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At Aaron Waxman & Associates, we believe mental health awareness is important. We support #BellLetsTalk Day. We want to help #stopstigma.
On January 28, 2015, Bell Let’s Talk Day is taking place across Canada. Bell Let’s Talk aims to create a national conversation about mental health.
How does it work?
For every text message, wireless and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Alliant Customers, Bell will donated 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs.
People who are with other service providers need not worry- for every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and every Facebook share of that day’s Bell Let’s Talk Day image from the official page, Bell will also donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs.
In 2014, a total of 109, 451, 718 texts, wireless and long distance calls, tweets and Facebook shares were sent/made and Bell added $5,472,585, 90 to its funding commitment. Bell has now committed more than 67.5 million to Canadian mental health.
Funding goes to front-line mental health organizations in every region of Canada. In Ontario, this includes the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Ontario Shores Foundation, Queen’s University and Bell True Patriot Love Fund, which supports Canadian military families.
Who is involved?
Bell Let’s Talk ambassador, Olympic medalist Clara Hughes, invites all Canadians to join the conversation about mental health on the fifth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day.
This year, the Bell Let’s Talk Team is comprised of TSN Host Michael Landsberg, comedian Howie Mandel, entertainer Mary Walsh, spokespeople Stefie shock and Michel Mpambara in the Bell Let’s Talk Campaign. The team also welcomes a new ambassador, professional golfer Andrew Jensen, who will join comedian/writer Kevin Breel, CFL veteran Shea Emry and musician Rob Nash. The Bell Let’s Talk Team will be openly sharing their own mental health experiences as they encourage Canadians to join the conversation.
Why is Bell Let’s Talk Day so important?
According to Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk, “Ending the stigma of mental illness depends on building greater awareness, acceptance and action. These are 5 simple ways all Canadians can help build a culture in which people struggling with mental illness feel supported and not afraid”.
This year, the campaign was developed with Dr. Heather Stuart of Queen’s University, who is the world’s first chair in anti-stigma research. The 2015 campaign focuses on 5 ways Canadians can help fight stigma surrounding mental illness:
On stigma, Dr. Stuart commented, “If you were diagnosed with a serious physical illness, you’d expect and almost certainly get emotional and social support from people around you- not the silence, gossip, jokes or discrimination often faced by people with a mental illness…That stigma is a reality for many Canadians who struggle…”
What is the Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health Initiative?
Bell Let’s Talk promotes mental health based on 4 action pillars:
How can you get involved?
Aside from talking & texting, tweeting and sharing others’ posts with #BellLetsTalk and the facebook image of that day, those wishing to help promote Bell Let’s Talk Day can get ideas from, and make use of the toolkit offered from the website.
Healthy Minds Canada, a national charitable organization that raises funds to support mental health research and education, has a mission to improve the wellbeing of all Canadians by supporting research on mental health and mental health issues. Healthy Minds Canada offers some tips for how to get involved in Bell Let’s Talk Day. For example, Health Minds Canada encourages you to post messages on Facebook (using the Bell Let’s Talk image) and tag their page, and to tweet (using #BellLetsTalk) on all matters about mental health, and include their Twitter handle, @Healthy_Minds, so they can easily share your posts to help promote your message.
Healthy Minds Canada’s site explains that talking is the best way we can start breaking down the barriers associated with mental illness. They also provide a list of suggested tweets/facts to help you get started.
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