In Canada, every January 25th is a day of bringing awareness around mental health issues that are either stigmatized or misunderstood. The campaign is called #BellLetsTalk Day and every time you talk, text, and join in on social media on January 25th using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, the telecommunications company Bell will donate 5 cents more to mental health initiatives. It’s the day to be the most active on all social media platforms so call, text, tweet, post on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat to your heart’s content.
Last January 2016, over $6 million dollars was raised just from being on social media and talking openly without judgment about personal stories on mental health and how to support people. Canadian celebrities are speaking out about their own stories and showing support for everyone who needs it.
You can too.
Since mental health continues to be overlooked or stigmatized for men, women, and kids, this is the main reason it keeps people in the dark and they are afraid to talk about it. With this program, it sheds light on the subject and dissolves its power over people’s lives. At the moment, statistics show that one in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime.
We need to talk.
Perfection is something that doesn’t exist in this world and once people can embrace their own imperfections, they will start to embrace them in others as well and realize we’re all connected and want the same things out of life such as love and belonging. However, when mental health is brushed under the rug to hide it from everyone as if it’s taboo, it disconnects and makes people feel excluded even more. This only prolongs the suffering for that person.
Imagine if that person was you.
How can you help someone who is suffering? Watch the language you are using, educate yourself, be kind, listen and ask questions and talk about it. Mental health matters as much as your physical health, therefore watch for signs where you may feel depressed, anxious, stressed, or have more serious issues.
If you are the one who is suffering, please know you’re not alone and you don’t have anything to be ashamed about. Get the help you need. Now is the time to pick up the phone and put an end to the suffering and hiding.
It’s a small action with a big impact, so let’s talk ❤
Much Love ❤