Did you know that October 2nd-8th is mental illness awareness week? It’s a week where the importance of mental illnesses and the issues that come along with them are brought to the attention of the world. Let’s face it, everyone suffers from some form of mental health issue whether they show signs, take medications to help, speak of it or not speak of it at all! We need to #EndTheStigma behind mental health and let those suffering know that #ItsOkayToTalk and that there are people out there that care and will gladly take the time to help them however that may be. A shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen or a voice that says; I’m here for you is all it takes sometimes.
We never know what a person is dealing with silently. Smile at a stranger, say hello, hold the door, wish someone a good day. It’s the small acts that show people with mental health issues that the world does care! Take the time to reach out to someone who looks like they could use an ear to listen. Stand up against stigmatized speech and avoid it yourself. Together we can help end the stigma behind mental health and mental illness!
If you or someone that you know are dealing with mental health issues and need someone that you can talk to in confidence we’ve (with the help of Bell) compiled a list of a few sites and phone numbers below that may be helpful:
• Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
• Collateral Damage 1-888-835-9041
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