Let's Talk About Mental Health!

Mental health - stop the stigmaBeing mentally healthy is not simply the absence of mental illness. Mental health is about physical, emotional and social wellbeing. If people are mentally healthy they are able to cope with the ups and downs of day to day living, they have the energy to lead active lives, they achieve personal goals and they interact with other people in ways that are respectful and just.

People who experience conflict, violence, discrimination and feelings of not belonging, or of not being valued by others, are at great risk of developing emotional problems that further impact on their ability to participate fully in their personal, school, work and social lives. Furthermore they are at a greater risk of developing mental illness and other health problems.

Research shows that mental health disorders constitute 10% of the global burden of disease and it is estimated that depression alone will constitute one of the largest health problems worldwide by the year 2020.

There is a convincing and growing body of evidence to show that treatment interventions alone cannot significantly reduce the enormous personal and financial implications of such an emerging problem. We need to start looking at mental health in a different way, a better way.

Mental illness is one of the most widespread health issues in the country. Talking makes a significant impact in breaking down the stigma associated with mental illness. 

 Less than 4% of medical research funding goes to mental illness research. Bell Let's Talk donated over $4.8 million last year so let's do this again!

 On January 28 Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives for every:

  • Text message sent*
  • Mobile and long distance call made*
  • Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
  • Facebook share of our Bell Let’s Talk image

We added our voice to the conversation today by sharing what mental health means to some of us at TFCC. Take a look: 

¤ "What does mental health mean to me? The difference between waking up in the morning with confidence to do your best and/or hiding under the covers because you are not sure how much more that you can handle."

¤ "For me mental health means a wide spectrum of things. Some people may be mentally well and free of any difficulties, while others may experience mild to severe mental health. What is important is that society stoops stigmatizing individuals with mental health since we need to stop judging them and instead understand them and help them."

¤ "Mental health can be a quiet illness that may not have any obvious outter symptoms, but can be devastating internally. It can be defined differently through each person's experiences and sometimes even family history. Incorporating a life/work balance can help attain a state of wellbeing. Putting a stop to judging and starting to open and welcoming conversation is what is needed to provide everyone with the healthy tools required to move towards a mentally healthy life journey." 

¤ "Mental health means many things to me but most importantly I believe it's about taking care of ourselves inside and out. Our body sends our brain messages all the time, the goal is to ensure our brain is receiving the right messages to function at our best. If we aren't taking care of our body, we aren't taking care of our mind which can lead to mild-severe mental illness. Ensuring that we are utilizing the resources available such as physical activity, healthy eating habits, and communicating how we are feeling with someone you trust can significantly help us lead a mentally healthy life."   

 

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