Mental Wealth – Blog by Debbie Havusha
We need more people to secure investments towards our Mental Health Agenda. It is well worth it!!
On January 27th the ‘Let’s Talk’ Bell Campaign is leading the discussion once again to raise those dollars enriching our knowledge and program delivery for Mental Health. “Last year Canadians opened up the dialogue on mental health, contributing more than 122 million tweets, texts, calls and social media shares on Bell Let’s Talk Day. A record 122,150,772 tweets, texts, calls and shares were made Wednesday, helping to raise more than $6.1 million for mental health initiatives. The hashtag #BellLetsTalk was a number one trend on Twitter in Canada, and worldwide, with a total of 4,775,708 tweets made. This was 58.3 per cent more than last year. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents for each tweet and social media share made using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk. Bell also makes a donation for each call and text made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers.”
The campaign’s ambassadors Clair Hughes, Howie Mandel, Michael Landsberg, Mary Walsh and Serena Ryder to name a few, are posed on bus stops around the city reminding all of us to raise funds for this ‘Mental Health Awareness Crusade’. The money raised improves access to programs and services of people living with mental health issues. It supports and helps improve the well-being of our community members. It enriches our knowledge base of how to prevent and or address mental illnesses when they invade the thought patterns of one’s being. Many of us have lost loved ones to battles with a raving and relentless mental illness.
Promoting good mental health programs wherever possible while combating the stigma associated with mental illness and providing services for those affected by mental illness needs to be a concerted community effort. I commend and salute Bell for their annual ‘Let’s Talk’ awareness campaign that financially supports programs that can be both pro-active and re-active to what is a very serious dilemma that will affect 1 out of 5 people in their lifetimes.
Please join the growing global conversation and support Canada’s mental health and mental wealth!!
Yours in discourse,