In Their Own Words (Wednesday, January 30th at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV 2) is the story of seven Canadians sharing their journey with mental illness, whether that comes in the form of struggle, recovery or support. The focus of this year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day special is on areas where stigma is still prominent including among men, in sport, the black community, and among women with postpartum depression.
One of those stories follows David Henry, a truck driver for more than 30 years who lives with depression and PTSD as a result of several bad accidents and daily isolation. Now, he speaks to other truck drivers across Canada about his experience with mental illness. Asante Haughton suffered from social anxiety and severe depression when he was 14 years old and his Jamaican roots made it more difficult to open up about his diagnosis. He’s sharing his story to try and break the barriers that keep young men from seeking help. Jennifer Green shares her experience with postpartum depression in the hopes of helping other struggling mothers.
In Their Own Words, hosted by our very own Anne Marie Mediwake, will highlight those stories and more. The special will be simulcast on Twitter, CTV.ca, and the CTV app as part of the three-hour Bell Let’s Talk Live interactive special, which will stream around the world from 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET. It will feature interviews with medical experts, political leaders, celebrities, and other notable guests.
It’s time we started talking openly about our mental health. Join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 30, and help end the stigma around mental illness. For every text message (not iMessage) sent and mobile or long-distance call made by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers, Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental health initiatives. The same goes for anyone sending a tweet using #BellLetsTalk, watching the Bell Let’s Talk Day video on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat, or using the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. But talking about it is just the first step: Visit letstalk.bell.ca for more ways you can effect change and build awareness around mental health.