‘Let’s Talk’ About Mental Illness
Prince George, B.C. – If you’re feeling down, then talk about it.
That’s the goal behind Bell’s ‘Let’s Talk’ day – a day the company marks each January 25.
Maureen Davis, executive director with the Canadian Mental Health Association in Prince George, is a big supporter.
“I’m so pleased that Bell continues to make this kind of their number one concern behind Clara Hughes and a whole lot of other people who are really, really reinforcing that it’s time to end the silence about mental illness.”
Davis notes it affects virtually everybody in this world whether we ourselves are dealing with a mental illness or know someone who is.
“And the silence keeps people from giving and getting the help they need.”
She agrees that talking to someone is the best thing you can do if you’re depressed. Davis also recommends taking a quick test to help see if the stress you’re dealing with is normal stress or something that requires medical attention.
“In general, depression and anxiety are very much a part of everybody’s life,” she says. “But if you’re finding you can’t get out of bed in the morning, or sleeping too much or getting too angry, or eating too much or too little then maybe you need to talk to a doctor.”