We’ve known for a long time that it’s almost always better to talk about mental health than to keep quiet about it. We should continually be looking for ways to have conversations about how we are doing, how we are feeling, and ask those questions of those we care about. This Thursday, Jan. 28, Bell Let’s Talk Day will again serve as a conversation starter, as the telecommunications giant will try to foster dialogue and then back up its good intentions by writing a big cheque.

Even masked and quarantined, it’s important to talk about mental health with those we care about. It’s better still if we can find the right thing to say. Let’s try; let’s talk.

The ‘let’s talk’ message is easy to hashtag, but it’s also a worthy one and it has resonated with a lot of people over the years. Bell says that a Nielsen survey two years ago suggested the percentage of Canadians who are comfortable speaking with others about mental health doubled from 42 per cent in 2012 to 84 per cent in 2019. We do believe that efforts to reduce stigma have been effective. More people struggling with their mental health have been empowered to address their personal challenges and have had the courage to turn them into talking points to try to help others. A lot of us are getting better at choosing our words.  Read the rest of this editorial at Nanaimo News Bulletin…

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