Time to talk about mental illness

Bell Let’s Talk helps open up the discussion on mental health

For the past ten years, Bell has dedicated a day to educate people about mental health. Since 2011, Bell Let’s Talk has raised more than $100 million to help fund research, improve access and care. “Small action. Big impact,” says the Bell campaign.  

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I find this special day conflicting. I hear people complain that it’s a waste of time or a publicity stunt. But for someone who has dealt with mental health problems, I feel acknowledged.

The Bell Let’s Talk campaign has affected me – even if the issues I’m dealing with today may not be as severe as they once were. The constant panic attacks, anxiety, and sadness I endured were a struggle. Recovery starts the day you talk to someone. I have learned to talk about it.

Emma O’Hare had a similar experience.

O’Hare is an ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk. She shares her story with others.

At the age of 10, she was diagnosed with depression. After overcoming her struggles, she became comfortable sharing her story. She worked with several organizations before Bell. Three years ago, the campaign heard her story and reached out.

Bell Let’s Talk ambassador, Emma O’Hare.

“I wanted to take something perceived to be so negative and foster that into something positive that could help people,” says O’Hare.

She began sharing her story in hopes of helping others. The experience with the campaign has been rewarding. It’s also a chance to inspire someone to take the first step in their recovery. O’Hare also met many hardworking people through her involvement with the cause.

The hope of the campaign is to educate. You’re encouraged to learn about the illness, the language you should use when addressing someone, other illnesses, and much more.

The Bell Let’s Talk campaign takes place one day of the year. But the goal is to create a dialogue about mental illness for the days that come before and after.