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This is a stressful business. Are you feeling run down or worse? Read this.

Pro painter Simon Kuhl, Victoria, BC, recommends Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

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October 12, 2018 by canadiancontractor

Shortly after celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain committed suicide, we wrote about the similarities between being a chef in a high-pressure kitchen and working in the renovation business: Perfection is often demanded by clients on insane deadlines – with cutthroat competitors just waiting to take your customers away from you.

We have heard from a number of contractors who said the “psychological” side of our business needs more attention. People have drug and alcohol issues and, yes, depression issues that trade magazines rarely talk about.

Not Simon Kuhl, the owner of Sombrio Painting in Victoria, B.C. 

He posted, under the Bourdain suicide piece, the following. We hope somebody might see this and get help.

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig is a good read – everyone knows someone who is severely depressed. This well-written first hand account can help those who are afflicted, and those who love them to be able to relate to them.

Simon Kuhl




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