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Devon Brooks is a wildly successful entrepreneur, co-founding “Blo” Blow Dry bar, and Shea Emry is a star football player in the CFL. They're both mental health advocates that also happen to be very much in love.
This pair know firsthand what it's like to live with mental illness and today, in support of Bell Let's Talk Day
, they stopped by to share their stories.
In the clip above, both Devon and Shea discuss their struggles with mental illness and how they realized they needed help. The couple also reveal how they practice mental wellness on a daily basis and how they plan to teach their children about mental health.
In addition to that, Shea also talked about the Wellmen Project
; a program he launched that aims to empower males to take initiative in their own mental wellness.
It’s time we started talking openly about our mental health. Join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 25, and help end the stigma around mental illness. For every text message sent and mobile or long-distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers, Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental health programs. The same goes for anyone sending a tweet using #BellLetsTalk, posting on Instagram using #BellLetsTalk, watching the Bell Let’s Talk video on Facebook, or sending a Snapchat using the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter. But talking about it is just the first step: Visit letstalk.bell.ca for more ways you can effect change and build awareness around mental health.
Taking the first step in seeking help may be hard, but there are a lot of great organizations ready to help you or someone you love. If you are in crisis, it is advised that you go to your local hospital or call 911 immediately. Here is a list of other resources you can use if you or a loved one is experiencing distress.