Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Support Bell Canada's "Let's Talk" Day
Harry and Meghan have posted a short video clip on their @sussexroyal Instagram Story today in support of Bell Canada's annual "Let's Talk" Day, a mental health initiative whereby Bell donates 5 cents for every applicable text, call, tweet or retweet, social media video view and use of Bell's Facebook frame or Snapchat filter.The initiative began in 2010 to get Canadians talking about mental health. The program has encouraged millions of people including celebrities and famous sports men and women to engage in open discussions about mental illness.
- Be careful of the words you use when talking about people who have mental illnesses – words matter.
- Educate yourself about the myths and facts surrounding mental illness.
- Be kind – simple kindness, a smile and listening, can make all of the difference. Expressions like “You’ll get over it” and “Just relax” can minimize how a person is feeling. Instead offer your support and say, “I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well.” Ask what you can do to help.
- Listen and ask. Mental illness is a very common. Being a good listener and asking how you can help, sometimes just even being there for people you care about, can be the first step in recovery.
- Talk about it. Break the silence. Mental illness touches us all in some way directly or through a friend, family member or colleague. Most people with mental health issues can and do recover, just by talking about it.