The Canadian Mental Health Association of the Kootenays says we need to break down the stigma around mental health.
Executive Director Carey Fraser is speaking after this weeks Bell Let’s Talk Day, a campaign to encourage discussion around mental health
Fraser says events like this increase awareness of the issue.
“Mental health becomes a big scary issue when we hide it, when its a secret, when we envelop it in shame,” Fraser says. “There’s nothing to be ashamed of, there’s nothing to be afraid of and if we talk about it, we can help each other.”
Fraser adds its also a great funding source.
“We have that opportunity to apply for that money that’s been raised with Bell Let’s Talk,” Fraser says. “We’ve applied for suicide awareness, for our crisis line funding, so that money raised helps East Kootenay residents’ everyday life.”
Bell Lets Talk Day raised nearly $7 million and she plans to apply for thousands of dollars for suicide prevention work and to expand their crisis line.
– Canadian Mental Health Association of the East Kootenay Executive Director, Carey Fraser