It’s OK, to not be OK.
Much too often people keep their feelings inside and bottled up. Putting on a pretty face, masking all emotions and not talking about issues deemed unacceptable by society is detrimental to someone suffering from mental health illnesses.
January 25, 2017 is #BellLetsTalk day. For every call and text message from a Bell phone, every #BellLetsTalk posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Bell donates five cents or more to mental health initiatives in hopes to create a stigma-free Canada.
This year, you can even donate when you use the Bell Let’s Talk Snapchat filter!
Conversations around mental health are so important. Want to help out someone you think may be in need of a meaningful conversation but don’t know where to start?
Here are some tips to get a conversation going with someone you love and want to help.
- Think before you speak. Be sure you are using the proper language. Don’t refer to someone as “crazy”. You never know what someone may be going through. Language matters and labeling someone as “crazy” can be hurtful and inappropriate. Be sensitive and mindful when expressing things verbally.
- Educate yourself. There are plenty of resources that you can use to help better educate yourself on what steps to take if someone you love or you yourself are suffering from a mental illness. The Bell Let’s Talk website has many resources that can be beneficial to help anyone looking for more information.
- Listen. Sometimes all someone needs is someone to listen to them. Be a shoulder for a friend or a hand for them to reach out to. Talking things out in a comfortable setting is beneficial to those suffering.
- Talk about it. Starting a conversation is the first steps in ending the stigma. Let them know that it’s ok, to not be ok.
- Be kind. Empathy and kindness can make a huge difference. Smile at strangers, be understanding, don’t brush someone’s concerns under the rug. One simple kind action or word can change the way someone sees the world.
For more information visit http://letstalk.bell.ca/
Keep adding #BellLetsTalk to all your social media posts to contribute to the conversation.
Together we can end the mental health stigma.