January 29th is Bell Lets Talk Day

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January 29th marks the annual #BellLetsTalk Day – an initiative started in 2010 to encourage dialogues around mental health and wellness. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat filter (https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/). While we recognize the good that this day can bring, we must also ensure that we work to keep the conversations and action happening year-round. Let today be a day that inspires momentum. 

Many of our Métis Youth are facing mental health concerns. Findings from the McCreary Centre Society’s 2013 report (Ta Saantii: A profile of Métis Youth Health in BC) show that 35% of Métis Youth reported having at least one mental health condition – with depression, anxiety disorder, and ADHD as the most common conditions. 

Today and everyday, we thank and acknowledge everyone who works to share in the conversations around mental health. Thank you to everyone who shares their stories freely and openly. We recognize the resilience of those impacted by mental health struggles - thank you for continuing on even in the times where it may feel like you can't; thank you for your strength; thank you for being here. Thank you to the people who provide support not only when times are good, but when times are hard; thank you for listening without judgement; thank you to the friends and family who rally around loved ones. 

Remember, mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness and its symptoms; whether or not you live with a mental illness, our mental health is something we all need to look after. Remembering mental health as an essential component of everyone’s life and creating a space where the cultivation of wellness is the norm makes life better for us all. Be kind to yourself, and pursue what makes you well. 

To learn more about the work that MNBC is doing in mental health, please contact jjones@mnbc.ca. And be sure to keep your eyes open for the upcoming first issue of the Métis Mental Health and Wellness Magazine.