January 28, 2015 was Bell Let’s Talk Day in Canada. It’s an initiative by a major company to get more people talking about mental health. The intention is to reduce stigma and raise awareness. Bell donated five cents towards mental health programs for every social media share, text, tweet, or call made on that day. It’s growing every year and over $6,000,000 was raised in 2015 from this. Programs like Bell Let’s Talk Day are helping Canadians to become more accepting of mental illness and also reduce the labeling of persons diagnosed with such.
You are here
At this time of year people are already starting to think of New Year’s resolutions. Have you?
I am fortunate to be mentally stable and manage my bipolar disorder well. That being said I sometimes have a tendency to not always have a positive mindset throughout my day. At times negative things that people say or do bother me and I’m not able to let go of them quickly.
For a number of years I worked in the financial industry and HAD to closely follow the news to be well-informed. Near the end of that time I started taking various self-improvement courses and started having different sessions with various non-traditional medical professionals. The topic of negative input going into my mind came up consistently. News was always one of the major culprits being near or at the top of the list. In one of the courses we were asked to not follow the news for 30 days...to go on a “news fast”. When I first heard that I thought doing so would
Like many or most of you, I have ideas popping into my head all the time. They range from simple things like sending a text or email to someone to just say hi, all the way to new businesses that I’d love to start up. I also have projects at home that I start with gusto...some of them get completed and some of them don’t.
My name is Scott Walker. I'm 39 and live in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. I was labelled as being bipolar (diagnosed) on January 1, 2000 in Auckland, New Zealand. A rather interesting way to bring in the new millenium! I had three hospital stays between 2000 and 2007 for manic episodes. As with most persons with bipolar, I've been on many different medications and met with a multitude of medical professionals during my journey to wellness.