This post talks about depression and mental illness from the author’s experience. If you need help, please speak to a professional or look to mental health resources from credible sources like CAMH.
The annual Bell Let’s Talk initiative came and went yesterday. Let’s Talk is Canada’s largest corporate initiative dedicated to mental health that raises awareness about mental illness and donates funds to support mental health programs and services in Canada. For one day a year, which landed on Wed, Jan 30 this year, the company raises money through their social media campaign and then donates those funds to local organizations to support the provision of mental health services. This initiative inspires people to discuss their own struggles with mental health. In 2015, I was inspired to share my experience with depression with others. I said a lot about my journey, and four years later I feel that managing for mental health is still one of my top priorities. I wrote a follow-up post to acknowledge that depression comes and goes and can be confusing, devastating, isolating, and scary to experience, but nonetheless, it is manageable and there is always hope.
I still stand by my words that I wrote in 2015 and 2016. I thought about my message a lot, and I think I said most of what I wanted to say. Because of that, I thought it would be helpful – even years later – to share it with you once again with the hope that it resonates with somebody. It’s important to know that mental health is not a discussion that is limited to the Bell Let’s Talk day, and that people should feel comfortable reaching out to friends and family on any day of the year. A final message I would like to emphasize is, that no matter how cliche, it’s true that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope. In your darkest time, hold on to the hope that there is a great big world out there to explore, a precious life you have that is worth living, and friends and family around you worth sharing that with.
My original Facebook post regarding mental health
A year later