The statistics are staggering: More than 500,000 Canadians struggle with eating disorders. Scarier yet, they have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness at a whopping 18 to 20 per cent. In fact, 10 per cent of individuals with anorexia nervosa will die within 10 years of the onset of the disorder.
But what exactly is anorexia? Is it physical or mental? How can you help? With so much misinformation out there, we wanted to find out how much people actually knew about this deadly illness, so we hit the streets of Toronto with those three simple questions. Watch the video above to see what they had to say.
It’s time we started talking openly about our mental health. Join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 31, and help end the stigma around mental illness. For every text message sent and mobile or long-distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant 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 Instagram or Facebook, 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.