Ironically, I’ve had difficulty writing this piece because I’ve been going through a rough patch of depression, so I’m going to keep it short. I just want to say this – I’ve struggled with depression for close to 10 years, I’ve received a ton of support, have access to all kinds of treatment, and am the human resources person in my organization (meaning I know my rights). And yet I still can’t bring myself to openly say, ‘I’m calling in sick because of depression’. (See Howie Mandel’s video at the link below where he mentions this issue…)
Today is Bell Let’s Talk, a day to support ending the stigma around mental illness. I’m no corporate spokesperson, but I’m in favour of any initiative like this that not only puts money towards mental health care, and encourages us all to talk about it openly and without shame.
I hope you’ll check out the information, tools and videos from Clara Hughes, Michael Landsberg, Mary Walsh and Howie Mandel, at http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/
If you’re a Bell customer, I hope you’ll text and phone your face off today, as 5 cents from each text and call will go to support mental health initiatives.
If you’re not a Bell customer, please join me in tweeting and facebooking using #BellLetsTalk, cause those will raise 5 cents each, too.
Most of all, I hope you’ll talk…in the car on the way to work, at lunch, after school, over dinner. Just talk about it.