‘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.”
Huge respect for Clara Hughes, a woman who has made Canada proud of her athletic accomplishments. As a person suffering from mental illness herself, it was very brave and compassionate of her to step forward and speak for the many socially stigmatized persons with mental illness. Through her, she taught us that it is alright to talk about mental illness in an open, frank, and respectful way.
Mental health initiatives and funding are desperately needed at the federal and provincial levels to address and treat the many who suffer from mental health issues. Many of our city’s homeless suffer from mental illness, as do the many who commit suicide, believing there is no other way out, and no other solution to their problems.
If think you are having mental health issues, it’s alright to talk to someone about!
Sorry; “If you think you are having mental health issues, it’s alright to talk to someone about it!”
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