Keela Client Spotlight: Atlantic Wellness

Samantha Lego • Jan 29, 2020

Did you know, one in five Canadians will develop a mental health issue or illness in any given year?

More strikingly, two-thirds of affected people do not seek help. Instead, suffering in silence.  But today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, which focuses on the three A’s for creating a positive social report card for those living with, or affected by, mental illness: Awareness, Acceptance, and Action. 

The annual event is in its 10th year and encourages Canadians to speak up on mental health struggles, speak out against the stigma, and speak to each other about new ideas to give hope to those who suffer. 

For every call, text, tweet, social media video view, or use of Bell’s Snapchat filter and Facebook frame, the telecommunications company will donate 5¢ towards Canadian mental health initiatives, making sure that we get the message loud and clear: Mental Health Matters!

While Bell Let’s Talk Day represents an important, nationally recognized shift in perspective on the mental health discussion, it is by no means a standalone event.

It’s important to have these discussions today. But also tomorrow. And the next day. And every day that follows. 

We’re pretty lucky, here at Keela, to get to work with some amazing, on-the-ground organizations that work to create positive change in our communities. 

One such client is Atlantic Wellness Community Center, a registered Canadian charity that provides free and accessible mental healthcare to those who are at exceptionally significant risk: Our youth. 

In Canada, suicide accounts for 11% of deaths for those aged between 10-14 and 23% for those between the ages of 15-19.

If you are in need of help, please go to your local hospital, call emergency services, or contact the Crisis Center in your area

Servicing the Southeastern New Brunswick area, the team at Atlantic Wellness has provided free mental health support services to more than 1,100 youth and young adults aged 12 to 21 since 2012. 

Comprised of therapists, service navigators, advocates, and change-makers, Atlantic Wellness firmly believes it’s the shared responsibility of Canadian families, schools, communities, and all levels of government to ensure youth have access to resources that promote optimal mental health and well-being. 

Their campaign shows that 25% of youth living with mental health issues are #MoreThan their illness. 

As a past recipient of Bell funding, Atlantic Wellness is a participant and avid supporter of Bell Let’s Talk Day. Although the team encourages people to remember that we need to keep the dialogue going throughout the year in order to truly end the stigma and enforce action.

Staunchly believing prevention and early intervention are key when it comes to mental health, the Center believes the earlier we address our mental health, the more we can prevent long term mental health issues. 

Their focus lies in community education in addition to the clinical services offered. They offer one-on-one therapy, support groups, parent coaching, service navigation, community presentations and workshops, outreach therapy as well as have a same-day mental health clinic available for those who need it the most. 

When it comes to mental health, every action you take is important. Whether it’s reaching out to loved ones and asking if they’re OK, or changing the terminology you use to lessen the impact stigmatizing words can have, it all drives positive change and reinforces the good that initiatives like Bell Let’s Talk Day and Atlantic Wellness promote. 

Let’s keep the conversation going, and together, we can end the stigma on mental health. 

If you’d like to get involved in supporting Atlantic Wellness build connected, resilient youth, you can donate here