U of T athletes join the conversation on Bell Let's Talk Day

03 February, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Let's talk about mental health

Bell Let's Talk Day is January 31st, and on Bell Let's Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada, by contributing 5ยข for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. "Marie, I wish to extend a honest thank you to Bell Let's Talk for this grant which will allow us to continue to deliver this critical program to our First Responders", says Aldo Iacoe, health and safety coordinator, City of Sault Ste. Vordarek has been working to bring awareness to mental health issues along with providing prevention awareness training to staff, faculty and students.

The advertising campaign was the victor of the Channel 4 Annual Diversity in Advertising Award, and was designed by Lloyds Bank and its creative agency adam&eveDDB.

"I just know of a couple people we've lost in the past couple of years - C.E.O.s of companies that seem to have everything great, have wives, have kids...and the next thing you know, they take their own life. I am delighted with the opportunity the TV ad provides".

Stuart said Kingston is doing very well developing partnership programing and getting out into the community, and has become a leader in the area of mental health.

Sudburians are being asked to sign a petition at www.erasethedifference.ca meant to send a strong message to provincial election candidates that mental health and addictions care in Ontario should be funded the same as physical health care.

Mental illnesses have been a taboo topic of conversation among many friends and family, says the Bell Let's Talk website. People shouldn't be afraid to ask someone if they're not feeling well or if there's something they can do to help.

The fourth such event was held in partnership with the chamber's Young Professional & Entrepreneur Group to coincide with Bell Let's Talk Day on January 31, an annual national awareness and anti-stigma campaign. "We can do a lot as a friend or family member".

"I had really bad postpartum depression to the point where I felt like I hated my baby", said Lilly. "(Mental health is) one of those things that was - I don't know if 'swept under the rug is the right term, but just not really confronted and kind of pushed to the side.

"I apparently had a psychotic episode and I was shifting through hypomania and depressive episodes throughout the day", Sarah said.

Talking about mental health is absolutely critical to recovery - the importance of being able to talk and be listened to without shame and the fear of being judged can not be underestimated.

"It's very hard for somebody to disclose to another person, given the stigma that they're not doing well", Stuart said. For every tweet, text and phone call made, Bell Canada will donate five cents to mental health organizations and projects across the country.

Babcock also spoke to the personal impact mental health problems have had on people in his life.



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