The YWCA Montreal supports the Bell Let’s Talk campaign which takes place on January 25, 2017, and will use the occasion to promote mental health and demystify mental illness and the primary causes of both.
As an organization whose efforts have contributed to the well-being of women for more than 140 years, the YWCA points out that women are proportionally more susceptible to mental health problems due to many factors which contribute to emotional distress, such as poverty, employability, parental responsibilities, domestic or psychological violence, lack of a social network, genetic factors, immigration status or low levels of education.
The factors that contribute to mental health are many but secure housing, access to employment or an apprenticeship program, the help and support of loved ones and the availability of health services are basic elements that promote mental health. Sometimes these factors are not sufficient and mental health can suffer no matter the social status or level of education. In this case, those who are in difficulty must not be ashamed to ask for help by talking to a trusted friend or family member, a health professional, community organization, etc.
As part of the Let’s Talk Bell campaign, a publicity and awareness raising activity will take place at the YWCA Montreal, 1355 René-Lévesque Blvd West, in strategic areas accessed by a diverse population, such as the Centre Multi, the Residence and the Hotel Y Montreal. The public can obtain Information on the stigma of mental illness, popular preconceptions and action that can make a difference, and will have the opportunity to share their ideas of how to help someone suffering from mental illness
Here is a message on mental health by Kharoll-Ann Souffrant, awarded Young Woman of Distinction 2016 by Women’S Y Foundation :
We supports #BellLetsTalk! All Bell and Bell Aliant customers are invited to text for the cause this January 25, 2017. And for everyone, each tweet, Facebook or Instagram post, Bell will give 5¢ towards mental health initiatives.
Don’t forget that if you are in crisis, you should go to your local hospital or call 911.