Shine a light on mental health
Today is an important day. It is Bell Let’s Talk Day and we’re joining in to help drive progress in mental health.
Most of us know a family member, friend or co-worker that is affected by mental health matters. And, with the onset of COVID we don’t need to look far to see the incredible impact that the pandemic has had on the mental health of those around us.
Here are some startling, but not altogether unexpected statistics:
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 38% of Canadians say their mental health has declined due to COVID-19, and people already struggling with their mental health were 2 times more likely to say their mental health has declined due to the pandemic.
Since 2010, friends, neighbours and mental health advocates from across Canada have joined in the world’s largest conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Big steps have been taken to reduce the stigma around mental health issues and inspire us to take action and help create a Canada where everyone can access the mental health support they need. In a recent survey conducted by Nielsen Consumer Insights, 83% of Canadians now say they are comfortable speaking with others about mental health, compared to only 42% in 2012 – this is awesome!
This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign shines a light on the actions that we can all take, because now more than ever, mental health matters. Whether you’re like our team and working from home, staying connected with family members via ZOOM or even just taking care of your own mental health, each of us can play a part.
Take time today to connect with a family member or one of your co-workers to see how they are doing.
When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts.
Today, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, local or long distance call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, every Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video, and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. All at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access.
You can also find resources, learn more about some of the organizations providing meaningful mental health supports and services throughout Canada and download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to begin your own conversation about mental health at home, school or in the workplace.
Please join us this Bell Let’s Talk Day by showing your support for all those who live with mental illness and those taking action to help them.
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