The conversation around mental health has changed so much since I was a kid. As in, we talk about it, at least a little. The importance of starting a conversation is beyond anything I can really explain to anyone who hasn’t really been touched by mental health challenges, but trust me when I say that just being able to speak about the issue can mean the world to people.
I am no stranger to anxiety and depression, so while the issue also hits close to home, it’s not really me I’m worried about. I worry about those who feel they don’t have a voice. I worry about all those suffering in silence, or those at the end of their ropes, or those who feel there’s only darkness.
If you’re on Twitter, I encourage you to tweet using the #BellLetsTalk hashtag today, because for each tweet, Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives. And also, because by giving a voice to mental health, we support one another. We show our love and support, and empathy for those struggling. And we allow ourselves to feel the struggle, too.
During the day, I’m going to update this post with links to friends’ posts about mental health related issues.
Please visit them, share their posts, and keep the conversation going. Mental health isn’t something we can talk about just one day per year, it’s important enough to talk about daily. Keep talking. Reach out. You’re not alone.
Mental Illness in Kids — Bell Media Let’s Talk Campaign is on!, by Alyson Schafer
Leave a Space, by Late Night Plays
How to Support a Spouse Suffering from Mental Illness, by Lisa Canning
When Everything Goes Terribly Awry, by Erin Blaskie
Chazz Petrella: The Boy Who Should Have Lived – the fifth estate
How can I be a good dad if I want to cry so often?, by Puzzling Posts
Ethereal Atonement, by Life by the Sea
It’s Hard to Take Courage, by Anne Tiffin of Find Your Core
Reflecting: Stress and Anxiety, by Bit of Momsense
The Internal Dialogue of “Depression Me”, by Puzzling Posts
Parenting Through Depression, by Raising my Boys
The Airport., by AlwaysARedhead
Parenting, Depression and Mental Illness, at PhD in Parenting
Conversations We Need to Have: Teens and Mental Health, at PhD in Parenting
It’s Time for Me to Come Out, by The Joy of Cooking (for Little Assholes)
Help a Friend in Need, by Fab Frugal Mama
Niall McGee didn’t believe in depression — until cancer medication put him in a suicidal spiral, by Niall McGee for The Globe & Mail
Why We Need to Erase the Stigma Attached to Mental Illness, by Jessica Terry for Yummy Mummy Club
Childhood Fears Can Become Adult Fears, by Mama Bear’s Haven
Jennifer R. Cook has drawn an inspirational picture every day for four years to heal from depression, by Jillian Taylor for CBCNews
Let’s Talk, by Werds and Fotos
Letting Go and Letting God, by jsack’s mom’s blog
An Open Letter to Those I Hurt While Depressed, by Unrestrained Laughter
Through the Looking Glass — My Life With Anorexia, by Sparkly Shoes and Sweat Drops
Living with Anxiety, a guest post at Dad Goes Round
Postpartum Depression, by Brianna Bell for Mental Health International
Let’s Talk Mental Health: We Have a Long Way to Go, by Common Cents Mom
Worry in Tweendom, by Laurel Crossley for Tweenhood
Broken, by Judy Kucharuk
Sickness and Health: If Mental Health Challenges Committment, by Kelly Flannigan Bos for Yummy Mummy Club
Don’t Let Anxious Thoughts Ruin Your Day, by Kelly Flannigan Bos for Yummy Mummy Club
Anxiety Disorders in Children, by Paula Schuck for Today’s Parent
Bell Let’s Talk Day, Feb. 12, 2013, by Raising My Boys
Sane is Just Crazy Without the Balls to Own It, by Anne Tiffin of Find Your Core
A Note to Moms with ADHD, by Super ADD Mom
Mental Health (a story of a friend’s suicide), by The Hardest Quest
9 Little Steps to Finding Balance in Life, by KetchupMoms
The Post Where We Catch Up, by Crazy Mama Runs
The Darkness Beckons, by Our World From A to Z
Blogging, Networking and Anxiety — how this girl copes, by British Columbia Mom
Let’s Talk: My Story, by The Fashion Kidd
There will be light again, by What Did She Say?
The One Thing I Never Talk About, by My Shananigans
Mental Health Day, by Lola Speaks
The Weight of the World, by From Z to C and Beyond
Let’s Talk About Maternal Depression and Anxiety, by Mommy Miracles
Please Say “Daddy” First, by This Slow Process
I Had Postpartum Depression and I Never — Not Ever — Wanted to Harm My Child, by Life With a Baby
Mourning a Miscarriage, by The Big To-Do List
My Struggle as a Working Mum, by A Little of This and That Mama
Let’s Talk, by Curtains Are Open
Me and my mental health, by Amanda Jetté Knox for The Ottawa Sun
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