Bell Let's Talk about supporting mental health initiatives 365 days a year!
Today is a rad day for ending the silence, but for mental health advocates - Bell Let's Talk happens every single day. So read on to find out about some other great charities and projects that you can support throughout the year:
N.A.M.I. is one of the biggest organizations in the United States that supports mental helath endevors and is even still at grassroots levels, meaning they aren't a massive capitalist organization, but someone who actually gets it! Not only do they accept charitable donations, but they also, educate to ensure support, advocate for public policy in the United States, listen through their toll-free helpline (1-800-950-6264), and they lead through mental health awareness weeks that help fight the stigma.
Jack.org is the only national network of young leaders that all agree upon ending the stigma surrounding mental health. Jack.org began when Jack Windeler dies by suicide and no one knew that he was feeling that way. His parents then began Jack.org which focuses on the "5 in 5" that have mental health and they do this through their yearly summit of young adults, their Jack Ride, their Jack Chapters, and their Jack Talks program.
The CMHA began in 1918, and has since grown to service more than 100,000 Canadians through 10,000 volunteers! they have grown to have branches all over Canada with a mission of providing access and resources to individuals to maintain and improve mental health by community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.
Project 375 began in 2011 when Brandon Marshall was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and was also a Professional Football Player in the National Football League. Their mentality is that mental illness is all around us and everyone needs to be changing the conversation so that we can educate more and create stigma less.
BSES came about from an idea of two Acadia University Students noticed that there was a growing need for mental health support and awareness on campus. It has since grown to be at multiple Universities and High Schools in Nova Scotia with the focus of ending the stigma by sharing first-voice stories and normalizing mental health conversations.
Project UROK started when comedy writer Jenny Jaffe wanted to combat the isolation and stigmatization surrounding mental illness. The goal is to create funny, meaningful videos for teenagers struggling mental health issues, made by people who have been there before. They also encourage others to make their own videos in hopes to create an online community of individuals that can support each other.
Listen tells the story of nearly every high school student and their struggle of hiding their pain, where friend's ignore cries for help, and adults are too overwhelmed to listen. The movie and idea of "It only takes a moment" is a response to a crisis that teens are facing and a wake up call to face the reality that if we're not part of the solution, we are all responsible for the next tragedy.
JED began in 1998 when JED died by suicide and his parents noticed there was no model of preventing suicide on campuses. This then began the idea of creating a blueprint for campuses to help with prevention, but also education and resources. Their mission is simple: protect emotional health and prevent suicide in teens and young adults.
TWLOHA started with their founder Jamie Tworkowski wanting to share a friends story and help her. He spent 5 days with his friend before she entered a treatment center for addiction, depression, self injury, and suicidal thoughts. He helped her cost of treatment by selling shirts and posting her story on MySpace, which today has created To Write Love On Her Arms.
The Buddy Project creates this partnership among individuals to prevent suicide and self-harm by pairing people as buddies and raising awareness for mental health. The project focus on individuals who range from children to young adults across the globe and provide positivity to help end the stigma, mostly by starting of young they can teach kids to promote empathy, compassion and awareness of mental health issues.
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Defecit/Hyperactive Disorder) is a group that works towards integrity, respect, and understanding of individuals living with Attention-Defecit/Hyperactive Disorder all while trying to improve the lives of those affected by ADHD. It began in 1987 in a response to the frustration and sense of isolation expereinced by parents and their children due to their being very little information and support around ADHD.
Loveisrespect is a national group that engages, educates, and empowers young individuals to prevent and end abusive relationships. Through their organization individuals are able to seek help online or by texting loveis (22522) or by calling their hotline (1-866-331-9474). The strive for a safe and inclusive space for individuals to access information and get help in an environment that is specifically designed for them.
The National Eating Disorder Association is a group that supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. They are able to do this through family support, education, and a helpline (1-800-931-2237).
NSD began when dogs were placed with individuals and children living with autism and has since graduated 350 service dogs to help individuals living with not only autism, but also Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They do this by helping fill shoes that are too big today, but give people room to grow with help from a canine friend!
The SSC began in 1979 and currently has 10 provincial societies in which they raise awareness and educate the public to reduce stigma and discrimination, support families and individuals, advocate for legislative changes and improved schizophrenia treatment and mental health services, as well as support research through donations and other independent efforts.
Project Semi-Colon started in 2013 by Amy Bleuel with the idea that your story is not over, it could have ended, but you can continue... much like a semi-colon does with a sentence; you could end it, but you continued. It began when Amy wanted to honor her father after he had died by suicide and through this it has turned into an organization that serves as an inspiration through their logo with the hopes of living in a world that openly addresses the struggle with mental illness, suicide, and addiction through stories, community, and support.
Adam "The Shipping Wizard" Horan