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On January 28, 2014, Bell Canada will hold its 4th annual Let’s Talk Campaign, dedicated to mental health awareness.
Bell will donate 5 cents for every text message, mobile call, long distance call (by Bell customers) , tweet using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk and Facebook share of their Let’s Talk image in order to raise money for mental health initiatives in Canada. The idea is to grow the dialogue on mental health.
In addition to the Let’s Talk day on January 28, 2014, Olympian Clara Hughes is participating in a national bicycle tour of 12,000 km beginning in March 2014 and ending on July 1, 2014 in Ottawa, in support of mental health.
Mental illness is a serious matter. It is one of the most widespread health issues in our country. It is also an illness surrounded by a cloud of stigma.
Bell’s Let’s Talk Campaign aims to raise awareness, end stigma and raise funding for mental health initiatives. Bell has created the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund as part of the Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health Initiative. Bell has committed $62 million to their initiative. Through the Community Fund, Bell can provide grants to agencies, organizations and hospitals in need.
Bell’s Mental Health Initiative consists of 4 pillars:
1. Anti-Stigma – stigma and discrimination can cause a person suffering with mental illness distress and cause them to fear their illness, and to hesitate or fear seeking treatment. Stigma and discrimination are barriers to recovery and seeking help.
2. Care & Access – Unfortunately, many people with mental illness are unable to access the care they need. Bell has donated to organizations such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), a leading institution for mental health care.
3. Workplace Health – Mental illness is the leading cause of workplace disability in Canada. Bell is focused on developing mental health best practices in the workplace.
4. Research – Mental illness is the leading cause of disability worldwide and research is required to support new research and treatments.
There are various types of mental illness, and all of them can have a serious impact on both the individual and his or her family:
Some Facts to Consider:
Part of Bell’s campaign is to make Canadians realize that mental illness is everyone’s concern.
According to the World Health Organization:
Facts and statistics have been provided by the Bell Let’s Talk Campaign website and the CMHA website.
If you have experienced mental illness and have had a disability claim denied, contact the experienced long-term disability lawyers at Aaron Waxman and Associates. We offer a free, no obligation consultation and are here to help you with your claim and any questions you have.
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