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The Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative

Bell is working to help remove the stigma around mental health. One in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness and it’s a subject they’re often reluctant to talk about – even with loved ones.  Olympic champion Clara Hughes is leading the way for Bell with a high-profile campaign each year to reduce stigma and raise more funds to fight mental illness.

With initiatives such as Clara’s Big Ride, Bell has expanded its efforts to get Canadians involved in the national conversation about improving mental health through the award-winning Bell Let’s Talk program. Bell Let’s Talk is the largest-ever corporate commitment to mental health in Canada and focuses on fighting stigma, supporting research, improving access to care and ensuring psychological health and safety in the workplace.

Canadians responded in record numbers on the 5th annual Bell Let’s Talk day on Jan. 28, 2015. Bell donated an additional 5 cents for each of the 122 million long distance and mobile calls, texts, tweets and Facebook shares recorded on that day with Bell donating $6,107,538.60 more to mental health initiatives. Clara’s efforts are supported by business, political and entertainment leaders across the country who share their own struggles with mental illness as a way of encouraging everyone to get involved. Bell’s initial commitment to Let’s Talk was $50 million and has grown to more than $73 million on the strength of Canadians’ enthusiastic response to Bell Let’s Talk Day.

Bell mental health initiatives

 

Bell is introducing an extensive array of initiatives to support anti-stigma, increased access to care, additional research and the creation of an overall culture of mental health support across the Canadian business landscape.

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