Let’s Talk

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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 ❤

Jen

 

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39 thoughts on “Let’s Talk

  1. Love this. I promote this in my workplace often, we have different days for it over here sometimes. I think its great to break the taboo, I my motto is a cuppa.. everyone can spare 10 minutes for a cup of tea and that really can be all some people need — a chat and a cuppa

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  2. While I understand that this initiative is driven by a commercial or advertising motive as far as Bell is concerned when it comes to sponsoring but the good part is the awareness it creates for people to come out and do something rather than suffer in silence. It has been said enough times, that a major reason for suicide too is because people don’t speak and express. If they talk about it, may be things can improve or at least some some support can be created.

    I also feel that modern lifestyle is putting so much pressure to perform…to look good..to achieve…it becomes breeding ground for people to get inferiority complex or to feel left out. We need to appreciate that we are humans first and we are not programmable machines!

    Happy to read this write up Jennifer! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. A great post, Jen! As always! 😍❤️😘 Talk about it. Let it all out. Inhibition and taboo-ing the topic is like closing the lid on a pressure cooker. People think they’re doing good by never allowing them to talk about that sensitivity, misunderstanding as thinking they thought best, when it really isn’t. Have you read the book Me Before You?

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    • Deepika thanks so much for your lovely comments 😍 and what a great analogy with the pressure cooker that’s so true! 😊😊

      Yes I’ve seen that movie actually but haven’t read the book. It was so good I loved it! 😘😘❤❤

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      • You’re most welcome, sweetie 😍😘 Haha, thanks! Yeah, the movie was beautiful but the book was even beautiful. You should definitely read it 😘 Why I mentioned it was how Louisa Clark treats Will Traynor like a normal person instead of stepping carefully around him like everyone else. He needed someone to have a go at and someone to talk about stuff as if everything was normal. She gave him that. Your post collaborates well with it, that’s why I cited it ❤️

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      • Yes sweet Deepika 😍 I also love how Louisa treats Will as an equal. Their relationship is beautiful. Thank you for tying that book to the post. There’s also another similar book/movie called The Intouchables. It takes place in Paris so the movie has subtitles but it’s so inspiring. ❤ I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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      • Yeah, Will and Lou are such an amazing couple, Jen ❤ Too bad their story ended the way it did 😦 Ooh, really? I'll definitely check that out! ❤ I had a great weekend, darling, how about you and how's your week?

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      • Oh, yay!!! Welcome, welcome, back to India! ❤ ❤ ❤ I'm sorry for not being able to get back to you earlier, Jen, things have been a little busy here at home. But I really think Bangalore is still on! I'll confirm it as soon as possible! ❤

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  4. Excellent post, Jennifer! I’m so glad I took the time to read it 😊 There’s so much stigma associated with mental illness! Let’s hope initiatives like these will help change people’s perspective.

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  5. We had a Time to Talk day where I work. I led a couple of sessions in mindfulness. It’s important especially when the organisation is going through a major Transformation Project. Loved reading your blog. 🙂

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    • Hello VK and it’s great to have you here 😊 That’s fantastic you led such a powerful session in mindfulness at work. What a great initiative and I hope it went very well for everyone. Thank you for liking my blog I’ll be sure to visit yours as well. 😊

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