How you can join the conversation on mental health

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day. It is a day widely recognized for bringing about conversations on mental health. 

On this day, many people share their stories and make posts about Bell Let’s Talk in support of the cause. 

The thing is, mental health is a really important issue all the time - not just today.  

So, don’t be afraid to take part in the awareness being raised today - we’re so glad to have it! But, remember to make sure you keep that conversation going all year.  

Here are some things you can do to be a part of the conversation on mental health: 

1. Volunteer

Volunteering with mental health non-profits is an amazing way to stay connected to the cause and gives you the opportunity to help right at the base level. These can often be rewarding and insightful experiences and can help to make mental health a more commonly recognized issue.  

It also connects you with other people and can help you feel healthier and happier according to an article on HelpGuide. Volunteering helps others and has the potential to help you at the same time. 

2. Talk

Talk to your parents, your friends, your teachers and talk to anyone who wants to talk about mental health. 

Mental illness directly affects one in five Canadians and indirectly affects every Canadian according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Just talking to other people about it can help normalize conversations about mental health. It can also be a great healing tool to gain support from others who may have had similar experiences. 

Also, remember to listen - sometimes we all just need someone to talk to.

3.  Be educated 

if you’re ever unsure about something to do with mental health that’s okay! But make sure you find a credible source about what you want to know so you can be sure you’re getting the right information. 

Being educated can even mean learning proper language to use when it comes to addressing mental health. Using proper language can be key in addressing issues and helping people with their mental health.  This guide from Everymind is a great tool to get started.

4. Be kind

You never know who may be struggling. So try to be kind in all of your interactions with people (which is just good practice anyway) because sometimes we all need a little kindness to get through a hard day.  

Plus, you can help brighten someone’s day just by simply being nice to them.  

Jennifer P