Bell Lets Talk Day

2014-03-10 08:00:51

Bell Let's Talk Day

Thankfully there are major corporations and influentially people who want to help those battling mental health issues and donate time and resources to come up with a cure.

On January 28th 2014 Bell Canada will launch the third annual Bell Let's Talk Day campaign in an effort to support mental health awareness. The Bell Mental Health campaign has promised to donate 5 cents for every text message sent, long distance call made, tweets using #BellLetsTalk and facebook shares of the Bell Let's Talk image. With the help of Olympian Clara Hughes, Bell encourages people to engage in dialogue about mental health through social media and access information about the mental health community.

Clara Hughes

Battling depression is one of the hardest fights a person can endure. Olympic medalist, and national spokesperson for the Bell Let's Talk day Clara Hughes knows this well. As an advocate for the campaign Hughes uses her past experiences and struggles with depression to spread the word that help is available, and recovery and a happy life is possible for people with mental illnesses. "It's not about me. The only reason I've shared my story is to take that tiny baby step of breaking down the stigma attached to depression," says Hughes

The Globe and Mail reports that after the 1996 Olympics in which Hughes won her first pair of cycling medals her life imploded. Like many people she didn't know what was happening or how to help herself. "The cycle of overtraining continued and I got injured," Hughes said. "I kept pushing myself further. Eventually, I realized I wasn't just having physical problems – I had an emotional problem. I was living alone and was isolating myself. There was something wrong, but I didn't know what it was."

It wasn't until Hughes met her husband Peter Guzman that she got an answer and was able to talk about her problems. Guzman reportedly showed her that the world was bigger than the cycle she had created for herself. With his help she became a reader, hiker, creative artist – and a speed skater. Hughes is currently conquering her fears and uses a mixture of determination and discipline to avoid slipping back into the dark days of her life. "It's something I deal with to this day, a fear of falling back into that darkness… I got though it and it brought me to where I am today."

Conquer your Illness!

Meditate - Scientists are discovering that meditation actually increases the amount of grey matter in the brain, essentially rewiring the body to stress less. A number of recent studies highlight the positive effects of meditation on anxiety, mood, and stress symptoms.

Sleep - Not enough sleep can contribute to our levels of stress and anxiety. Sleeping is a chance for our bodies to recover and our minds to sort through all the information that we encounter on a daily basis.

Eat right - Studies have linked vitamin B with good mental health, and omega-3s may help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Whole-grain carbs help regulate levels of serotonin, the "feel-good" neurotransmitter that helps us remain calm.

Exercise- Working out releases endorphins to keep you happy and active. Run, bike, lift weights. Why not try a group fitness class to keep yourself motivated?

Enjoy the outdoors - Mother nature can do wonders for your mood, and it's free! Taking a deep breath of crisp fresh air can up lift your spirits, allow the sun to provide you with vitamin D while the natural scenery soothes and calms your over worked mind.

Stop trying to be perfect - Nobody is perfect, so there is no point in putting yourself under all that pressure. Try making realistic goals, and allow yourself to learn from your mistakes. Conquer Your Critical Self Attacks- Depression is often accompanied by a critical, self-destructive mentality that interferes with and distracts us from our daily lives. For every negative thought that enters your mind, turn it around and counter it with a positive one.

Enlist friends and family to help you - Quiet your mind and reach out to those around you and ask for help, a hug, or support. Talking about your problems or worries is not self-pitying. Friends and family, especially those who care about you, will appreciate knowing what's going on.

Find your own happiness - Put aside what everyone else wants to do and once a week do a new activity you've always wanted to try.

Don't Punish Yourself for Feeling Bad - Feeling embarrassed or self-hating over your depression will only increase your symptoms and discourage you from seeking help. It's important to be your own advocate and have compassion for yourself during difficult times.

Getting healthy is about preservation, hard work and a strong belief in yourself. From all here at Kimurawear, don't give up on your journey.

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Jennifer Skye

2014-03-10 08:11:22
This subject really hit home with me. Depression is one of those illnesses that is still embarrassing to talk about, and when it comes to friends, family or work frowned upon. Great blog, let's hope we can ALL make a change!

Ted Lorne

2014-03-10 08:14:49
Great topic, nice to see a real brand talk about important topics, having to live with someone with depression, talking about these issues is very important.

Sal Sherwood

2014-03-19 07:50:42
Two years ago we were losing my sister to depression. She would walk around like a zombie, cry at the drop of a hat and went from being this bouncing blond ball of happiness. Then came the swings, one minute she was curled up in the fetal position, then a few hours later she was talking so fast we couldn't follow. After getting help we discovered she was bipolar. This was the hardest news we've ever had to get, but we quickly got over any preconceived notions of what it might mean and she is doing much better. She's my sister and I love her, so if that means putting a little extra energy into her it's what I'm going to do. Great blog, keep it up.


2014-03-24 08:00:43
Depression and anxiety are both topics that really hit home for me. I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder at a young age and was spiraling out of control by the time I was university. After getting the help I needed I'm not well on my way to becoming the woman that I have always dreamed of being. With support and love anything is possible. Anyone at the end of their rope should tie a knot and hang on because better things are to come!

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