Did you know that 1 in 5 Canadians struggle with mental illness? Think about your circle of friends, your family and your colleagues. We all know someone who is struggling, and in many instances, they may be suffering in silence and feeling very alone as a result. The truth is, mental illness affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. It can take many forms, including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.
Many of these people report that negative stereotypes about mental illness—and the resulting potential for discrimination—causes them more suffering than their illness. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that two thirds of those suffering from mental health issues don’t seek out help.
Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, and League is taking part in the conversation. Will you join us? The more we do to break the silence, the more we combat the stigma that has surrounded mental illness for so long. And as things continue to change for the better, treatments improve, funding for much-needed research goes up, and greater societal acceptance occurs.
So what can you do to help? Text, tweet and talk as much as you can today, January 25th. Bell will contribute 5 cents to mental health initiatives each time you do. I’ve broken down your options for getting involved below.
- Send text messages—lots and lots of text messages
- Make a mobile or long distance call via the Bell or Bell Aliant network
- Tweet or post on Instagram, using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk
- View the Bell Let’s Talk video on Facebook
- Use the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter on Snapchat
You can also learn the five simple ways to end stigma, and begin your own conversation about mental health at home, school or in the workplace.
League is committed to supporting #BellLetsTalk, #SickNotWeak and other important mental health prevention and education initiatives. Why? Because our team firmly believes that we all need to be part of this conversation. Supporting others in any way we can is an important part of our mission—to help people live healthier, happier lives.
Let’s work together to break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness… let’s talk!