June 25, 2017

A global conversation about mental health #BellLetsTalk

26 January 2017, 12:43 | Sue Hudson

A global conversation about mental health #BellLetsTalk

Hannah Wallace a varsity rugby player at Saint Mary’s University is using her personal experiences to speak out on mental health. Jan. 25 marks the seventh annual Bell Let’s Talk day

The "Time to Talk Day" on Thursday, February 2 is being run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness with the aim of getting people to talk to each other about mental health issues. "We now offer Mental Health First Aid courses in several provinces stemming from our partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada".

Every time you talk, text and join in on social media on January 25, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.

Since 2013, this group has brought together more than 350 students, community members, and volunteers every year to raise over $44,000 for a charity providing mental health services in Calgary.

Well, let's talk about it.

Bell will donate 5 cents for every text, long distance phone call and #BellLetsTalk sent out today on twitter and instagram towards mental health initiatives in Canada.

Winnipeg-based organizations Artbeat Studio, Inspire Community Outreach, Jewish Child and Family Services, Manitoba Schizophrenia Society and Siloam Mission and Artists in Healthcare Manitoba in Selkirk were also grant recipients from the 2016 Bell Let's Talk Day initiative.

Kocis organized the performance to help end the stigma around mental health.

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"It's just incredible the difference you can see".

Among them, Deacon says she was touched by a youth program in Fort McMurray.

They also renewed funding for a chair in mental health and anti-stigma research at Queen's University - the only one of its kind in the world. "That program is now available to any employer across the country", says Deacon, noting at last count there were 341 organizations in Canada using the training program. "I know the shame and embarrassment that my brothers felt... and I believe and I see around me today that things are changing".

"We have all heard the stories of the people who have not been able to receive the help they need", she said.

"Addressing mental health in the same positive way we address physical health is a vital part of sustaining and supporting a healthy workforce".

All the donations Kocis and Bourque collect will go to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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