The annual Bell Let's Talk Day, a campaign fronted by communications giant Bell Media to promote awareness and understanding and reduce the stigma around mental health issues is today (Jan. 30), but behind the scenes it's more than just a one-day campaign.
Tim Hortons donated coffee and muffins, Youth Wellness Hub Ontario donated prizes and Bell provided swag for the event. Total funding now stands at $100,695,763.75. She recently met with Canadians sto discuss their own experiences with mental health and now she's sharing their incredible stories.
It is an initiative started by Bell, CTV Northern Ontario's parent company, September 2010 and began as a new conversation about Canada's mental health with a goal to help end stigma.
It was a first, for the Community Addiction and Mental Health Services facility on McConnell Avenue in Cornwall.
Paige Hutchinson, from the Student Success Centre, hands a toque to Kristy Marshall, along with fellow education students Stephanie Nicholl and Aaron Jang, as they stopped to write messages of encouragement Wednesday as part of Bell Lets Talk Day at the University of Lethbridge.
Sault Area Hospital Foundation is pleased to receive a $10,000 grant from the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund to support the Safewards Program at Sault Area Hospital.
"I encourage everyone to help break down barriers and talk about mental health".
"The majority are people who have experienced some kind of mental illness, particularly depression or anxiety for a long time but haven't sought help", he said.
For every text message (not iMessage) sent and mobile or long-distance call made by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers, Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental health initiatives.
"Be prepared to engaged with people when we may see signs of a person having mental health struggles and not to be afraid of this sort of thing".
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) recognizes that one in five Canadians will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lives.