Every year, Bell launches "Let's Talk" -- a special day to raise awareness for mental health and to beat the stigma surrounding it.
I'm writing this post as a tribute to my soulmate Trent Gardner, who lost his battle of depression on June 11, 2016 to suicide. He'd been suffering for many years and hid it from myself and others. Sadly, when he chose to end his life, something inside ME died too. My heart is forever broken with the loss of him, but his musical legacy and beautiful, loving presence will be with me till the end of time.
Mental illness affects 1 in 5 people in Canada. That number includes 3 million people over the age of 18 with a mood or anxiety disorder. Some people suffer in silence. We really need to end this stigma and come into the light with this issue. You are not alone, and there IS support for you!
In America, the stats are similar. It is also 1 in 5 adults that suffer from mental illness -- but a much broader population -- 43.8 million. It's staggering,really, but it is real. https://www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-by-the-numbers
If you or a loved one is suffering, please seek help. Do not suffer in silence. There are many trained and compassionate medical practitioners or counselors ready to help you in this fight.
I want you to know that I understand the pain you are going through. Losing Trent to suicide was a horrific nightmare for me. I only wish he'd sought help and got a counselor and medication. Now I must walk this earth without my best friend and soulmate. It hurts like hell.
PLEASE -- SEEK THE HELP THAT YOU NEED. In Canada, you can phone Crisis Services Canada at: 1-833-456-4566. Someone is available to talk to you 24/7.
In USA -- Suicide Hotline will take your call. 1-800-784-2433
Please take care of yourself!!
Believing in you always,