Today is #BellLetsTalk day. It’s a day we open the lines of conversation and discuss mental illness, and mental health.
According to the latest statistics, “One in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime…two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.”
While awareness about issues like depression, anxiety and schizophrenia has been on the rise, there’s still so much stigma around admitting that we’re having a hard time mentally.
To admit that we need a break, to cry, a hug, or just someone to talk to, can sometimes be perceived as a sign of weakness – when in fact, to admit that we’re not at all strong and in need of help is one of the bravest (and scariest) things we could ever do…
The struggle of mental illness isn’t always visible. Sometimes, we need to reach out to others. Taking the time to simply ask someone, “are you okay?” or “how are you doing?” or telling someone, “I’m here for you,” can be more meaningful than you know.
You could save someone’s life.
Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. There’s nothing shameful about battling the darkness within and emerging from the other side. Recovery and healing can take days, months, or even years. But the beauty in getting through a difficult time is sharing the survival story with others.
For more information on how you can start the conversation around mental health, visit: https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/ways-to-help
If you are in crisis, or know someone who needs help, visit: http://www.dcontario.org/centres.html