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As lawyers who handle short term and long term disability claims for all types of illnesses and injuries, we understand how a mental illness affects a person’s ability to work and various aspects of a person’s life.
On January 29, 2020, it is Bell Let’s Talk Day. Bell Let’s Talk Day is an important day. It is about increasing awareness, reducing stigma, helping to change behaviours and attitudes about mental health issues.
A 2019 survey conducted by Nielsen Consumer Insights found that 84% of Canadians now say they are comfortable discussing mental health with others compared to 42% in 2012.
Types of Mental Illness
There are various types of mental illness, and all of them can have a serious impact on both the individual and his or her family.
Important Facts to Consider*
Part of Bell’s campaign is to make Canadians realize that mental illness is everyone’s concern.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), mood and anxiety disorders affect approximately 22% of the Canadian population.
CMHA states that at this very moment, 3 million Canadians are suffering from depression.
According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, every day, 500,000 Canadians miss work due to mental illnesses.
According to the Canadian Institute of Health Research, 1 in 5 people will experience a form of mental illness in their lifetime.
The Canadian Medical Association found that 27% of Canadians are fearful of being around people who suffer from serious mental illness.
According to the World Health Organization, mental illness is the number one leading cause of disability worldwide and in Canada. It accounts for 30% of disability claims in Canada and 5 of the 10 leading causes of disability are related to mental disorders.
How Does It Work?
On this day, Bell Canada will donate 5 cents towards mental health initiatives for each of the following:
What is the Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health Initiative?
Bell Let’s Talk has developed a mental health initiative and 5 ways to help end stigma.
The Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative centres around 4 pillars:
Stigma is a big hurdle for anyone suffering from a mental illness and is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help. Bell Let’s Talk awareness campaign and Bell Let’s Day opens the national conversation about mental illness across Canada. It is about growing the dialogue on mental health.
Care & Access:
Bell Canada supports a variety of organizations. Only one-third of those who need mental health-related services in Canada will receive treatment. This is due to the stigma associated with mental illness or because they do not have access to programs in their community.
Mental health is the leading cause of workplace disability in Canada and represents 15% of Canada’s burden of disease. Bell practices workplace health and encourages greater corporate engagement across Canada.
Bell is investigating in the best-in-class research programs with the potential to have a transformative impact on Canadians. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people are affected by mental illness. It is expected by 2020 that mental illness will be the leading cause of disability on the planet.
What are the 5 ways to help end stigma?
Bell Let’s Talk also provides 5 ways Canadians can help end stigma.
Why? Because while words can be comforting, words can also be hurtful and it’s important to pay attention to the words you use.
How to Help: By explaining to friends, relatives and colleagues that using words like “psycho” or “crazy” without thinking can be hurtful and provide an alternative view.
Why? Unfortunately there are many myths that exist about mental illness that contribute to stigma.
How to Help: Learn the facts about mental illness. By learning more, knowing more, and becoming knowledgeable, you can help fight stigma with facts.
Why? Small acts of kindness speak volumes.
How to Help: Don’t stand by if someone is being labelled or bullied.
Treat a person who has a mental illness with the kindness and care you give to people with other illnesses (i.e. physical illnesses) through a friendly smile, a helping hand, a phone call or a visit. Let them know you care.
Listen and Ask:
Why? Sometimes it’s best to just listen.
How to Help: Don’t trivialize someone’s illness. A suggestion is, “I’m sorry to hear that, it must be a difficult time. Is there anything I can do to help?”
Talk About It:
Why? Start a dialogue, not a debate.
How: Break the silence. Talk about how mental illness touches us all in same way, be it directly or through a friend, family member or colleague.
Stories of lived experience are the best way to help eradicate stigma.
Support mental health and anti-stigma programs in your community.
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