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Bell Let's Talk Day in support of Mental Health
by Sandy Lindsay

January 22, 2017
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Speak up and stand up for mental health for all! 

On January 25th, it's Bell Let's Talk day.  Every time you talk, text or join in on social media, Bell will donate five cents to mental health initiatives.

Bell Let's Talk began in 2010 and, since then, more than 300 organizations have been provided with grants through the Community Fund.

 The Community Fund provides grants to projects that help improve access to mental health care, supports and services for those Canadians living with mental illness.  More than $6million has been donated to children and youth ($1.99M), aboriginal communities ($469K) and military family support ($1M).

According to the Mental Health Commission more than 500,000 Canadians are unable to go to work on any give week due to mental health problems or illness.

To date, Bell has donated almost $80 million and anticipates that figure to rise to $100 million or more by 2020.

Locally, there will be a big kick-off event at Heritage Mall in Owen Sound on Wednesday, January 25th beginning at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Local media, dignitaries, mental health providers, mental health supporters, CMHA Board, emergency service personnel, first responders will be joining the CMHA Grey Bruce at Heritage Place centre court at 1pm to take a group photo.

One of the unique programs in Ontario is the 'Friends and Neighbours Club (FAN) - the only youth mental health puppet program that talks to youth ages 4 - 11 about bullying, stigma and other mental health issues.  The successful program is now in its 13th year and will be going into Alexandra School in Owen Sound on Monday, January 23rd along with members of the Owen Sound Attack Hockey Team.

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"Letís show our community we are here to talk about mental health and support each other," says April Robinson CMHA Fundraising & Event Coordiantor. "CMHA will have local resource materials on hand as well as Bell Letís Talk conversation bubbles so we can all tweet, share and get the word out about mental health."


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