Let’s Keep Talking

Yesterday was Bell’s annual Bell Let’s Talk Day.  It’s a day that Bell donates 5¢ to mental health initiatives for every:

  • Text message sent
  • Mobile and long distance call made
  • Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
  • Facebook share of our Bell Let’s Talk image

It’s a fantastic initiative to help spread awareness and end stigma for mental illness.  At the time I wrote this blog, the final results weren’t in, yet.  But I do know that in one day, Bell had well over 100,000,000 texts, tweets, Facebook shares raising more than $5,000,000 donated.  Wow!  Awesome! Way to go Bell!  Makes it easier to pay my Bell bill, knowing that the company is behind such a great initiative.  😉 Check out the final results and initiatives here: http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/

But let’s not stop talking.  Let’s keep the conversation going.  Talk to your friend, your family member, your colleague, your Facebook friends, your Twitter followers, anyone that will listen.  Talk to them about the need for continued support for a person suffering mental illness.  And also continued support for the family and friends that suffer along with them. Every single one of us is affected by mental illness, whether it’s ourselves or family/friends.  Mental illness can take on many different forms:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychotic Disorders

Let’s not be ashamed to talk. Let’s help each other to talk.   Mental illness doesn’t discriminate, and neither should we.  And if you’re one that is suffering right now, and feel too scared to talk, I encourage you to push past that fear and talk to someone.  Your life could literally depend on it.

Let’s Talk…And Keep Talking!  🙂

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