Bell Let's Talk: Top 5 Mental Health Posts
BELL LET'S TALK is today. On January 31st, 2018, Bell will contribute to the mental health initiative by donating 5 cents for every text, phone call, tweet, social media video view, use of Facebook frame, and use of Snapchat filter.
Bell began to change the conversation about mental health in 2010, and has since donated a total of $86,504,429.05 to mental health programs.
The four pillars of Bell's strategy are: anti-stigma, care and access, research, and workplace health. Today, the more you text (turn off iMessage), interact, and spread the word on social media, the more Bell donates.
In honour of this national initiative, I have compiled a list of my Top 5 mental health blog posts. Although my posts will not lessen the prevalence of mental illness in the world, I do hope they give people a voice and contribute towards further changing the dialogue surrounding mental illness. Simply click the button under the title to open the link to the post.
Mental health affects us all. Let's raise even MORE in 2018. Get talking!
WHY I GO TO THERAPY
I go to therapy, and I'm not ashamed. Therapy has been an integral part of my life for almost ten years now and I wouldn't have it any other way. Despite crying countless tears and having to talk about emotion-filled thoughts and fears, therapy has been exactly the release I need to, quite truthfully, carry on with life. Read more about why I go to therapy by clicking the link below.
LESSER-KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY
Anxiety can look like someone having the classic panic attack: shortness of breath, sweating, pacing, and racing thoughts. But anxiety can also look a lot different. I wrote this post in the hopes of educating others - you do not have to fit the classic stereotype to experience anxiety to some degree. Read on below about some of the symptoms of anxiety that I deal with - symptoms that are often left out of the discussion altogether.
I'M SORRY FOR ALL THE TIMES I SAID NO TO YOUR INVITES
"I'm sorry, I can't come out". But not for the reasons you might think. Turning down social get togethers is one of the hardest things about mental illness. As human beings, we long for human contact - yet somehow, thoughts, emotions, and fears get in the way of that. And they can get in the way time and time again, until we feel so isolated from the world. Click the button below to read all about why I have turned down invitations, and what I want you to know about it.
YES, I HAVE ANXIETY AND NO, I DON'T TALK ABOUT IT FOR ATTENTION
I have anxiety. In addition to anorexia, I have to deal with another beast on a daily basis. Anxiety is a nasty illness, and it seems that more and more people are beginning to relate to its symptoms. Whether or not you can identify the source of your anxiety, please know that you have permission to take care of yourself when you are feeling off. Read all about my journey with anxiety and what I do to fight back.
THE PROBLEM WITH BODY IMAGE
This post was my most recent one, and it was inspired by a conversation with a friend. It seems like more and more people are experiencing body image troubles to some degree. These difficulties are neither gender nor race-specific, but rather make their way into the population due to a wide array of influences. What is the problem with body image? Click the link below to read about my thoughts regarding this invasive and pervasive issue.
So, today, let's get talking. Let's START talking. Let's support Bell on their quest to reduce stigma, improve care and access, fund research, and develop workplace health standards. For more information, you can visit https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/
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