Bell Let's Talk Day a focus on campus

Violet Powell
February 3, 2018

"There's this assumption that once you get a diagnosis, it's incapacitating for your whole life", Heather Stuart, also a Queen's University professor of public health, said on Wednesday morning. I talked to my doctor, and we agreed a course of medication, and perhaps most importantly, I started talking to people I trusted about what I was experiencing and the impact it was having on me.

The fourth such event was held in partnership with the chamber's Young Professional & Entrepreneur Group to coincide with Bell Let's Talk Day on January 31, an annual national awareness and anti-stigma campaign.

The Time to Talk campaign urges people to be more open about mental health.

During Bell Let's Talk Day many Canadians shared their stories of mental illness to spread awareness of the one in five people affected by mental health in this country.

One such change was moving away from celebrity spokespeople such as Olympian Clara Hughes, actress and comedian Mary Walsh, and comedian and television host Howie Mandel. Statistics Canada's, which looked at six mental and substance use disorders, found that one in three Canadians (about 9.1 million people) met the criteria for at least one of these disorders throughout their lifetime. It can be scary sometimes, so you want to be there to support the people that are going through it.

That's why Time to Talk Day is so important.

"I apparently had a psychotic episode and I was shifting through hypomania and depressive episodes throughout the day", Sarah said.

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Scarborough Survivors are backing a national campaign that encourages people to take the time to talk about mental health and wellbeing.

A common effect of a mental illness, though not often spoken about, is called "self-stigma" and the "why-try effect", Stuart said.

It becomes hard for a struggling individual to seek out help when the disorder they are struggling with becomes delegitimized through social talk, likening mental disorders to normative emotions and behaviours.

As the Labour's health spokesperson in Brussels, I'm determined to make sure that we give our mental health the due attention that it deserves. "As a result, they feel like they're unworthy". Going through postpartum, women don't like to admit they're failing as a mom. "We can do a lot as a friend or family member". The company is also introducing a new mental-health care product for group plan sponsors, which includes higher annual limits, more eligible practitioners, employee assistance programs and early intervention services.

"Even if you don't want to talk about your mental health, having a conversation with someone, connecting with people through conversation is good for your mental health so keep in mind to take time to talk".

Chenhall said it's important to be kind to those experiencing mental illness issues while listening and asking.

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