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More Than The Monday Blues….

Friday, January 29, 2021 was ‘Bell Let’s Talk’ day and I forgot to tweet about it.   This is very surprising for me so I am reminding those of you who might have missed it as well.  Most of us are talking much more about good mental health and the toll that Covid has taken on our wellbeing.

This year, Bell Canada had 159,173,435 interactions from people tweeting, calling, posting on Instagram, viewing a Facebook video or texting – all raising awareness of mental health issues. For each of these interactions, Bell donated .5 cents raising $7,958,671.75 for mental health awareness and programs across Canada.

Bell Let’s Talk “promotes awareness and action with a strategy built on 4 key pillars: fighting the stigma, improving access to care, supporting world-class research and leading by example in workplace mental health.” One in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point. The information provided @ letstalk.bell.ca shares that one of the biggest hurdles and why 2/3 of those living with mental illness don’t seek help, is because of the stigma associated with it.

While all of the pillars identified are important, I thought I would highlight the anti- stigma pillar as the theme today as I hear derogatory terms tossed about way too often, that can have serious impact on someone’s well being. Awareness is about understanding and knowing the difference between facts and myths. We learn at a very young age that words can hurt; using proper terminology and avoiding terms like ‘crazy or nuts’ is part of it.

Mental illness is more than having the Monday Blues, or a bad day; telling someone that they will get over it or they should think about something else, is not helpful. Asking, listening and understanding are ways to help support someone who may be clinically depressed, whether or not they have yet have been diagnosed. It helps to show the other person that you care and they are not alone.

Depression is not a normal part of aging. Grief and loss can result in sadness. Clinical depression is something else. While it is difficult to talk about mental illness, it is important to do so and acknowledge the challenges that someone is facing. Bell created a conversation guide   as well.

Maintaining good mental health is a great goal- not an easy one- but one we all need to strive for.

How are you feeling today? Remember to have your Check Up From The Neck Up.

 

About Audrey Miller
About: Audrey Miller, Managing Director of Elder Caring Inc. has over 25 years social work and rehabilitation experience working with older individuals and their families. She advises the financial, insurance, legal and business communities regarding elder care issues. Audrey is a recognized expert in her field. Email: amiller@eldercaring.ca

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