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آپ نہیں جانتے کہ آپ کے اردگرد نظر آنے والے بظاہر پرسکون اور خوش باش لوگ کس ذہنی دباؤ، پریشانی اور اندرونی ٹوٹ پھوٹ کا شکار ہیں۔ہمارے دوست، رشتہ دار یہاں تک کہ ہمارے ٹین ایج کو پہنچنے والے بچے پڑھائی اور بے پناہ بڑھتے ہوئے مقابلے کی فضاء سے متاثر ہو سکتے ہیں۔
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ہمیشہ اپنارویہ مشفقانہ اوررحمدلانہ رکھیے
ذہنی پریشانی کے شکار کسی شخص سے کبھی مت کہیےکہ۔

-تم صرف عبادت یادعا میں دل لگاؤ

-تمہارا اصل مسئلہ تمہارا اپنا رویہ ہے یہ سب پریشانی صرف تمہارےدماغ کی پیداوار ہے

-ہم سب کےساتھ کوئی نہ کوئی مسئلہ ہوتا ہے۔یہ تمہارےاکیلے کے ساتھ نہیں ہے
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-جو کچھ تم محسوس کرتے ہو یہ کوئی انوکھا نہیں، ہر ایک کبھی نہ کبھی ایسا محسوس کرتاہے

اسکے برعکس انہیں محبت سےاحساس دلائیں اور بتائیں کہ

- کچھ بھی ہو تم بے حداہم ہو۔تمہاری خوشی اہم ہے

-سب سے پہلےاپنے آپ سےمحبت کرنا اپنے آپ کو اہمیت دینا سیکھو

-کبھی اپنے آپ کو جج نہ کرو۔

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I'm told #BellLetsTalk is about breaking stigmas, so here goes:

When I was 15 years old, I was a victim of sexual assault. For the most part, no one at school believed me, so I stopped talking about it. I was too ashamed to tell my parents. I suffered in silence.
After that, I regularly had panic attacks. I developed an eating disorder. I had a hard time focusing or finishing assignments.
In subsequent years, I always felt like something wasn’t right. I didn’t have any self-esteem, I wasn’t motivated, or hopeful, or particularly excited about anything. I drifted through life hoping more bad things wouldn’t happen, but not expecting good things to happen either.
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We've come a long way to #EndTheStigma around mental health but there's so much work to do. Particularly when it comes to access to services. We keep saying we treat mental illness like any other disease, but the resources available tell a different story. #BellLetsTalk thread:
When I had a serious depressive episode in my early 20s, my GP was my only option. He was retiring and happy to write a prescription. Meanwhile, I still had no idea what he wanted to treat me for. Depression and anxiety weren't real to me.
Things got worse. I had test after test because I assumed there was something "physically" wrong with me. I wasn't crazy, right?
But tests were negative. And I couldn't function. I lost 40 pounds in a few months. To say my family was worried is an understatement.
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Alright, this is a #BellLetsTalk thread. A reminder that Bell donates 5 cents per tweet/retweet of a tweet with the hashtag, so while the contents to follow are on the vulnerable side, and while the concerns about corporate activism are valid, I'd encourage the retweets.
I wrestled with doing this thread this year. I've done #BellLetsTalk efforts in previous years - opening up my phone number for texts until the trolls started to equal the sincere, and writing articles afterwards. But there were days of uncertainty leading to me typing this now.
As I'm sure you can gather from that, I'm one of the 1 in 5 Canadians who suffer through mental illness. I have generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder, best known as just anxiety and depression. I escitalopram and gabapentin on a daily basis. #BellLetsTalk
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1/ A thread..

Every year around this time, the old grumps all come out of the woodwork to criticize #BellLetsTalk , with the same tired arguments:

- It's advertizing, nothing more
- Bell get's tax breaks to do this
- They don't really care, it's all about PR

You've seen these
2/ For whatever reason, they refuse to acknowledge that corporations can do good AND advertize, take tax credits, boast with amazing PR. They are not mutually exclusive.

Companies have budgets explicitly for charitable programmes. We get it.
3/ However, without corporate sponsorships, many (most?) charitable organizations wouldn't exist. Cancer research, women's shelters, kids help lines, summer camps for blind kids, homeless shelters, food banks. They NEED corporate help, and the corporations get a tax break.
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So. #BellLetsTalk day. So, let's talk.
Got sad last year. Got down. Got depressed, even. What is it? It's an assassin inside you, speaking to you in your own voice. #BellLetsTalk
The great love your life, the one who makes you hold your breath when he or she steps into a room? Lost one of those. Didn't see it coming. #BellLetsTalk
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Instead of using #BellLetsTalk and #EndTheStigma to talk about mental health awareness, we should be using it to talk about solutions.

Medically necessary therapies...actually getting people the help that they need. There's a solution. Let's rock the helix. /1
@kahnkidz' argument re: consistent application of standards as it pertains to education in ontario so that Each Belongs (the HWCDSB slogan, and something they're about). There's a solution.
@MyVoteCounts5' argument for supports for disabilities. There's a solution. /2
@kahnkidz @MyVoteCounts5 Bill 64 (Noah and Gregory's Law). There's a solution.
@JulieMDPanneton's arguments re: psychotherapy and other therapies. There's a solution.

