January 30 is Bell Let's Talk Day

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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.

Bell will also donate 5¢ to mental health initiatives for every view on their official campaign video.

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

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The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) recognizes that one in five Canadians will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lives.

Students at various Medicine Hat Public School Division schools designed sleeves for coffee cups to spark positive discourse around mental health issue, which the CMHA distributed.

"I encourage everyone to help break down barriers and talk about mental health".

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Today, Bell will surpass 1 billion all-time Bell Let's Talk Day messages of support for mental health, with its total funding commitment to mental health set to top $100 million.

Last year Bell Media provided $500,000 to the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation (FIUSMM) to develop apps and mobile support applications, $1 million to the Mental Health Commission of Canada to develop programs to support post-secondary students, $400,000 to the Montreal General Hospital Foundation to acquire a repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) device, and $150,000 to Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin for Indigenous youth support services. "What we're seeing is the need for assessment and counselling, treatment and coordination with other health care providers".

Since the first Bell Let's Talk Day, the annual campaign has grown every year and generates millions of dollars that are donated by the company to organizations that improve access to mental health care, supports and services for people all over Canada.

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Together, we can all help end the stigma around mental illness with the five simple ways developed by Dr. According to Bell Media, more than 200 Canadian university and college campuses will be holding athletic events this year to support mental health initiatives.

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