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).