Bell Let's Talk Day
Bell Let's Talk Day is here, a day designed to reduce the stigma around mental illness.
Here's how you can help out.
Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian Mental Health programs for each of these interactions:
Every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers.
Twitter: Every tweet using #BellLetsTalk
Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let's Talk Day video at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk
Instagram: Every post using #BellLetsTalk
Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let's Talk Snapchat geofilter
Oliver based physician Dr. Alan Ruddiman is the President of the Doctors of BC.
He says we need to talk openly about mental illness.
"I think it'll reduce the stigma that many sufferers feel", says Ruddiman. "Nobody wants to feel sad, blue or downtrodden emotionally, and we need to let these people know that as much as you're struggling, if you share what's occurring then you are no longer alone, you've involved someone else in your circle of healing."
Ruddiman says here in the South Okanagan, the elderly can be extremely vulnerable to mental health issues, and it seems like they can go unrecognized, and under-treated
He says don't be afraid to talk to your doctor.
First started in 2010, Bell's 'Let's Talk' has donated almost 80 million dollars to mental health programs.