One in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness, yet 2 in 3 of those who struggle will not seek treatment options for fear of judgment or rejection. They may not tell anyone at all that they have a problem because of the stigma.
There are 5 ways to communicate about mental illness show your support and can help those who struggle overcome their concerns about seeking help:
•Language matters – pay attention to the words you use about mental illness
•Educate yourself – learn, know and talk more, understand the signs
•Be kind – small acts of kindness speak a lot
•Listen and ask – sometimes it’s best to just listen
•Talk about it – start a dialogue, break the silence
Bell Let’s Talk promotes mental health based on 4 action pillars – anti-stigma, care and access, research, and workplace best practices. The initiative supports mental health leaders across the country including the Royal Ottawa Hospital, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, Hôpital Charles-LeMoyne, Montreal Jewish Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the University of British Columbia, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Queen’s University, La Fondation du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec, Concordia University, Brain Canada, Kids Help Phone, Sunnybrook Hospital and Université Laval Foundation.
The annual Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund supports front-line mental health organizations in every region of the country. The Fund has provided grants of $5,000 to $50,000 to hundreds of community organizations focused on improving access to programs and services that support people living with mental health issues.
Due to the importance of Bell Let's Talk, Serena, the crew, and I all donated our time to making this video testimonial possible.
Producer and Director / Producteur et Réalisateur: Brian-Michel LaRue