While Bell’s #BellLetsTalk campaign may be seen by some as a marketing ploy, there is no argument that mental health is still stigmatized by society. Whether Bell’s intentions are true or not, the campaigns does spread awareness about the silence that surrounds mental health. Today, with every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, the organization will donate 5¢ towards mental health initiatives that provide support, conduct research, and raise awareness.
As January comes to an end, I’m sure you’re all busy studying for upcoming midterms and assignments. However, as important your GPA and grades are, your mental and physical health comes first. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a friend, roommate, your parents, a trusted professor/TA, or the various support services Western offers if you’re struggling and need help.
Various campus and community resources include:
The Student Development Centre (SDC)
- Provides individual counselling, crisis counselling, and group sessions on issues including stress and anxiety
- Can be reached at 519-661-3031
- Located in WSS Room 4100
- Website: http://www.sdc.uwo.ca
Student Health Services
- Provides multidisciplinary counselling services, psychiatry and physician counselling, and medication consultations
- Can be reached at 519-662-3030
- Located in UCC Room 11 (lower level)
- Website: http://uwo.ca/health/services/students/shs/index.html
Peer Support Centre
- Provides non-professional support by fostering openness and understanding in a safe environment
- Students can express their feelings and access resources provided by Western, the London community and the USC
- Located in UCC Room 256
- Website: http://westernusc.ca/peersupport
- 24 hours/7 days a week/365 days a year
- Free, confidential, and anonymous helpline providing professional counselling, information, and referrals for mental health, addictions, and well-being for post-secondary students in Ontario.
- Can be reached at 1-866-925-5454
- Website: http://www.good2talk.ca
- Provides counselling services for students currently living in residence
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Connect For Mental Health
- Peer support organization in London run by and for individuals who’ve been affected by mental illness
- Provides support, education, and outreach
- Website: http://connectformh.ca
Other resources on campus and throughout the London community can be located at http://uwo.ca/health/mental_wellbeing/resources.html. Please look into the various support systems and put yourself first.
Anxiety isn’t just over stressing, neither is depression just sadness. There’s a difference between an emotional state and a mental illness. Like any other illness, to get better it requires the individual to come out, talk about it and have it dealt with. We can’t let stigma shut the voices of those who struggle silently, so let’s end it. Mental illness is not just a 1-day event, but an ongoing issue.