What’s #BellLetsTalk? Athletes, celebs show support for mental health awareness

Alicia Farmer
February 1, 2019

Today is a flagship day for employee mental health - Bell Let's Talk.

"The stigma around mental illness is absolutely declining and Bell Let's Talk day and other mental health champions, as well as, have had an impact on that, for sure", Stevenson said.

Nationally recognized, on January 30 of every year, Bell Canada will donate towards Canadian mental health initiatives by contributing five cents for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, as stated on their website.

All you need to do is watch it and Bell will donate 5¢ to mental health initiatives.

Heather Stuart is one of Canada's most renowned experts on stigma and how it relates to mental health.

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Bell Media has identified four key areas for their funding - improving access to mental health services, supporting research, improving workplace mental health, and fighting stigmas related to mental illness - and provide monies to various organizations and programs across the country in the form of major gifts and community grants. Also, the stigma attached to mental health conditions is so pervasive that people who suspect that they might have a mental health condition are unwilling to seek help for fear of what others may think.

How will you support your employees' mental health today?

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.

"It's done a tremendous thing to reduce the stigma of mental illness and normalize it", said the CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent on Wednesday, during the latest Bell Let's Talk day.

She added at the college they are continuously trying to engage in conversation about mental health with students on how to be more resilient with the struggles they may face and to give them that support they need. The Bell Let's Talk website has a lot useful resources. One important aspect is ensuring that leaders are properly trained and equipped to both recognize their own mental health and to have the tools necessary to support employees.

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