Today, Thursday January 28th, 2021 is Bell Let’s Talk Day. In 2010 Bell started an annual conversation to highlight the importance of Canada’s mental health, the idea being that for every applicable interaction Bell donates 5 cents to mental health initiatives in Canada. In 2021 Bell Let’s Talk Day is the worlds largest conversation about mental health with over 1.1 billion interactions being recorded leading to more than $113 million in donations in the past 11years. For more information, resources and ways you can help be a part of this conversation head to letstalk.bell.ca
The past year has been tough for everyone, and there is no shame in asking for some help. If talking to friends or family helps your mental health, do that. If reading your favourite book in the bathtub helps your mental health, do that. If organizing your closet helps your mental health, do that. If re-watching Harry Potter for the hundredth time helps your mental health (guilty)... then do that. These are unprecedented times, and you are not at fault because you haven’t found a new hobby or side hustle, if you haven’t organized your entire house or started crafting, if all you have done is survived then I am proud of you – and you should be too.
Whatever it is you are going through; your feelings are valid no matter how hard your mind is trying to tell you otherwise. And as lonely as you may feel, remember you are never alone.
At Rhythmic Gymnastics Alberta we want to remind you that mental health is just as important as physical health and if you or anyone you know is struggling, we encourage you to reach out for help.
Here are some resources to help you or anyone you know who might need it:
Kid’s Help Phone –1-800-668-6868
kidshelpphone.ca support is available via text, phone, Facebook messenger and live chat on their website.
Canadian Mental Heal Association –cmha.ca
Alberta Mental Health Services – https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/amh/amh.aspx
Mental Health Helpline –1-877-303-2642 support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Written By Ellie Monument