Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's Bell Lets Talk Day!!

Today is Bell Lets Talk Day here in Canada.

For every share, tweet or text, Bell Canada will donate  5¢ towards Mental Health Initiatives in Canada.

If Bell Mobility is your service provider - please send out as many texts as you possibly can today.

If you have a twitter account, please send out tweets with the #BellLetsTalk hashtag attached to each tweet.

If you are on facebook, please visit the Bell Canada page and share the following image with your friends.

It is time to take Mental Health out of the closet! Strip away the stigma. Often times people who battle with mental health issues are ashamed and therefore do not seek the treatment they so desperately need. You would not be embarrassed if you broke you leg, or if you were diagnosed with cancer, or if you got the flu. We need to strip away the shame associated with depression and other mental health issues that millions of people struggle with on a daily basis. The fact is that if you personally are not living with a mental health issue, than somebody you know is!

70% of teenagers will battle depression in their young lifetime. If you know someone who is withdrawn, who is suddenly opting to stay home instead of going to work or school. Someone who has suddenly changed their routine. Someone who suddenly does not want to take part in social activity. Someone who suddenly appears to be self-medicating with drugs or alcohol, they may be struggling with depression and I encourage you to reach out to them!

It is time to join the conversation. Knowledge is power and experience is priceless - when you are dealing with depression, you can very alone and isolated. If you have battled depression or other mental health issues in your lifetime, please share your story with others who may be going through the exact same thing.

If you are currently experiencing depression or are facing another mental health crisis - please seek help immediately!