Local school districts supporting Bell Let's Talk Day

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare president and CEO Janice Kaffer.
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David Gabert, communications lead and project co-ordinator for CMHA, said while Bell Let's Talk raises awareness, it also gives a great platform across the country for people to look locally at what resources are available, and to realize they're not alone in their struggles.

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. "What we're seeing is the need for assessment and counselling, treatment and coordination with other health care providers".

"Bell Let's Talk" is more than a hashtag; it's a movement.

On Bell Let's Talk Day 2018, the actions of citizens resulted in Bell committing just under $7 million toward mental health initiatives.

All you need to do is watch it and Bell will donate 5¢ to mental health initiatives.

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.

How will you support your employees' mental health today?

One of the other key ways Let's Talk funds get distributed is through the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund.

"Organizations aim to foster a psychologically safe and supportive culture, which is why HR leaders should take every opportunity to bring the conversation about mental health in the workplace to the forefront". High-profile partners in this year's Let's Talk campaign include sports teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens, film organizations like the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs and Cineplex, music organizations like Festival d'été de Québec, Osheaga and Spotify, and social media services like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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

Bell Let's Talk Day encouraged conversations across Canada about mental health, increasing awareness, reducing stigma and helping to make a difference in the lives of others facing mental illness.

It's estimated one in five people in Canada experience some kind of mental health challenge in their lifetime.

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