February 3rd, 2021 ~ Vol. 91 No. 5
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#BellLetsTalk
Simply Selles by David Selles
 
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
On Thursday, January 28th, Bell held their annual #BellLetsTalk day.

It’s a day dedicated to encouraging everyone to speak out about their mental health and it also works to help end the negative stigmas surrounding mental health.

It’s a day where the negativity on social media seems to disappear and messages of comfort and positivity dominate Facebook and Twitter feeds.

The way the day works is that anytime someone uses the hash tag #BellLetsTalk on Twitter or TikTok, uses the Facebook Frame on their profile picture, watches a specific video discussing mental health, uses the Snapchat filter or anytime a Bell customer sends a text or has a local or long distance phone call, Bell donates five cents to mental health initiatives across the country.
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This year saw record-breaking numbers across the board.

There were 159,173,435 messages of support over the course of the day, which raised $7,958,671.75 in new mental health funding.

There are a number of people I know who have personally struggled with depression or mental health challenges so it’s amazing to see so much effort around the goal of ending the negative views on mental health.

This past year saw many people face many different struggles.

Maybe they lost their job to the pandemic or couldn’t see family members they normally would see on a regular basis.

There are so many different factors that play into a person’s mental health.

It’s incredibly important to stop and think about how your actions may impact people you interact with.
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There were countless stories told on #BellLetsTalk day about how the simplest of actions like holding a door with a smile, saying hello, or just being kind to others positively impacted so many people.

We can be so quick to jump to judgment or even hatred when we find that someone has a different viewpoint on life than we do.

Just because someone’s view on politics or even the possibility of local mines coming to fruition doesn’t mean they are any less of a person than you are.

Speak with love, act humbly, show kindness, spend some time listening and you may just save a life.
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