Bell Canada – Let’s Talk Day

Is there ever a day that’s good for mental illness? Well, its today, for my mental illness, your mental illness, or the mental illness of a loved one.  

Today Bell Canada is starting the conversation

For every:

  • Text message sent on the Bell network
  • Long Distance call made on the Bell network
  • Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
  • Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk image

 

Bell will donate 5¢ more to help fund mental health initiatives across Canada.  They’re giving grants to community associations, funding research, but most importantly; making it ok for people to talk about it.  I absolutely love their spokesperson, Clara Hughes. A Summer & Winter Olympian with boat-loads of medals, everyone thought she had a perfect life! She’s a young, vibrant, woman who shares her experience without hesitation.

Some of you know my story, if you’ve read previous blog posts.  I suffered from terrible postpartum depression.  It was bad, I didn’t know what was happening to me.  There were so many other circumstances swirling around at the same time, I just thought this was how it was going to be in my new reality.   I told no one, it was hard for me to say it out loud.  I couldn’t even say it to Jeff, of course he knew something was wrong, but didn’t know what to do.  It took me (& mostly my husband) until after our second child to get me help.  Jeff found someone we both trusted, our health nurse, and told her what was going on.  She helped us get help & I’m happy to say that things have been much better ever since.

I’ve changed medications since that time 10 years ago, but my life has never been better.  I was reflecting on it this morning reading, Cathryn’s post about her experience.  I was sitting on the side of the very bed that I wouldn’t leave for days on end.  I remember my baby (who is now 13!) & I spending the day there, me barely getting by personally because it took all I had to feed her, change her & stay awake while she was awake.  Jeff getting home from a long day at University & finding us in the same spot where he’d left us 14 hours before.  It was a dark time.  We recently moved back into the house where it all happened & I wasn’t sure I could handle it.  I was worried about being sucked back into the dark.

Luckily for me, I found medication that worked & even better an activity that pulled me out of it.  I’ve written before about how silversmithing pulled me into the light where I found something that was for me, and was creative, and wasn’t about my kids.

The only thing that ever really enters my mind about mental illness lately is my kids.  I worry that I’ve genetically gifted them something I hope they never have to deal with.  I watch them closely & speak to their pediatrician about what to do if we feel they’re out of ‘balance’.

So if you’re a Bell customer, text, call, do whatever you can to help.  The rest of you – Tweet it, Facebook it; because I guarantee you there is someone in your life that you might not even know it, but they’re suffering.

Have a quick read over some of the facts:

– 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives.
Canadian Institute of Health Research
– 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection.
Canadian Medical Association
– Only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness.
Canadian Medical Association
– Mood and anxiety disorders impact an estimated 22% of the Canadian population.
CMHA
– At any given time, almost 3 million Canadians have serious depression.
CMHA
– Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
CMHA

 

UPDATE:

Canadians talked like never before on Bell Let’s Talk Day.

96,266,266

tweets, Facebook shares, texts, & long distance calls.

$4,813,313.30

additional dollars Bell donated to mental health programs.

Thank you for joining the conversation.
We hope to see you again for Bell Let’s Talk Day 2014.

4 Responses to “Bell Canada – Let’s Talk Day”

  1. cathryn~the farmer's trophy wife said...

    love you babe!

  2. Laura said...

    Much love, dear friend. I’m so glad you are well again.

  3. Suzie Salmon said...

    You’re an inspiration Shelagh! Sending lots of love your way girl.

  4. Shelagh said...

    Thanks girls, luv ya right back!