Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Tip#927: Increasing Mental Health Awareness - Bell Let’s Talk Day – 15 Uplifting Movie Quotes for Depression

On January 27, 2016 it was Bell Let’s Talk Day where Bell Canada helped increase mental health awareness and over $6 million from donating 5 cents per call, text, tweet and share. That’s a total of 125,915,295 interactions! Celebrities like William Shatner posted tweets and Ellen DeGeneres tweeted to her 53.2 million followers.

A personal irony and synchronicity for me was that last year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day it was the same day I had an appointment with CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) to get help with SAD (seasonal affective disorder). That’s when I was re-diagnosed with dysthymia also known as persistent depressive disorder. I was in shock for days because I slowly began to realize this diagnosis explained over 15 years of mental pain and suffering I’d endured.

Since then I have documented on this blog the solutions and clinical support that are helping me manage the depression symptoms as I also share my story and movies that helped me in my motivational presentations. On Bell Let’s Talk Day I posted 15 uplifting movie quotes and movie trivia with the thought that someone in pain may read them and feel better in their own struggles.

Here is how my posts and images appeared on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin along with the hashtag for Bell and tags for two mental health organizations I support, Healthy Minds Canada and Art With Impact.

JK Rowling created the Dementors after her experience with #depression #JKRowling
#HarryPotter #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

#InsideOut is the greatest all ages movie about #depression
#BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact #Disney #Pixar 

“I need to believe that something extraordinary is possible.” 
#ABeautifulMindmovie #BellLetsTalk #mentalhealth @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. 
How much you can take and keep moving forward.” 
#RockyBalboa #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“I’m happy to report & you’ll be happy to hear, I’m taking life one game at a time.”
#WreckItRalph #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“You always fear what you don’t understand.” 
#BatmanBegins #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“Above all, don’t lose hope.” 
#LifeofPiMovie #BellLetsTalk Day #mentalhealth @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“You treat a disease, you win you lose. You treat a person I'll guarantee you'll win.” 
#PatchAdams #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” #ShawshankRedemption #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise.” #CastAway #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“I call myself a Peaceful Warrior because the battles we fight are on the inside.” 
#PeacefulWarrior #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“Don’t hide. Live. Follow the sun, you’ll make it to tomorrow.” 
#TheCroods #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“Promise me you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless.” 
#Titanic #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“Every human being has a basic instinct: to help each other out.” 
 #TheMartian #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“You're not a bad person. You're a very good person who bad things have happened to.” 
#HarryPotter #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

Many of these posts got retweeted and the three that got the most retweets were the quotes from Harry Potter, The Croods and Patch Adams. The Patch Adam quote also received enthusiastic comments and I wonder if it's because it also touched on the memory of Robin Williams who lost his life due to mental illness.

If you or someone you know is dealing with mental illness please remember that no one is alone in their struggle. It may feel utterly hopeless and that’s where social support is important the most. There is help right now if you are open to reaching out and receiving it!

Related Tips:
Tip#855: How Movies Saved My Life, Part 1 - Depression & Mental Health - Tomorrowland 
Tip#863: How Movies Saved My Life, Part 2 - Depression & Mental Health - Inside Out
Tip#900: Resilience in the Workplace - Depression & Mental Health – HRPA Toronto – The Martian 
Tip#811: Resilience Resources, Part 4 – Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression, Winter Blues & Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) 

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great blog! 2 other fave Robin Williams movies re depression/mental illness are What Dreams May Come and Life as a House, ironically, both are about actions he takes to save a loved one from despair..

Day Merrill