So, today I wanted to use this time set hockey aside. We all love our teams. We all love our rivalries, but there are times in life that remind us why life precedes the greatest sport in the world. This is one of them.
Today was the start of the annual #BellLetsTalk campaign, an initiative by the Canadian telephone company Bell that strives to end the stigma against mental illnesses. Now, getting a little personal I’m not going to write every thing I feel about the initiative and mental health altogether because I’d already written it last year in my personal blog, although I will say that I along with others do have friends who deal with the hardships of certain mental diseases like depression and anxiety. Last year, I wrote about the #BellLetsTalk campaign to raise awareness and inform others who were totally clueless about the campaign.
I’m sure we’ve all been affected one way or another, whether we’re dealing with these things ourselves or helping others cope and overcome such hardships. Sometimes we try and succeed. Sometimes, we fail. However, it is important that no matter what, at the very least, we have at least done something to raise awareness for an issue that really isn’t brought into the limelight nearly as much as it should. Every time I hear about someone who committed suicide, it hurts. Every time I know someone I love dearly who’s hurting, that hurts even more. It’s obviously something that should be taken very seriously, and I hope the awareness is only going to spread. I also hope the money goes to where they belong so that there can be a much better and more timely diagnosis for these mental illnesses.
The most important thing to remember, and I emphasize this a lot in that article, is that if you know anyone who suffers from depression, anxiety, or anything else, talk to them and try to help them as much as possible and reassure them that you’re always going to be there for them. Have an open mind and heart. Also, if you personally have been or are affected by one or more mental illnesses, talk to someone. Don’t be afraid. There’s always someone out there who really does care. Share your story and I’m sure you’ll have an impact on someone else’s life.
There’s a time when the score matters between two hockey teams, but today the only score that matters is the one between our hockey community and mental illnesses.