Bell Lets Talk

Bell Let's Talk Day Is Over (But The Conversation Isn't)

Eric Windeler | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living
Eric Windeler

Mental health needs more than just a day. It's not something that we should think about for a day January and forget for the rest of the year. Bell Let's Talk does an unprecedented job of getting the conversation started, but it's up to all of us to keep it going.

How I Stopped Letting Anxiety Control My Commute

Shailee Koranne | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living
Shailee Koranne

Anxiety disorders show themselves differently in everyone who have them. My fear of public transit is almost totally irrational, I know -- that's actually the most frustrating thing about it. I know it's irrational, but it doesn't make it any easier to deal with the anxiety.

The Haunting Reality Of What Mental Disorders Feel Like

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living

"Just because it can't be seen, it doesn't mean damage can't be done."

On Being Crazy: An Excerpt

Karen Hill | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living
Karen Hill

In my family, the incidence of mental health problems runs high. My mother and her twin sister are both bipolar. On my father's side, one of my aunts was bipolar and two of my cousins are schizophrenic. While some people dispute the idea that mental illness can be hereditary -- and I, too, believe in the importance of social and environmental causes -- you can nonetheless see that the odds were pretty high that someone else in my immediate family might get hit over the head with it, too

Sharing My Mental Health Story Was Tougher Than Olympic Competition

Silken Laumann | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

I felt like I was daring myself to cross some arbitrary line in the sand, and once I did, there would be no turning back. Canadians' perceptions of who I was, and certainly their knowledge of my life story, would be forever altered. Even if only a few dozen people heard my story, it felt big to share personally and publicly.

5 Reasons To Talk About Mental Illness

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

In mental illness, we are constantly mixing apples and oranges. The causes are not the same and neither are the treatments. When we lump them together we create more confusion. And when there is lack of clarity, we tend to fill the gaps in knowledge with myths, superstitions, and mistaken attributions. That's when the quacks come out.

Let's Talk About Mental Illness Every Day, Not Only On January 27th

Sandra Charron | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

This is a time when sharing that you haven't been able to get out of bed for the past three days because of crippling depression is not only acceptable, it's appreciated by all who know the same searing pain of the illness. These days leading up to Bell Let's Talk day on January 27th comprise a massive support system unlike any other seen throughout the year.

Every Day Should Be #BellLetsTalk Day

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

It takes a lot of courage to own up to your difficulties, to open up to a complete stranger, and most importantly, to be willing to roll up your sleeves and do the inner work needed to heal. It's not a walk in the park, by any stretch of the imagination.

Are Your Kids Mentally Healthy?

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Parents

Bell's Let's Talk day is a special day each year designed to bring awareness to mental health issues in Canada. This campaign helps to reduce the stig...

Social Change Requires More Than Just a Retweet

Elisa Birnbaum | Posted 05.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Elisa Birnbaum

Bell Let's Talk Day inspired active online engagement, attracted celebrity endorsements and the attention of media, all the while raising vital charitable dollars. But a one-day social media event is not enough to significantly move the needle away from ignorance, fear and silence. After all, what happens the next day, and the day after that? Social change requires more than a social media plan. It requires a long-term sustainable strategy. Because in our content-rich, highly distracted world, passion is sometimes overrun by profit, causes are sidestepped by things like limited overhead and the desire to stay current fuels an unyielding need to move onto the next big thing.

Lose the 'Suck It Up' Mentality When Talking About Mental Illness

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

That's the thing about depression. When you're in the thick of it, you don't realize how far wrong things have gone; which is why it's important for all of us to look out for each other, and to watch for those subtle cues and clues that something is amiss with the people we love. It's hard to ask someone "Are you in trouble?" or "Do you need help?" and even "Are you OK?"

Trudeau Opens Up About His Mother's Struggle With Depression

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 01.29.2015 | Canada Living

Justin Trudeau has seen mental illness in his family first-hand, though he didn't really know it when he was younger. Growing up, he sometimes noti...

Why Bell Let's Talk Day Is a Cynical Publicity Stunt

Nora Loreto | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Nora Loreto

We need progressive organizations to build off the publicity of Let's Talk and call for a new day: Let's Act. When it feels like the snow will never melt and spring will never come, let's commit ourselves to act. Let's Act and demand more funding to mental health supports, including the improved public funding of mental health doctors, treatments and facilities. Let's Act and reject Stephen Harper's attempt to criminalize people with mental health struggles: help and rehabilitation rather than solitary confinement and life-long prison sentences.

