End the Stigma!!!

by JustinaSamuel on January 29, 2017 - 9:38pm

Nowadays, a lot of people has mental health problems. In fact, one in five in Canadians will suffer from any mental illness during their lifetimes. Those people suffer silently and they fight their problems interiorly. Sadly, some people does not talk about this because they feel ashamed of themselves or because they are afraid of being judged by their friends, classmates or family members.  Also, with time their mental problems will get worse and this can lead to suicide and that is why it is important to talk about these problems and to listen to their personal issues.

Bell Canada made a huge campaign about mental illness called Bell Let’s Talk and its goal was to raise awareness. It is important to fight the stigma, to improve the access care, to support world-class research and to lead by example in workplace mental health. Also, Bell Let’s Talk website gave us five ways to end the stigma: to use proper language, to educate ourselves, to be kind, to listen and ask, and to talk about it. In fact, Bell Canada donated five cents every text, call, Instagram post, tweet, Snapchat filter, and Facebook video view by using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk. Indeed, according to the Bell Let’s Talk website, the amount of donation given to mental health institutes is now $79,919,178.55 and by 2020 it can go up to one hundred million dollars.

Last but not least, if anyone has any mental illness and is not ready to talk about it with a friend, there is always available resources like The Niagara Distress Centre (905-688-3711), the personal counselling for emergency after hours (905-327-2244) and the popular 24 Hours Post-Secondary Student Hotline which is also known as Good 2 Talk (1-866-925-5454).

Comments

You have chosen an interesting topic, and seem very passionate about it. However, listing some of the most common types of mental illness and including more statistics and information about how mental illness affects Canadians could give the reader a more concrete idea of the situation. Information about different types of mental illness can be found on the Canadian Mental Health Association website ( http://www.cmha.ca/mental-health/understanding-mental-illness/ ), and interesting statistics about the impact it has in Canada, including the stigma surrounding the issue, can be found on the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health website ( http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/about_camh/newsroom/for_reporters/Pages/a... ).

I really like your topic; it’s touchy and I think it should be spread among us. I like that you showed empathy with the people that are suffering from this and also that you distributed numbers of different services that can be helpful for them. However, I think that it would have been better if you have provided reliable sources that go deeper in this topic as is an important one. I consider that your argument was a bit vague and could have been better explained if you would have supported your facts with statistics or websites that provide a better understanding on this topic. I believe that “mental health problems” is too general and it has many understandings, therefore, a better explanation of this would have been better. But in overall I truly think that you did a really good job and that you should keep on writing.

About the author

Hi my name is Justina Samuel. I am a commerce student in Champlain College and I am in my forth semester. I am born and raise in Canada, but I am also Egyptian. I am christian Coptic orthodox and I go to church every weekend. I am a shy person, but I like to talk with people and help people.