Let’s talk about mental health

It’s my employer Bell’s, Let’s Talk action day.

For every text, Tweet, Facebook share and long distance call made by Bell customers, the company will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives.

Here’s a link with more information.


And I’m particularly thinking today about the many soldiers who have PTSD and other mental health issues.

Here are some British soldiers singing on behalf of their brethren, one of the best songs of all time.


6 thoughts on “Let’s talk about mental health

  1. Wish they’d placed the Poppy on the entertainers in the proper place – left breast nearest the heart.
    Announcer has it right as of course their PM has. Protocol is all part keeping that Canadian-originated
    imagery for official war dead, the “Fallen”, above cheap commercial uses and amateur ignorant disrespect.
    – A separate issue is the care of those who do come home alive from conflicts but damaged in mind and
    spirit. With events so visible iin the 21st century through media, we do hace a duty to these professionals
    to know what their country is doing for them, and what else is needed.
    – A thought for the immediate families of those who are chosing to end their own lives as a result of donning
    our military uniforms..Nor even “heroic” status as a comfort.
    Kathy – why does the first part of the music sound so familiar?
    The phone company is on to something in issue awareness..

  2. No idea – the opening bars just made me think they were using a long-familiar tune,
    adapted re the repatriation of remains of today’s War Dead. Will try again to place it..
    – Little or no application to the overseas “Fallen” of the 20th century world-scale wars,
    of course.
    Do young people really understand conditions back then and the evolution of the
    Imperial-now-Commonwealth War Graves Commission idea? And what was required of
    people to create those serene park-like central cemeteries, Canadians whose remains
    were actually retrievable interred on every continent but Antarctica?

  3. I think some young people understand. Every school year they do study the World Wars and lessons are given that are age appropriate.
    In terms of the huge numbers of war dead, and what to do with the bodies, it is hard to fathom, especially for children.
    When you look at the thick Books of Remembrance, in Ottawa, it does strike you. And the long rows of crosses where the soldiers are interred, seen on television.

  4. Ontario curriculum online says grade school does our history up to 1914.
    So all they’d get there is what each school does to mark Nov 11th. # 1 being 1918.
    Not until grade 10 does 1914 – today get covered.
    We can’t leave passing on our history to youth entirely to schools. Especially where one’s
    own family was touched by the unfolding events 1914-1918, adults should learn enough at least
    to explain ‘Why the Poppy’ (from 1915 and 1921) and ‘Why the Great Silence’ (from 1919)
    Add ‘Why those identical named gravemarkers here and abroad’ and
    ‘What about the names of the other WW1 Fallen’ and ‘Who in this city was lost to that war’.
    Older schools will even display Great War honour rolls beside the next war’s, as will as some
    churches and businesses.
    Personally I would start with the participation of horses…

  5. eg your image “John Hanley Kidd, Captain, Royal Horse Artillery, WWI, around 1915, on horse Gypsy”
    What on earth was a ‘horse artillery ‘?

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