Bell Let’s Talk Day

SensChirp January 28, 2014 30
Bell Let’s Talk Day

If you’ve been on Twitter today, you’ve likely noticed the #BellLetsTalk hashtag on just about every tweet you’ve read.

That’s because today is Bell Let’s Talk Day. It’s an initiative that is helping to break down the stigma associated with mental health issues. Bell is donating 5 cents for every text message sent, mobile and long distance call made, Facebook share of their Bell Let’s talk image and tweet using the #BellLetsTalk hashtag.

I encourage all of you to get involved in any way that you can and help to spread the message on this extremely important initiative. Someone very close to me lost a loved one far too early. Having seen and felt the pain associated with that type of loss firsthand, I can’t tell you how valuable an initiative like this can be. It seems so simple but a conversation really can save a life. So talk. And just as importantly, listen.

Here in Ottawa, we’re all familiar with the Do It For Daron initiative, created to honour the life of Daron Richardson, daughter of Binghamton Senators Head Coach Luke Richardson. Last night, their story was featured in a powerful segment called Purple Hearts.

Another great example of an initiative that is helping to break down the barriers associated with Mental Health. You can view their story below and to find out more about Bell Let’s Talk and how you can get involved, head here. Game Day post in a little bit.

  • Dirtysweetness

    I can’t stress how important this initiative is. Last week we lost one of our students to suicide and more and more of these are happening every year. #BellLetsTalk

  • boom

    Good for you Chirp, for getting on board with this initiative. It’s particularly sad that the biggest obstacle for people suffering through mental issues is the stigma attached to it.

    The Richardson family deserves a ton of credit for doing all they can to make sure people know that help is out there if they are brave enough to ask for it.

    Your willingness to embrace and support this should make us all proud to be part of the SensChirp community.

    Thank You.

  • Cicero

    Thank you for promoting this effort, SensChirp!

    As one afflicted with chronic mental illness, I know from experience that the opposite of compassion and health is stigmatization and alienation. It’s bad enough that mental illness creates its own hell of self-destruction — it’s important to NOT reinforce this with social attitudes toward mental illness. This effort to TALK breaks down barriers, which is good news.

    • Richard Gough

      I total agree with you

    • boom

      All the best with your battle, and good on you for having the courage to reach out.

      • Cicero

        Thanks Sens fans :)

  • Tcharger

    Great initiative…I tweeted out to all of my 9 followers! hahaha

  • Hax

    Constantly amazed at what Daron’s friends started with DIFD and of course the bravery of Luke and his family as well. To take such a horrible tragedy and talk about it regularly in order to help other families avoid similar fates … truly incredible.

  • Richard Gough

    Thank you for posting this chirp.it means a lot to me knowing that there is people like your self that are putting the word out about Mental Health I have had family and friend that have lost there battle to mental health.and I am praying we can raise enough money too try fix this sickness.

    I encourage every one who rights on this blog too take a minute and pray for those ones that are suffering from this
    Sickness In hope that they can find help

    Best Regards

  • my2sens

    It is such a powerful video with an even more powerful message.

    In today’s society we are so wrapped up in ourselves and forget the need to communicate with each other, reach out and help. Sometime the simplest of gestures, conversation can make an impact.

    To all those who have lost someone to mental illness, know someone who is suffering, or are themselves, please know, there are many out there with our ears open to listen, hands free to lend a hand, strong shoulders to lean on…

    My thoughts and prayers to everyone out there….

    DIFD – GSG

  • Richard Gough

    Amen too that

  • illdistrict

    so how about that good old hockey game. Columbus is on a tear 8-2-0 in their last 10. Only reason we were competitive against them last game was due to Sergei Bobrovsky being out . They’ll have their hands full.

    • SensChirp

      Game Day post should be up by 12:30 PM. Stay tuned!

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      Looks like Bobrovsky is getting the night off..But then again we cant take them lightly

  • illdistrict

    i personally don’t like Conacher-Zibanejad-Condra, at all… Would love to see Ryan with Zibby.

  • Hax

    No Phillips at the morning skate. Haters rejoice.

    Though based on Wiercioch skating with Ceci it seems like he’s “place holding” for Phillips. If Phillips were indeed out for tonight I’d expect Methot to play with Ceci and Wiercioch and Gryba to play together.

    • SENSsmile

      I don’t think anyone should be “hating” Phillips. He’s a good guy who always brings positive energy around him. He’s been a wonderful player for the Senators, but his better days appear to be behind him. Best case scenario: he might still have something to offer, but he needs to take a few nights off every now and then.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Important day folks, not only for this cause but It seems like Phillips isnt participating in the morning skate..Is this a sign of a bright future for Ottawa?

    • my2sens

      What is interesting about this… we will see how he impacts the team.

      If we win, people will be like, see he is useless. We lose, people will be like, see we need him to provide _______….

      Such a finicky fan base we have.

      • Moudy Mahfouz

        I agree with you 100% our fan base is so bipolar it frustrates me. I have all the respect for Phillips but he is just not cutting it for me this year.

        • my2sens

          Oh, I agree with you, Phillips is not cutting it this year. I would rather see him as an assistant coach helping the youth from there… Will be interesting to see the reactions to this in the game day post.

      • runningbear1974

        I’m not sure it’s a finicky fan base…
        I think some fans think Philips is good… Other fans think he’s bad…
        I don’t think any fan is going back and forth changing their finicky minds…

  • illdistrict

    is Wiercioch-Ceci a concern? If they get caught in a cycle in our D zone they are toast..

    • Hax

      Wiercioch is only skating with Ceci at the morning skate because Phillips will play tonight (with Ceci).

  • Zelle

    I dealt with depression for 7 years before I seeked professional help. I would always tell myself it was my fault and my problem and that if I wasn’t strong enough to handle it then I deserved whatever I got; which was usually in the form of losing my job, friends, fighting with family, or doing badly in school. Six years later and I have a degree, a great job, and an overall good life with family and friends. I’m so happy that people are finally having conversations about this. If people are there to help you, like some were with me, it does get better, you just can’t be ashamed to reach out to someone.

  • runningbear1974

    I’m liking Conacher, Zibanejad and Condra… I predict big things from these guys…

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    TSN TSN TSN!

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  • BeJamin

    So an article I just read suggests Montreal pulls in 68 million a year for their regional broadcast rights…. obviously Ottawa won’t be pulling down as much but hell if we make even 1/4th of that or 1/3rd of that we should be golden in terms of payroll. Good days ahead?