Get Informed & Help Those Who Are Suffering
Let’s face it, there’s a beast of a stigma about mental illness. Bell Canada is doing something about it with a campaign that’s built to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental illness, the faces of illness, what kind of care is available and a lot more.
Did you know that 20% of Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives? Count 10 friends or relatives – that would mean two of them would have or are suffering right now. Did you know that 2/3’s of them won’t get any help and will suffer alone because of the stigma associated with mental illness? That just makes it worse.
I was surprised to learn some of the facts – like – “Only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness”. WTF? Excuse my passion for the issue but I’m just dumbfounded by that stat. It’s saying that 51% of Canadians wouldn’t socialize with a friend who had a serious mental illness. What do you say to that?
Check out the website: http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/
Get the facts – http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/the-facts
Spread the word on Twitter and Facebook and Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives. If you’re a Bell subscriber, make a long distance phone call and send a text message and they’ll donate 5 cents as well.
If you’re interested, get the Toolkit – http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/toolkit
Last, here’s a link to their pdf on creating a healthy workplace – http://letstalk.bell.ca/pdf//tip-sheets/tips-for-the-workplace.pdf