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It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder and 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
“During that time, I didn’t want to get out of bed or leave the house or be social in any way,” says Reid. “I just remember that it was a horrible time for me and I wasn’t sure how or if I was going to come out of it; I even attempted to take my own life twice,” Reid adds.
The Canadian Mental Health Association reports that suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people die prematurely each year by suicide.
“The day I decided to get help, was the day everything turned around for me, and I’m in a better place today because of it,” comments Reid.
Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
Today marked Bell Let’s Talk Day to raise funds and awareness for mental health. Facebook and Twitter was filled with posts and tweets using the #BellLetsTalk hashtag and the Bell Let’s Talk logo. Bell agreed to donate 5 cents for every post with the logo or hashtag or for every text or long-distance call for Bell customers and reached a total of 96,266,266 interactions raising over $4.8 million for mental health initiatives.
“Wow Canada! What an incredible response to the call to help end the terrible stigma around mental illness. By talking so openly with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues about the real impact of mental illness, we’re saying the time has come for this disease to come out of the shadows,” said Clara Hughes, Canada’s six-time Olympic medalist. “The Bell Let’s Talk conversation has grown significantly each year but the energy and scope of this year’s campaign beat all expectations. On behalf of the untold numbers of Canadians whose lives will be improved by your participation, I truly thank everyone for making Bell Let’s Talk 2013 such an incredible success!”
“The biggest problem is that people are not talking,” says Reid. “It’s the silence that is hurting us more than anything, and it indirectly affects all Canadians at some point; it could be a friend, family member or colleague,” says Reid. “Hopefully, we can continue to see the kind of success we saw today, for years to come, so we can truly make a difference for those who suffer with mental illness both directly and indirectly.”
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About Pauleanna Reid
Pauleanna Reid is a nationally published journalist, motivational speaker, celebrity fashion stylist and mentor. Through a whirlwind of inspirational lectures, round table discussions and media appearances, she positively influences, challenges and reconnects youth with their passions while providing the necessary tools to prioritize and execute.
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