This year, Bell’s Let’s Talk Day will be on January 29th. For those of you not familiar with it, for that day, Bell will donate 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. So what better opportunity to do just that – Talk.
While things have certainly improved, particularly among millennials, there is still a stigma associated with admitting that no one is immune to mental health problems. People across ever social and economic status can experience mental illness and admitting that yours may be one of the families affected is not only not a sign of weakness, but rather a step towards recovery.
Evidence-based treatment including medications and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be effective to allow people to enjoy their life and resume their personal, academic or professional path. The first step to being able to access such care, however, is to recognize that a problem exists. Often it is helpful for family or friends to reach out to their loved one with an empathetic ear to encourage the conversation. It can be daunting to take the first step and open up, so if you think someone may have an issue, reach out and open the door for conversation.
As always, remember that the best treatment is prevention and this includes taking care of you. There is no better protection of your mental health than exercise, a healthy diet and regular sleep routine. But if you do find yourself in a position where you need additional support, speak to your health care practitioner, call CMHA at 1 (888) 454-8875 or contact a professional counsellor, many of whom are covered under employee benefits and Employee Assistance Programs.
Talking about our mental health should be no different or more shameful than talking about our physical health. None of us would hesitate to admit we have a broken arm, so why do treat the brain as though it is not a part of our body?
Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT
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