Today is Bell Let's Talk Day, an annual campaign by Bell Canada to help raise awareness and money for mental health, and help end the stigma that still surrounds mental illness.
With every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, facebook share of the above image, and every long distance phone call and text by Bell customers, five cents will be donated to mental health initiatives across the country. Last year, Bell donated over $6 million, so every little bit helps.
It's also a chance to hear the stories and advice from people who are dealing with mental health issues, including high profile celebrities like Demi Lovato, who's opened up about her struggles with bipolar disorder and addictions while she calls for better mental health reform in the US, and Serena Ryder, who used her music as a way to help deal with clinical depression. But it's also a chance to listen to the people closer to you, including friends, family and co-workers, who may need some help. I have had some stressful times in my life, and I've learned that no matter the problem, big or small, there will always be someone who will listen to you when you need help.
If you need support locally, there are a number of places you can reach out to. You can call the Canadian Mental Health Association Swift Current Branch at 306-778-2440, and the Cypress Health Region's Mental Health & Addictions Department provides free, confidential counselling. You can call them toll free at 1-877-329-0005. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health also offers support through the Provincial Healthline at 811.