Let’s Talk Mental Health

This upcoming Wednesday is Bell Let’s Talk Day. Let’s Talk is an initiative started in 2010, aimed to get people openly conversing about the issue of mental health. With the help of some of Canada’s most popular personalities, this program tries to decrease the stigma attached to mental illness and promote awareness. Furthermore, they wish to improve access to care, making support services available to those who need the help. They also aim to help aid research, looking for new pathways that will help people who suffer from a range of illnesses.

In honor of keeping the conversation going, why not check out the following books about people with mental health related issues:

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

 Furiously happy : a funny book about horrible things1. My lovely wife in the psych ward / Mark Lukach

This memoir is a honest and moving look at the author’s marriage that becomes redefined by his wife’s struggle with mental illness.

2. Furiously happy : a funny book about horrible things / Jenny Lawson 

In this hilarious memoir about dealing with depression, Lawson advocates for embracing life, rather than merely surviving it.


Open Heart, Open Mind

3. Open heart, open mind / Clara Hughes

Clara Hughes, the popular speed skater was one of the first celebrities to get involved in Bell Let’s Talk initiative. In this engaging autobiography, Clara opens up about her own personal struggle with depression.