Did you know that one in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives. One of the greatest challenges for someone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma against it. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.On this very day, January 25, 2017, Canadians all over the nation are talking, texting, tweeting, snapchatting and sharing their stories to spread awareness against the stigma on mental health. As the leaders of this initiative, the Bell team have set up a social campaign in which they will donate 5¢ for every interaction with Bell Let’s Talk online. Last year the Bell Let’s Talk Campaign surpassed its previous record of 125,915,265 calls, texts, tweets and shares and in total raised $6,295,764.75. This year, at the pace they are headed, a new record will be carved.
5 Simple Ways You Can Help Remove the Stigma on Mental Health
Bell Canada Mental Health, Dr. Heather Stuart and the Anti-stigma Research Chair at Queen’s University have developed 5 ways that you can help end the stigma against this issue. Learn and pass it on to someone you love.
- Language Matters – Be aware of the words that you use.
- Educate Yourself – Read about facts and myths surrounding mental illness and empower others to do the same.
- Be Kind – the simple act of kindness can truly make one of the biggest differences in someone’s life. Don’t be afraid to pass on kindness.
- Listen & Ask – Sometimes a friend, a family member or even a stranger just needs a pair of good ears to hear them talk about their issues out loud. If you see the signs, ask and listen.
- Talk About It – Join in on the conversation. Break the silence. Mental illness is real and it is a big deal. The more we talk about it, the easier it will be for others to talk.
Preston Mobility is proud to support Bell’s initiative and encourage our associates, partners, friends and family members to join us in donating. We would also like to extend support to our valued Clients, their employees and family members who may be impacted mental illness.
To help each one of us talk about mental illness, Bell Canada has created a conversation guide that you can find here: http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/toolkit#conversation. Download this guide and share it with your friends, coworkers, and loved ones and spread the message.