A few blurbs from our BPA execs about #BellLetsTalk Day, and shining the light on mental health:
People often mistake mental illness with weakness and judge people going through tough times. Really, there’s a low at some point in every person’s life, but that doesn’t mean they’re weak. The fact that such psychological problems restrain people from completing day to day tasks is a reason for others to lend a helping hand. So, let’s lend our hands and help those needing a positive push and give them a reason to pull through their days. Let people not be ashamed of their everyday battles, but proud that they are able to survive through it all. Use the hashtag #BellLetsTalk and raise awareness for friends, family, or even strangers that need to be reminded that they are strong and should be proud of every little issue they overcome. Start a conversation with someone on January 25th, 2017 about mental illness and break the stigma that societies have associated with it.
It’s okay to not be okay, mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of! “Your illness does not define you, your strength and courage does”. Lets end this stigma together
1 in 5 Canadians suffer from mental illness during their lifetime. Bell Let’s Talk is an initiative dedicated to ending the stigma, supporting research, improving access to care, and leading by example. The Brescia Psychology Association does just this with our platform #MentalHealthMonday. Each Monday a story or inspiring photo is posted in order to raise awareness and end the stigma of mental health. This is an important step in moving towards positive change! #BellLetsTalk
When one has strong mental health, they are able to live their life to the fullest, and are free of psychological problems holding them back such as anxiety, depression and stress. Having mental health allows you to create good relationships, make positive life choices, lead a physically healthy life and lets you grow to your potential. #BellLetsTalk is an amazing initiative that raises awareness for mental health, so those suffering do not have to feel alone in their battle. By choosing to start the conversation about mental health, I believe one day that the stigma associated with it will be eliminated.
With mental illness numbers rising every year, it’s important for everyone to become aware of the stigma and issues that arise with it. As Michael Landsberg preaches, having a mental illness does not mean you are a weak person, it solely means you are sick. #BellLetsTalk does a fantastic way of minimizing the stigma surrounding mental health every year. As more and more people become educated on these issues, more and more are coming out saying that they too have been suffering, and the wall of shame for having an illness becomes weaker and will one day crumble where the stigma and issues surrounding mental health are no longer. So on January 25, let’s all talk about the issues that people have been ashamed of and remember that having a mental illness means that you’re “sick not weak”
Mental illness impacts us in different ways; whether it’s directly or through a loved one. By the time Canadians reach the age of 40, 1 in in 2 will have or have had a mental illness. Most people with mental illness can and do recover, it simply starts by just talking about it. So today, let’s talk about it, you are not alone and you shouldn’t feel alone. Let’s Break the stigma, and end the silence. #BellLetsTalk
All of us struggle in silence, maybe some more than others. That doesn’t mean we should be muting the pain for others not to hear, we need to open up so others, too, can open up to try and understand one other’s struggles. #BellLetsTalk makes it possible to make struggles visible, accepted and discussed with open arms and thats how each of us should try to be every day. Reach out to one another and never forget, you are not alone and by speaking up, you are braver than most of us.
It is important to shine the light on mental health because some people may not be aware of the severity of their mental health issues. A large step in becoming mentally healthy is understanding what good mental health is. The Canadian Mental Health Association defines good mental health as having a healthy self esteem, being able to deal with your emotions and learning to manage stress effectively. The goal of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative and Mental Health Mondays is to raise awareness about current mental health issues while offering support for those who are trying to improve their mental health.