January 25th, 2017 was Bell’s mental health initiative: Bell Let’s Talk. If you’re active on social media you may have seen a flurry of posts with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk. Their initiative raised over $6 million dollars this year, which is an increase from last year! While it’s not quite mental health awareness month (that happens in May!), we wanted to share some information for any of our readers who may be struggling with a mental illness.
There is so much to consider with mental health and staying mentally healthy. Post-secondary schools are working harder than ever before to support students. Academic and physical health are only part of the equation. Schools are starting to realize that.
Reaching Mental Health Stability
First off, if you feel like you are in crisis, get in touch with Klinic right now. They have chat and phone support. Klinic is a unique program available only to Manitoba, staffed by fellow Manitobans, and is completely free and confidential. There are also supports that you can access, for free, at your post-secondary school. Most schools, if not all, employ counsellors, elders and/or other mental health professionals who are ready to help you. A great list of all the centres for our partners is here:
You Don’t Have to Go it Alone
The hardest thing you might face today is getting out of bed. Another hard thing might be asking for help. If you take anything away from this article today we want it to be comfort in knowing you aren’t alone. Mental illnesses affect everyone. It’s not just the person who suffers from the disease: their friends and family do as well. If you aren’t currently attending post-secondary school, try your guidance counsellor if you’re in high school and the Canadian Mental Health Association in Manitoba for more resources.
Also, don’t underestimate how much your kindness can do for someone else. A simple kind word or offer to genuinely listen could save someone’s life. Let’s all be kind to each other.
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