New mental health campaign rocks

Peter Welsh is a singer  songwriter. He uses his music to help others in need

"Time to Talk Day is a fantastic opportunity to start a conversation about mental health and to help break down the stigma that has too always been associated with mental health problems".

The campaign encourages people to share their experience with mental health issues along with the #BellLetsTalk hashtag. If we place too much of a focus on physical purchases to practise that self-care, we are alienating populations in poverty who are at risk for mental health issues and may not be able to afford the latest self-care fad product.

The advertising campaign was the victor of the Channel 4 Annual Diversity in Advertising Award, and was designed by Lloyds Bank and its creative agency adam&eveDDB.

"Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people still find it hard to talk about it. By raising awareness of invisible disabilities and taking action to promote healthy wellbeing, we can support our colleagues to recognise the signs and feel confident and equipped to support customers and each other".

Des Clarke said: "We all have mental health and it should be something we can talk about anywhere".

Emma Avhede, Managing Director at HÄLSA WELLBEING and The Mindful People Company, is urging people to jump on board with the campaign: "The conversations around mental health are changing, and people are becoming more accepting of having these conversations, but one of the things that is a hindrance to us today is that we're working through apps all the time and technology is really fast-pace and we tend to move away and shy away from those face-to-face conversations".

Sudburians are being asked to sign a petition at www.erasethedifference.ca meant to send a strong message to provincial election candidates that mental health and addictions care in Ontario should be funded the same as physical health care.




It's based around making sure that staff are trained and empowered to identify mental health problems in themselves and others, giving them opportunities to have discussions about the subject and providing support where necessary. "We all know someone who struggles with mental illness or mental health issues, and it's just really important to reduce the stigma and show that we're okay to talk about it". People shouldn't be afraid to ask someone if they're not feeling well or if there's something they can do to help.

"It is also not a reflection of who we are as people".

For example, the Varsity Blues men's hockey team hosted the Guelph Gryphons on January 26 in their Bell Let's Talk Game.

Shiraz said: "We're delighted with the grant, which will provide the funds for our well-being café for families to enjoy when they visit their children for our Parents in School afternoons at the end of each term".

"Even if you don't want to talk about your mental health, having a conversation with someone, connecting with people through conversation is good for your mental health so keep in mind to take time to talk".

20-year-old Brianne Moore from Ottawa says she started to experience anxiety at just three years old. What I am saying, though, is I think it's very important to talk to your kids and listen to your kids and make sure you know what's going on with them.

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