“Let’s Talk … Let’s Listen”
Today is Bell “Let’s Talk” day, an campaign to intentionally recognize and pay attention to the issues of mental health that people deal with. This is often so much of a reality in their everyday life. And add into that the past year of Covid 19, mental health issues have increased dramatically. We need to normalize the reality of mental health illness because it has, and sometimes still continues to have a stigma attached to it.
However, there are a couple of things to be reminded of. As good as it is to designate one day that focusses on mental health and wellbeing, this needs to be an ongoing conversation that goes well beyond just January 28th. Today is a good beginning. But the opening to be vulnerable and honest about mental health, without judgement, needs to be 365 days of the year. And as a society, although we have made strides, we need to continue to destigmatize those who suffer from any kind of mental illness. We need to be open to recognize that they are often pushed to the margins of our society where they’re often ignored because we don’t easily see them. Read More.
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