Did you all hear about Bell’s Let’s Talk Day that happened yesterday? The campaign aimed at raising awareness about mental health and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. For every text and long distance call made by Bell customers, Bell donated 5 cents to go towards mental health programs. Yesterday’s grand total came to $3,926,014! Canadian speedskater Clara Hughes served as the national spokesperson for the campaign.
In addition, Bell has donated $1-million to Queen’s University for the establishment of the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair – the first chair of its kind in the world. I love the fact that this large organization is starting to take a leading role in promoting awareness about mental health issues. Stigma is a HUGE barrier that prevents people from seeking the treatment they need. Mental illness is similar in many ways to a physical disease.. one can live with it and successfully recover from or cope with it. So why do we stigmatize one and not the other? Share this with others to get them talking! We need to raise awareness before we can change people’s attitude.
Click the link to read the press release about Bell’s Let’s Talk Day: