6th Annual Bell Let's Talk Day

January 26, 2016


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Bell Letís Talk Day is January 27th - The 6th annual Bell Letís Talk Day. For every text message, wireless and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers on January 27, or for every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of the Bell Letís Talk Day image at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5 cents to support Canadian mental health programs. On Bell Letís Talk Day 2015, a record 12,150,772 calls, tweets, texts, calls and shares resulted in Bell committing a further $6,107,538.60 to Canadian mental health programs.

CMHA Grey Bruce supports Bell Letís Talk Day - Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce supports Bell Letís Talk Day and will be at the Heritage Place Shopping Centre from 12 Ė 9pm Wednesday January 27th. They encourage everyone to drop by and text, tweet, share and make calls with them. CMHA will be also giving away official Bell Letís Talk swag as supplies last.

About Bell Letís Talk - Since 2011, the Bell Letís Talk Community Fund has supported more than 250 community groups in every region of Canada including our local Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce.

Announced on September 21, 2010, Bell Letís Talk began a new conversation about mental illness, a pressing national health concern beset by a unique stigma and far underfunded and underserved relative to its impact on every Canadian. Mental illness remains the #1 cause of workplace disability and costs the national economy more than $50 billion each year. 1 in 5 Canadians will struggle with a mental illness at some point in their lives, but as few as 1 in 3 seek the help they need, largely because of the lingering stigma.

Bell Letís Talk is helping move Canadaís mental health forward based on 4 action pillars: Anti-stigma, care and access, new research, and workplace leadership. Since its launch, Bell Letís Talk has funded more than 600 mental health partners around Canada, from the largest health care institutions and universities to the smallest community organizations in every region, while encouraging engagement by Canadians in the cause with high-profile anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Letís Talk Day and Claraís Big Ride for Bell Letís Talk.

Bell Letís Talk Day and the team continue to welcome new spokespeople and ambassadors. Last year, Clara and Quťbec spokespeople comedian Michel Mpambara and singer-songwriter Stefie Shock were joined by TSN Host Michael Landsberg, entertainers Howie Mandel and Mary Walsh, comedian Kevin Breel, CFL player Shea Emry and professional golfer Andrew Jensen. New to the Bell Letís Talk team this year are singer-songwriter Serena Ryder, CFL player …tienne Boulay and actor Marie Soleil Dion.

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* Bell Letís Talk launched in September 2010 as a 5 year, $50 million program to help create a stigma-free Canada and drive action in mental health care, research and the workplace

* With Clara Hughes leading the national conversation, Canadians have sent almost half a billion messages of hope and support on Bell Letís Talk Days over the last 5 years

 * Bell Letís Talk has funded more than 600 partner organizations leading the mental health movement in every region of Canada

 * 81% of Canadians say they are more aware of mental health issues than 5 years ago, 70% believe attitudes have improved, 57% believe stigma has been reduced

* Learn more about the first 5 years of Bell Letís Talk at letstalk.bell.ca/letstalkprogressreport

Five years of progress in Canadian mental health

 A 2015 Nielsen survey undertaken on behalf of Bell Letís Talk found that 81% of Canadians were more aware of mental health issues than 5 years ago, 70% think attitudes about mental health issues have changed for the better, and 57% believe the stigma around mental illness has been reduced. The numbers are even more impressive among young people aged 18 to 24: 87% are more aware of mental health than 5 years ago, 79% think attitudes are better, and 65% believe the stigma has been reduced. For full details on the progress of Bell Letís Talk over the last 5 years, please visit letstalk.bell.ca/letstalkprogressreport .

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