#BellLetsTalk about mental health

Be gentle with yourself

#BellLetsTalk day is a national campaign to end the stigma around mental health through awareness.

Today for every call, text, or tweet using #BellLetsTalk, Bell – a Canada-wide telecommunications company – will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives.

The #BellLetsTalk mission is to make the uncomfortable comfortable. By creating dialogue around a taboo subject, we begin to welcome and accept formerly excluded narratives into the conversation.

Mental illness isn’t always apparent. Nonetheless, it directly and indirectly, affects our relationships, communities, and workplaces at a much larger rate than we are willing to acknowledge or accept.

At this moment, some 3 million people are suffering from depression. 2 in 3 people will suffer in silence because they fear social judgment and rejection. At work, the cost of not talking about mental illness is immense and accounts for more than $6 billion in lost productivity due to absenteeism. Some 500,000 employees miss work every day because of mental illness.

Sharing our stories of mental illness takes a lot of courage, but by acknowledging our story we welcome and accept our narrative, and inadvertently, ourselves, as we are.

And that? That’s the first step to healing.

What are your thoughts?