Shreya Patel

In Shreya’s South-Asian community, mental health issues can be somewhat taboo. Consequently, far too many people hesitate to talk about it. They fear being judged, misunderstood or stigmatized. It is this situation that Shreya wants to change. She believes that the people of her community would better understand the importance of mental health if they were more informed on the subject. From experience, Shreya also believes that talking about and sharing what you’re going through is a powerful healing tool.

In the past, Shreya worked in a negative environment. She maintained her mental stability by dedicating herself to activities outside of work that she found personally stimulating. However, the daily tension finally got the better of her, to the point that she no longer took pleasure in any of her pastimes. Shreya was unable to identify her debilitating symptoms as anxiety. Ready to do anything to feel better, she decided to shed her community’s taboo and talk about it. She would make her mental health a priority. Thanks to the support of her parents, Shreya became herself again. She called on her inner strength and started to show more compassion toward herself. Today, she continues to share her story in an effort to show others both in and outside her community that they are not alone and that they should always maintain hope.

Bell Let's Talk Day

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, the entire nation spoke up. Your actions resulted in Bell committing more money to mental health and helped Canada become one step closer towards being a country that’s stigma-free.

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The Bell Let's Talk Community Fund

The Bell Let's Talk Community Fund is focused on improving access to supports and services for people living with mental illness through local projects and grassroots organizations in communities all around Canada.

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