Bell Let's Talk Day raises record $7.27 million for mental health

Bell Let's Talk Day raises record $7.27 million for mental health

"Not only did we achieve significant new milestones in participation and Bell funding, Canada's leadership in growing the mental health conversation is clearly capturing the attention of the world".

As a result, over 6.3 million people across Canada are said to have been supported with access to mental health care. We are here for you when you need us.

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For every text message, mobile and long distance call, Bell Let's Talk Day video view on social media, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, use of the Bell Let's Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental health initiatives.

And Mellen herself went up to CFB Suffield's Military Family Resource Centre, which had a day of presentations on mental illness.

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".

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It is an initiative started by Bell, CTV Northern Ontario's parent company, September 2010 and began as a new conversation about Canada's mental health with a goal to help end stigma.

The English-language video features Alessia Cara, Anderson Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres, Lisa LaFlamme and Seth Rogen with Bell Let's Talk team members Mike Babcock, Manon Charbonneau, Denni Clement, David K. Henry, Chris Johnson, Queena Lau, Howie Mandel, and Souad Saidj. "Coming back to work from mental illness is a little different than other illnesses".

The Bell Let's Talk initiative aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health challenges by engaging in open conversations and treating those suffering from mental health issues as being ill, not weak.

One option is addictions and mental health counselling, which is offered through Alberta Health Services, as well as many private counselling clinics.

Funding for mental health is not keeping up with the demand for services, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association in Lambton-Kent.

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