“Cause you’re only given a little spark of madness, and if you lose that, you’re nothing.” – Robin Williams
In my previous life at Bell Canada, I came pretty involved with Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign which was focused upon removing the negative stigma associated with mental illness. As I learned more about the disease, I became more sensitive to the issue and the realization that it impacts the vast majority of us. Yet, no one ever talks about it.
At this very moment, some 3 million Canadians are suffering from depression.
Two-thirds of homeless people using urban shelters suffer from some form of mental illness.
Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
Every day, 500,000 Canadians miss work due to a form of mental illness.
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year-olds and 16% among 25-44 year-olds.
With the news of Robin Williams passing, it just reminded me again that we should never stop talking about this disease, because it is one and there’s nothing wrong with talking about it. The more we talk, the more we interact with each other on this topic, the more chances we have to help 1 in 5 of us who will face some form of depression in our lives. It’s the silent majority that is hurting the most.
So do me a favor. Ask your fellow colleague, friend, family member how they are doing tonight? If you have suffered from some form of depression, please do share your story in the comments. We would love to listen and care.
And here’s Umair Haque’s contribution in such a simple manner.