5 Ways to Fight the Stigma Around Mental Illness

The Reply | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
The Reply

The best way to break away from stigma around depression and suicide is to talk about it. This post was originally published by Charlotte Ottaw...

Canadian Author Terezia Farkas: Bell Let's Talk Day Is About Hope

Terezia Farkas | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Bell Let's Talk day is about hope. It gives you a chance to take off your mask and talk about your pain. It allows you to mourn the loss of who you were and to say, "It's okay I'm like this now." It cracks open the darkness for a minute and gives you hope by letting you realize there are people who've made it out to the other side.

#BellLet'sTalk Day: Workplaces Need to Get Serious About Mental Health

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

You may have noticed that your social media feeds have been inundated with the #BellLetsTalk hashtag. That's because Bell Let's Talk day is on Wednesday, January 28. We need workplaces that value their employees' mental health. Employers need to lead by example by recognizing workplace signs of undiagnosed depression, such as difficulty making decisions, decreased productivity, inability to concentrate and any unusual increases in errors in work, just to name a few.

What Not to Say to Those Suffering From Mental Illness

Sandra Charron | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

To really nail the concept of what mental illness is and how it affects both those who live with it and those who live with us, here are a few tips to guide in what I hope will be an ever-growing trend to encourage communication and break down the stereotypes. So without further ado, here are things to refrain from saying to someone with mental illness.

I Devalue Mental Illness When I Call Myself Crazy

Sandra Charron | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

In order to further be part of a movement which strives to promote the existence of mental illnesses, I have to be able to speak my truth. Not just write it. Not hide behind my laptop. But say it out loud, and not say it with a smirk and a wink, and a jolly, "I'm crazy." This isn't helping anyone. I'm only further promoting the notion that mental illness needs to remain in the closet. Until people can accept that there is stigma, those of us who do suffer in silence; those of us who are too embarrassed to say out loud that we have an illness -- we need to refrain from using a vocabulary which only serves to further set back the progress.

Howie Mandel Shares His Experience With OCD

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Impact

An embarrassing interview experience led to a meaningful moment for Howie Mandel. In a video for the annual Bell Let’s Talk campaign, the “Deal...

The Conversations We Should All Have on Bell Let's Talk Day

Sarah Robertson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Robertson

It's the most wonderful time of the year for Canadian mental health advocates! Wednesday, January 28 is Bell Let's Talk Day. On Bell Let's Talk Day, conversations will be taking place online, in homes, schools, and offices across the country. All wonderful, but, will you be participating in these discussions by sharing your personal experiences? Many people won't.

Being Excited About Christmas Doesn't Mean My Depression's Cured

Sandra Charron | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Nobody wants to be Ebenezer. But during the holidays, when all are merry, and my eyes are watering with the unexplained tears of depression -- which has not left me, but has only fooled those around me -- the oft-repeated, "What's wrong now? You seemed fine yesterday," only serves to make the demons in my head cackle a little louder.

It's Wrong to Hate the "Bell" in Bell Let's Talk Day

Sasha Nagy | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Living
Sasha Nagy

I was more than a little disappointed when I saw so many members of the mainstream media writing flippant and dismissive tweets using the #BellLetsTalk hashtag on Tuesday. Couching this smug dismissal around perceived corporate hypocrisy completely misses the point.

Don't Confuse Mental Health With Addictions

Marvin Ross | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Consider this. No one makes a decision to suddenly develop psychotic delusions or the mania of bipolar disorder or the crushing darkness of depression. These are illnesses that just happen as do other illnesses like MS or Parkinson's or rheumatoid arthritis. They are not our choice and they are not welcome but they happen and we have to contend with them as best we can.

Stand By Me Always: Mental Illness and Fairweather Friends

Arthur Gallant | Posted 10.03.2013 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Talking about mental illness is difficult. I get it. But what is even more difficult is people saying they accept me for who I am and then deserting me. As soon they hear something good has happened to me they're the first people to want to celebrate with me, yet they don't want to hear about the dark side of mental illness.

How Celebrity Hurts the Mental Health Cause

Sarah Robertson | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Living
Sarah Robertson

Earlier this year Bell Let's Talk Day raised an incredible 4.8 million dollars for mental health initiatives across Canada. This is a great campaign, and I love how people in the spotlight come forward to discuss their personal mental health journeys with the public. I think it's great celebrities and stars talk about mental health issues they struggle with, but I don't think it's great how much attention is given to just the celebrity and not the mental illness itself. So why do we not treat these people, or ourselves, like heroes? We are the ones who have to deal with the mental health system, the waiting time, the unknowns, the ups and downs.