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You may have seen the commercials for Bell Let’s Talk while watching television, where a worker tries to tell her supervisor she needs time off work or two workers are discussing a co-workers absence due to bipolar disorder. The commercials attempt to show the importance of acceptance and support.
According to the Canadian Institute of Health Research, one in five Canadians will experience a form of mental illness in their lifetime and according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, more than 30% of disability claims and 70% of disability costs are attributed to mental illness.
There is no question that mental illness affects many Canadians and their families.
January 27, 2016 is the 6th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day. Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015 set a new record for participation in the mental health conversation and raised more than $6 million for mental health funding.
In September 2015, Bell announced that it would be extending the Bell Let’s Talk Initiative for a further 5 years and would increase its total funding commitment to at least $100,000 million.
So, why is a day like Bell Let’s Talk important? According to a 2015 Nielsen survey:
It’s very easy to participate in Bell Let’s Talk Day: Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives for every:
Last year’s campaign introduced 5 ways to fight stigma surrounding mental illness, which were developed with the world’s first chair in anti-stigma research, Dr. Heather Stuart of Queen’s University. The 2016 again encourages Canadians to learn the 5 ways to fight stigma, which are:
Dr. Stuart says that,
The 5 simple ways enable Canadians to engage in conversations about mental health and help support those who live with mental illness…As conversations grow and awareness and understanding increases, stigma is reduced. It’s a way we can all help those who struggle with mental illness- most of whom won’t otherwise seek the help they need because of embarrassment or fear that they will be judged for their illness.
The Bell Let’s Talk Initiative also promotes mental health based on 4 pillars of action:
To learn more about the 5 ways to fight stigma and the 4 pillars of action, you can read the following blog posts:
Aaron Waxman & Associates will participate in Bell Let’s Talk. Follow us on Twitter at @LTDLawFirm to see our tweets and retweets and like us on Facebook to see our posts for Bell Lets Talk!
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