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Bell Let’s Talk Day 2013

Posted Feb 12 2013 12:00am

Well, the books have taken priority over the last week.  I’ve got a yummy smoothie recipe to share with you, but today we have something more important to talk about.

The Bell Let’s Talk Day is geared towards raising awareness and encouraging dialogue about mental health.

Mental Health facts ( from the Bell Let’s Talk website ):

  • 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives.
  • 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection.
  • Only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness.
  • 27% of Canadians are fearful of being around people who suffer from serious mental illness.
  • Mood and anxiety disorders impact an estimated 22% of the Canadian population.
  • At any given time, almost 3 million Canadians have serious depression.
  • Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them get back to their regular activities.

What can you do today:

  • For each text message and long distance call from Bell customers, Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives
  • For each ) or tweet with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives

But the most important thing you can do today is take care of yourself, or talk with a friend or loved one that may need your help.

Before I go, let me share a great initiative that Ashley is featuring on her blog .  Since the beginning of February she’s been featuring stories from individuals who have experienced mental health in some way.  Please check out her blog and read through some of the amazing stories that have already been shared.

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