Published: Thu, January 26, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Break the silence about mental health on Bell Let's Talk Day

Break the silence about mental health on Bell Let's Talk Day

Student Kyle McVittie says as part of Bell Let's Talk Day, there will be a number of events at the school throughout the day highlighting mental health.

There are four pillars to the program: the Let's Talk campaign to combat the stigma of mental health issues; research funding; funding better access to care; and leading by example with their own workplace mental health initiatives. "When we compare other G7 countries, Canada is last in its mental health spending", Claude Anderson, executive director of CMHA Grey Bruce, said in an interview Wednesday while at Heritage Place Mall in Owen Sound for Bell Let's Talk Day.

In 2016, Bell Let's Talk Day set a new record, raising $6,295,764.75 through 125.9 million messages of support.

The cards are an initiative by UnderstandUs, a Regina-based mental health initiative that target's youth in the area.

In Canada, Bell pledged to donate five cents toward mental health initiatives for every text and call by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers, as well as every Facebook video view and tweet that uses the hashtag #BellLetsTalk.

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Last year, there were almost 126 million interactions, raising a $6.3 million-donation from Bell for mental health initiatives.

"Illnesses that may not prevent somebody from total function in society but may lead to more serious illnesses if they don't receive treatment", he said. "Providing initial help and guiding a person toward appropriate professional resources is just as important for our mental health as for our physical well-being".

The Eastman Safety Training Centre will run as many workshops as they can until the funding runs out.

They also renewed funding for a chair in mental health and anti-stigma research at Queen's University - the only one of its kind in the world. "Outrun the Stigma promotes student leadership in addressing the issue of stigma and aims to create an environment for the sharing of mental health stories", says Amy Li, co-founder of Outrun the Stigma.

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