Rather than talking about awareness, let's be about supporting solutions that address these issues. #BellLetsTalk #endTheStigma /3 /END
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I believe talking makes a difference. Talking has saved my life. So while I love seeing people share tweets/posts about raising mental health awareness and supporting those who are struggling, I have to be honest and say that words don't always cut it. #BellLetsTalk
After I took part in #BellLetsTalk Primetime Special in 2018, I was overwhelmed with lovely messages from people calling me "brave", "strong" and sharing my story saying they were "proud to know me". It felt lovely to be seen after being so vulnerable.
So, it was extra isolating/devastating that when I was actually in the midst of a mental health crisis about 8 months later, those same people offering the platitudes were tumbleweeds in the wind. They were out there, but bouncing as fast as possible away from me. #BellLetsTalk
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THREAD:

Everyone knows that @Bell Canada’s #BellLetsTalk campaign has been raising money for mental health since 2011.

What few people know is that Bell has been destroying mental health conditions in prisons since 2013.

Bell, let’s talk about the Prison Phone Contract.
@Bell In 2013, @Bell and the Ministry of Correctional Services signed a contract giving Bell control over the phones in Ontario prisons. The contract expires around the end of this month. Though the Ministry and Bell work hard to cover up the details, here’s what we know so far:
@Bell -Every call someone makes from a prison is a collect call. This means the person on the other end has to pay $1/minute, and that’s local – according to CBC, a long-distance call can be $25 for 20 minutes. The cost adds up quickly. cbc.ca/news/canada/ot…
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#BellLetsTalk is an annual mental health fundraiser in Canada.

Grad school, academia, fieldwork, resource extraction, disaster prep & response, journalism, filming crunch, freelancing — all my industries & areas of expertise are ones with a huge toll on mental health.
It’s a fundamental credo of disaster response that you need to take care of yourself before assisting others.

If you try to power through, you’re setting yourself up to break & need rescue, making the situation harder & more dangerous.

That includes mental health. #BellLetsTalk
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For #BellLetsTalk day, #LetsTalk about Canadian photographers who experienced traumatic events while documenting the #FWW and #SWW 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
(Photograph is: Mud and barbed wire through which the Canadians advanced during the Battle of Passchendaele. W. Rider-Rider, November 1917, LAC MIKAN 3194807).
Canada's earliest #FWW photographer, Harry Knobel, experienced stress during the first months of the war. He was a member of the 1st Canadian Contingent whose medical records note that he began experiencing “neurasthenia” or “trench fever” as early as November 1915.
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It's #BellLetsTalk and for so many who struggle with #mentalhealth concerns, this day raises awareness and builds a culture of #compassion. Let's never again hear someone say, “just snap out of it” or “it’s all in your head.” @Bell_LetsTalk
Each of us may have different levels of understanding when it comes to #mentalhealth. Mental health is neutral. It’s not bad or good. It’s not necessarily positive or negative. It just is. #BellLetsTalk
A tooth ache will put you in the dentist’s chair. The flu is a reason to see the doctor. There’s no shame. Seeking help for #mentalhealth support must also be a safe experience. There's simply no other choice when your mental health is cast in shadow. #BellLetsTalk #EndTheStigma
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CW: suicide

Tomorrow is #BellLetsTalk Day, but I've got a bit of time so I'm going to share my story now.

Last week, a colleague phoned 911 because I disclosed that I was struggling with suicidal ideation. This is not a safe or helpful action for marginalized folks in crisis.
After I posted on Facebook about what had happened, a friend reached out and asked what you *should* do if you know someone in crisis, if not phone 911?

So let's break this down a bit.
What happened to me last week highlighted the fact that there's a mismatch between how people living on the margins of society experience civil authorities, versus how people living more normative lives experience them.
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Riuh pula pasal BTS dalam Twitterjaya sejak akhir-akhir ini.

Sebuah kumpulan K-Pop yang disukai ramai remaja, juga ramai yang tak suka.

Aku?

Lebih tertarik dengan isu di sebalik BTS, apa yang mereka buat untuk raise awareness pasal Mental Health kat Korea.

Ini ialah thread.
Disclaimer:

Aku bukan peminat K-Pop dan aku tak minat K-Drama sebab banyak sangat cinta.

Tapi thread kali ini, aku nak jadi objektif dan lebih fokus pada usaha BTS dalam kesedaran kesihatan mental yang patut ramai ambil contoh.

Bukan sekadar tolak sebab "Alaaa.. K-Pop..."
Sebelum ini pernah kecoh seorang penyanyi nama Kim Jong-hyun yang suicide sebab Depression.

Walaupun dia kaya, berjaya dan terkenal, ini bukti yang penyakit mental ini attack tanpa kira sesiapa.

It's an illness, and like any kind of illness, it needs treatment and support.
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As a lot of you know, I struggle with bipolar disorder. This time last year, some of y'all might remember me deleting my Twitter account for a few weeks. I was in a dark place and wasn't sure I was going to make it. #BellLetsTalk
The support from a lot of you was a big reason I was able to persevere and get through. The struggle to get through even basic functions of the day was crippling and made going to the rink every day a serious challenge. #BellLetsTalk
Mental health issues have always carried a particular stigma and it's long past time that ends. We're all in this together and the sooner we can talk about it and accept the reality of what is and isn't, the better off we'll be. #BellLetsTalk
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i think i end up saying some permutation of this every year, but

if you truly want to be an ally to those struggling with mental health concerns, you should talk too.

and notice the ways in which you talk about mental illness.

#BellLetsTalk
i hate that #BellLetsTalk becomes a, "hey folks who are already hurting, please expose your hurt or you will suffer f o r e v e r" thing

is it good to reach out to someone if you need help? YES absolutely.

here are some things i'd like to share with folks who want to be allies:
-stop assuming evil people are crazy, and stop calling people crazy because they've done something evil.

this is a big one.

maybe the evil person really does have mental health issues. whatever. when that's the first thing you say about evil...we notice.
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