Let’s Talk Psychiatry
When Bell launched its annual Let’s Talk Day seven years ago, it was a bold public gesture: get people talking and texting about their experiences with mental health and put an end to the stigma one conversation at a time.
As I think about the significance of this day, I marvel at how far those conversations have advanced from where they stood when I first began my career as a psychiatrist. Today, in high schools and postsecondary campuses, in workplaces and around kitchen tables, people are no longer suffering in silence. And these conversations aren’t whispered, but spoken loudly, clearly and out in the open. That’s thanks to brave individuals discussing their struggles, but it’s also due to the work done by academic psychiatrists to better understand and treat mental illness and the associated challenges.
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions