Mental health resources readily available for Hatters

Faith Castro
February 1, 2019

Bell Let's Talk Day is January 30.

Waterloo Region police are sharing a video to mark Wednesday's Bell Let's Talk Day, in a bid to shine a light on the need to hold a community conversation about mental health, while also focusing on how the complex issues of mental health affect police officers on and off the job. He also pledged $50 million dollars over five years to various mental health initiatives and organizations, then another $50 million.

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

Mary Deacon, chair of Bell Let's Talk, said in the release that these student-led initiatives "are growing awareness of both the impact of mental illness and the resources students can turn to for support, helping to ensure a psychologically healthy and safe environment on campus".

Rarely interviewed about Bell's commitment to mental health (Samaritanmag has tried), in an early interview with The Globe & Mail in 2010, he told the newspaper, "What we've tried to do is come out and talk quite openly about it". We are here for you when you need us.

In 2015, Bell announced it would extend Bell Let's Talk for another 5 years.

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Today is a flagship day for employee mental health - Bell Let's Talk.

How will you support your employees' mental health today? "What we're seeing is the need for assessment and counselling, treatment and coordination with other health care providers".

"Bell Let's Talk is a great starting point", she said.

Lethbridge College had an influx of worldwide students this year and the topic of mental health and stigma typically hasn't been at the forefront of conversation for those students in their cultures. That's why our government has made mental health a priority.

For every text message, mobile and long distance call, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, use of the Bell Let's Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will donate 5¢ to Canadian mental health initiatives.

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

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