I like the idea behind Bell Let’s Talk and everything that the day stands for. I completely support ending the stigma surrounding mental health. And I have to commend Bell for all they’ve done, all they are currently doing, and all the company will do in the future.
What I don’t like is that it’s easy to forget about mental health every other day of the year, especially if you aren’t directly affected by it. It’s easy to perpetuate the stereotypes, to prolong the stigma.
That’s because it’s not as easy to be aware, to be understanding, and to be helpful.
I think people need to pay more attention to their word choice. Words have power. More power than we think.
What bothers me is despite all the time I’ve spent in school, I don’t feel like I was properly educated about mental health. I don’t know the facts. I don’t know the statistics. I don’t know the numbers. But I know it’s real, I know it exists. Most importantly, I know a lot more can be done to help those suffering from mental illness.
This isn’t anyone’s fault.
But this is something everyone needs to help solve.
While the initiative is not new, it hasn’t been around for that long either. Today marks the sixth Bell Let’s Talk. It happens one day a year, which begs the question, what about the other three hundred and sixty-four days? Or since 2016 is a leap year, what about the other three hundred and sixty-five days?
Fortunately, for every tweet with #BellLetsTalk, for every text or call made by a Bell customer, the company donates 5 cents in support of mental health initiatives. Unfortunately, the donations stop after twenty four hours. And while I realize that they can’t possibly donate 5 cents for every tweet, text, etc., all year round, I hope we—as a society—are willing to do our part in raising awareness and generating change every second of every day.
I love that Bell Let’s Talk starts the conversation. All I ask is that we continue the conversation long after today is over.