My two favourite things: social media and mental health awareness. Bell Let’s Talk Day is today, January 25th, and I couldn’t be more proud to be taking part in it

A Little Background:

In September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk opened a conversation about Canada’s mental health. Before then, mental illness was taboo, and swept under the rug. It’s way past time to speak out. Putting celebrity faces such as Howie Mandel or Olympian Clara Hughes helps bring the issue down to earth. I think it shows that even the faces we idolize struggle with mental health issues.

Their website states:  “Bell’s total donation to mental health programs now stands at $79,919,178.55 and we are well on our way to donating at least $100 million through 2020.” This monetary awareness aids millions of lives, either directly or indirectly.

Bell Let’s Talk day is so important to me because it shows that big corporations are not too big to talk about mental health. I recently read Clara Hughes book entitled Open Heart, Open Mind. It describes mental illness in a non-romantic light. She tells the story of her struggle, warts and all. I believe this is a crucial way to portray mental health because it is not to be glamorized. Depression hurts. Anxiety hurts, and it isn’t some beautiful entity. It rears its ugly head until you can’t do anything about it. It leaves you feeling worthless and alone.

What is beautiful is the recovery process. Getting better is beautiful. Saying “I did it” is gorgeous, in fact. Your recovery process is not linear, but it is steady and forward. Days like today, “Bell Let’s Talk” is innovative in furthering the inevitable conversation that saves lives. Pick up the phone, make a call, text each other. Life is too short to not reach out and say “I love you.”

We need to continue the conversation surrounding Mental Health awareness, today and every day.