#BellLetsTalk

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Mental illness remains the #1 cause of workplace disability and costs the national economy more than $50 billion each year. 1 in 5 Canadians will struggle with a mental illness at some point in their lives, but as few as 1 in 3 seek the help they need, largely because of the lingering stigma.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, every text message, wireless, and long distance call made by Bell customers, every tweet using #Bell Let’s Talk, and every Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk image at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5 cents to support Canadian mental health programs. Over the first five Bell Let’s Talk Days, Bell has committed a total of $73,623,413.80 to support mental health initiatives across the country.

Bell’s donations are made at no extra charge to Bell Let’s Talk Day participants, though normal long distance or text charges, if any, apply.

2016

Bell Media marks the sixth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day today, Wednesday, Jan. 27, with more than 80 hours of programming dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging the dialogue about mental health.

On the day’s flagship program, THE PRIME MINISTER @ THE SOCIAL: A BELL LET’S TALK DAY SPECIAL, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau adds his voice to the conversation as he shares some of his personal experiences and answers questions from the studio audience.

2015

Today it was announced that Bell Canada has committed to an additional five years of their #BellLetsTalk initiative, with an investment of $100 million.

This is fantastic news for a fantastic program, which Daly AS supports fully.

Bell Let’s Talk launched in September 2010 as a 5 year, $50 million program to help create a stigma-free Canada and drive action in mental health care, research and the workplace

• With Clara Hughes leading the national conversation, Canadians have sent almost half a billion messages of hope and support on Bell Let’s Talk Days over the last 5 years
• Bell Let’s Talk has funded more than 600 partner organizations leading the mental health movement in every region of Canada
• 81% of Canadians say they are more aware of mental health issues than 5 years ago, 70% believe attitudes have improved, 57% believe stigma has been reduced

Learn more about the first 5 years of Bell Let’s Talk at http://letstalk.bell.ca/letstalkprogressreport

The next Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is October 4-10, 2015!

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