Many of us at one point in our lives have been touched by mental illness, be it a family member, a friend, a co-worker/colleague, or even a friend of a friend. I have to admit I was really oblivious to what exactly mental illness was. We all have our own battles to deal with, but I didn’t know that you couldn’t just tell someone to “try and be happy.” I figured by doing that things will just naturally get better. It’s really not that simple, although at the time I thought it was. You can’t just tell someone to change the rewiring of their brain, but what you can do is be there to help and support them when they’re going through a tough time. The best thing is to lend and ear, and understand it’s not just a one time thing. This is a lifelong battle for individuals who suffer from mental health.
Experiencing it with a family member first hand I can tell you it’s a roller coaster. I have to admit I do get frustrated at times, it’s only natural. But I’m sure not as frustrating as it is to deal with it first hand. This initiative by Bell is pretty spectacular. Mental illness awareness is something that needs to be talked about. People who suffer from it shouldn’t do so in silence because they are scared to have people judge them for what they’re going through. It’s like kicking someone when they are down. The Bell Let’s Talk campaign is all about engaging a national conversation while working together with Canadians to help get the message out and break down the stigma surrounding mental illness.
It’s so easy to participate too! Today, Bell will contribute 5 cents to mental health related initiatives for every text message sent, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk Day image! Easy peasy especially if you’re a social media fiend.
Do your part and participate to raise mental health awareness. I know I’ll tweet and text, and I hope you do too. And just so you know you can learn MUCH more about the initiative here.