What kind of health blogger would I be if I didn’t use my tiny little corner of the interwebs to promote the Bell Let’s Talk Day?! This is one of my favourite days of the year – a day when Canadians join together and use social media for a good cause – to raise money and awareness for mental health issues!
Did you know that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives? I would be shocked if I met a human being who told me that they were not either personally affected by mental illness or had a close friend or family member with a mental illness. Shocked! If someone actually said that to me I would assume that they were either lying or just didn’t know that someone they love is suffering in silence. Both of those options are horrible. No one should have to lie about having a mental illness because it just shouldn’t be something people feel the need to lie about. And absolutely no one should have to suffer in silence. We wouldn’t expect someone with cancer or another physical illness to hide away in shame, we would expect them to be as open and honest with us as possible and we would try our hardest to make living with that disease as bearable as possible, because that’s what friends and family are supposed to do. Mental illness is an illness as much as a physical illness. But I shouldn’t have to tell you that.
Just in case you DO need to be reminded that mental illnesses are diseases just like arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, cancer (I can go on all day) then Bell Let’s Talk Day is great for you. It will help you see that it’s okay to talk openly and honestly about living with a mental illness. It will help you realize that ANYONE can be affected by mental illness, and everyone should do their part to understand it.
So here are the basics behind Bell Let’s Talk Day:
If you are not a Bell Aliant customer, or not a Canadian for that matter, you can still help! Tweet like crazy using #BellLetsTalk, and share that image on Facebook. Do your part to help make mental health awareness as global as possible.
You can find me on my blog twitter @MSorsomething or my personal twitter @liserwalters and tweet with me all day and night about your favourite Friends episodes, what your binge watching on Netflix right now (assuming you are finished watching Friends), what toppings you like on your pizza or whatever else you want to randomly discuss. Just make sure you use #BellLetsTalk.
Okay, let’s get texting and tweeting!