Bell Canada – Let’s Talk Day

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Is there ever a day that’s good for mental illness? Well, ed its today, search for my mental illness, your mental illness, or the mental illness of a loved one.

Today Bell Canada is starting the conversation.

For every:

  • Text message sent on the Bell network
  • Long Distance call made on the Bell network
  • Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
  • Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk image

Bell will donate 5¢ more to help fund mental health initiatives across Canada.  They’re giving grants to community associations, funding research, but most importantly; making it ok for people to talk about it.  I absolutely love their spokesperson, Clara Hughes. A Summer & Winter Olympian with boat-loads of medals, everyone thought she had a perfect life! She’s a young, vibrant, woman who shares her experience without hesitation.

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It’s still painfully fresh a year after we lost Sarah. I want to smile when think of her (every day), but my heart still hurts too much. It’s always “what if” and “why didn’t I”. So what I try to focus on are the lessons her life held for us – all that really matters in this life, is love. Love is the only thing you leave behind, and the only thing you have with you when you go. May we never miss an opportunity to give love to each person we meet, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.

Thank you, Bell Canada, for supporting mental health.

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So if you’re a Bell customer, text, call, do whatever you can to help.  The rest of you – Tweet it, Facebook it; because I guarantee you there is someone in your life that you might not even know it, but they’re suffering.

Have a quick read over some of the facts:

– 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives.
Canadian Institute of Health Research
– 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection.
Canadian Medical Association
– Only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness.
Canadian Medical Association
– Mood and anxiety disorders impact an estimated 22% of the Canadian population.
CMHA
– At any given time, almost 3 million Canadians have serious depression.
CMHA
– Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
CMHA

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