Bell Let’s Talk Day – “If we take care of our mental health like our dental health, we’ll be okay”

Howie Mandel is a mental health advocate who is very open about his struggle with mental illness, but the Canadian comedian, actor, and host wasn’t always comfortable sharing his stories about his battle with OCD.

The game changer for Mandel came when his private struggle was broadcast during a candid moment on a live radio show, and the public support Mandel received assured him he wasn’t alone in his challenges. You can hear his powerful story in the clip, above.

A trip to a counselor or psychiatrist to care for your mental health is as important as seeing your dentist or your doctor to care for your physical health.

One in five people in Canada will experience a mental health issue or illness in any given year. Stigma surrounding mental health is the number one reason two-thirds of those living with a mental illness don’t seek help. We must do better.

Do your part to end the stigma around mental health.

Talk about it, be kind, and be a safe place to allow others to be open about their struggles.

You can help raise funds just by using your phone on Jan. 29.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of their  Facebook frame or Snapchat filter.