will be Mrs. Frank Lee, Mrs Derek Hoskins. Mrs. Norman Noss and Mrs. Fred Quittenbaum St. Joseph's CWL. Magrath. will hold the annual fall bazaar and bake sale from 3 to 6pm Friday in the Lion's Clubroom. Magrath. Tom- boila tickets may be obtained from any CWL member. Names will be drawn for three door prize as well. The YWCA and a group of senior citizens will be spon- soring a sale of hand-crafted items from 10am to 9 p m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p m Saturday at the YWCA. fi04fUhSt S All types of hand- craft rd items will be on sale at a reasonable cost. a foreigner has also hrlpod Meredith Endsley. a lawyer with an American firm in Tokyo 'When a Japanese client comes into the office to talk about 3 multimillion dollar shipbuilding deal and sees you arc a woman, he may related Mrs Kndsley. a slendrr 28-year-old woman with dark blonde hair "But it turns out not to be a problem, because they give me the respect they give all foreigners after you see your doctor bring your prescription to Www 1609 s ;