"But we also want to see it translate into action where if people need help and assistance that there are resources out there". "Thank you everyone for embracing those who struggle with mental illness, for helping to change attitudes and fight the stigma, and for helping drive Bell's donations to mental health by making your voice heard", says Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk, in a news release.
Deputy Premier, Minister of Health and Long-term Care, and Newmarket-Aurora MPP Christine Elliott said in a statement, "On Bell Let's Talk Day, we are reminded that we must take mental health as seriously as any health issue, because mental health is health". They're so much more than that.
Today is a flagship day for employee mental health - Bell Let's Talk.
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. The intent behind these events is to encourage workers and employers to speak up about mental health issues and to educate them that there are tools available to help.
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How will you support your employees' mental health today?
Wednesday marked the ninth annual "Bell Let's Talk" day, an occasion when millions of people - including celebrities and professional athletes - use social media to share awareness about mental health.
The initiative by Bell Canada donates five cents for every interaction with the hashtag, view of their videos on social media, and mention in text conversations to mental health services and support programs. The Bell Let's Talk website has a lot useful resources.
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Officials say statistics show one in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime.
For every text message, mobile and long distance call, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, use of the Bell Let's Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will donate 5¢ to Canadian mental health initiatives.
She said it's important for police to respond to mental health situations with a unique approach, and depending on the situation, an approach that doesn't make those in trouble feel threatened.
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