It’s tough to have a skin condition. The impact of living with a skin condition is much more than “skin deep”, though. The weight on the emotional and mental health of people affected, and especially those who are children and youth, can be profound.
Imagine not being able to take a hot bath or shower, or go swimming with friends, or participate in your favourite sports. Imagine having to avoid wearing certain types of clothing and not being able to eat some of your favourite foods.
When you know better, you do better. The Shed the Shame campaign is dedicated to creating awareness of the social, emotional and mental health impacts of living with skin conditions, diseases or traumas. It is hoped that all Canadians will have a better awareness of all the effects of skin disorders and can be more sensitive toward and connected to individuals with one.
For the 2022 campaign, we will be joined by Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley, a registered clinical psychologist who specializes in living with a chronic illness, with a video series featuring her answers to questions from the skin patient community on how to manage the psychosocial impacts of living with a visible skin condition, chronic pain, itch, and other topics.