I missed Bell Let’s Talk Day, where people in Canada have mental health conversations across the course of 24 hours.
On a mental health blog, it would have been a fantastic opportunity to highlight this day and everything it stands for.
I’m on the fence a little. I really appreciate this day and what it means for the world to socially accept mental health, but why is it just one day?
There’s a movie, that I admittedly haven’t seen yet, called “The Purge” – the premise of this movie is that for one day, and one day only, there are no laws, and therefore no crime is punishable.
For the rest of the year, crime rates go down, because people just save their “crazies” for the day where they can get away with anything.
Now I haven’t seen the movie because I had nightmares from the trailer, not because the movie looks scary, but because I gave myself visuals.
Someone could spend 364 days plotting the worst of all evils, and let loose on that one day. Seriously, all those what-ifs gave me at least six days of sleepless nights and bad dreams.
Let’s Talk about Bell and Mental Health Conversations
I like that people can have courage to talk openly that one day of the year. That advertisements and social media is blasted with mental health awareness.
But what about those 364 other days of the year (365 including the leap day of 2020)?
Are people holding back? Are people afraid to speak those other days?
In the movie, “The Purge”, crime rate went down significantly – can this be compared here?
Does mental illness drop significantly – or rather, does mental health increase for the rest of the year? You know, because we’re not talking about it, therefore, we must be ok?
As part of my social anxiety, my paranoia takes over a little and I start thinking about the greater population.
You know those people who don’t understand what it’s like to suffer from mental illness? The people that say ‘it’s all in your head’?
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, are they thinking, “Here are all the crazies again. Give it 24 hours, they’ll be gone by tomorrow”?
When the Conversation Stops
What about all those people who are courageous enough to come forward on ‘Bell Day’ and talk about their illnesses?
What about the day after? Or the week after? How are there lives? Better or worse?
I’d hope better. I’d like to think that their lives would change. They’d have weight lifted from their shoulders, and they can talk more freely.
Their friends and family and coworkers would all be understanding and supportive.
I’d like to think that.
What about those people who wanted to speak up on Let’s Talk Day but didn’t quite find their courage?
Can they speak the next day? The next week? Whenever their courage comes? Or do they have to wait until the next Bell Day?
I’m probably overthinking this – but every time I see “Bell, Let’s Talk” these are all the thoughts I think and it always starts with, “Why is there only one day to talk?”