Today is Bell Let’s Talk day. It’s a day to talk openly about mental health and to help end the stigma around speaking about mental illnesses. This is such an important initiative and I am glad it’s becoming more normal to talk about this, however we still have a long way to go, not just in Canada but worldwide. I think it’s fantastic how many people on social media talk about their struggles and stories and I admire those who are so brave to do this, but I also want to say that it’s ok if you don’t feel ready to. It’s ok if you don’t want everyone on Instagram to see a picture of you after a panic attack, or for everyone on Facebook to know that you’ve had a really rough therapy session. It doesn’t make you weak for not sharing openly to the world. It’s not in everyone’s nature to share things so publicly, but it is necessary for you to have a personal support system. Family, friends, and hopefully a counsellor, therapist, or psychiatrist. I know that’s not always easy and unfortunately not everyone you come across will be supportive. There are a lot of articles on how to help friends and family to understand and I plan on sharing some of these soon. It’s extremely important for you to have someone professional to talk to, but I’m not going to lie, you might have to go through a few different people before you find someone who you click with and understands you well. This is one of the hardest parts; asking for help. It’s scary and puts you in a vulnerable position, but I promise you it’s worth it. Although, it might not seem like it right away because you will have to talk about things that are not comfortable. I encourage you to do it anyways, it won’t be easy but if you want improvements, if you want help, if you want to move forwards with your life it’s a necessary step.
Even if you don’t want to share your personal struggles on social media you can still talk about mental health in general, and share articles. And for today, Bell Let’s Talk, you can help by doing the following:
- Twitter: Each time you tweet today using #BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives. So far we have had 3,168,765 tweets today!
- Instagram: Each time you post today using #BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.
- Snapchat: Each time you send a snap using the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter today, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.
- Facebook: Every time you watch our Bell Let’s Talk video today we’ll donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives. Bell Let’s Talk
All the proceeds go to mental health initiatives across Canada. If you want to find out more visit Bell Let’s Talk Website.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis please call 911 immediately or your country’s emergency number if you are not in North America. You can also visit this site that has an extensive list of hotlines http://togetherweare-strong.tumblr.com/helpline