Let's talk about mental health

Saul Bowman
February 3, 2018

It's based around making sure that staff are trained and empowered to identify mental health problems in themselves and others, giving them opportunities to have discussions about the subject and providing support where necessary.

Through the Bell Let's Talk Campaign, $86.5 million has been donated to mental health initiatives, helping more than 740,000 individuals gain access to mental health care.

Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let's Talk geofilter and video view. While it may not seem like much, it certainly adds up.

During Bell Let's Talk Day many Canadians shared their stories of mental illness to spread awareness of the one in five people affected by mental health in this country.

Time to Talk Day will kick off at The Lighthouse in Glasgow where people can join See Me and MSP James Dornan, who has spoken about his depression before, to show that conversations can happen anywhere, even overlooking the whole city.

The conversations that are happening today are so helpful. Going through postpartum, women don't like to admit they're failing as a mom.

"Having these all important conversations can make a big difference to many people".

Speaking about Time to Talk Day Geraldine O'Carroll, senior integrated commissioning team manager at the CCGs, said: "We want people to feel confident talking about mental health". The message is that this is important and I'm willing to talk about it and so should you. "Find those things and connect with those and find people you trust, that you can open up to". "Not everything requires the formal system or professional help".

It comes after the introduction of Mental Health First Aiders in the fire service. "Education is also a huge piece of how we lower stigma".

Sarah believes hitting rock bottom that day was "a good thing", because she had been crying out for help and not getting it.

There's also a number of local support groups and services offered through agencies such as CMHA, Lethbridge Family Services and Lethbridge Family Centre.

That's the first step to wholeness and well-being.

The Canadian Mental Health Association notes that in any given year, one in five people in Canada will deal with a mental health problem or illness; roughly eight per cent of adults will suffer from major depression at some time in their lives; and about one per cent of Canadians (that's almost 363,000 people) will experience bipolar disorder (or "manic depression").

I remember very early wanting to be able to tell everyone I met about my experience, but on every occasion, from secondary school, to church, to university, to dating, among friends and relatives, wherever, I have always been made to feel like I am trespassing on some unidentified space by being open about my struggles. But the numbers spoke volumes about the urgent need for action.

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