Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Let’s have the conversation and end the stigma - BROCK PRESS

Originally published: January 24, 2017

It’s a fact, one in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime. One of the biggest stumbling blocks for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. This is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.

Bell Let’s Talk Day is on January 25; it is a day set aside for millions of Canadians to open up and discuss mental illness, offer new ideas and hope to those who struggle with some form of mental illness every single day, with numbers growing drastically annually. According to the Bell Let’s Talk website, the total donation to mental health programs now stands at $79,919,178.55 and is well on its way to donating at least one-hundred-million dollars through 2020. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate five cents towards mental health initiatives in Canada, by counting every text, call, tweet, Instagram post, Facebook video view, and Snapchat geofilter – use the hashtag #BellLetsTalk.

Mental illnesses are not always dealing with schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, they are also common disorders, like anxiety, adult attention disorder, alcoholism and substance addiction, just to name a few. However, one of the most popular mental illnesses that goes unrecognized is depression, and it affects millions of Canadians daily.