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Bell Let's Talk Day is January 30th. Join the conversation.

Posted on 24 January 2019 in Sponsors & Partnerships

Canada Soccer is pleased to be joining the conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 30th. Many people living with a mental illness report that negative stereotypes cause them more suffering than the illness itself. As a result, two thirds of those suffering from mental illness are too afraid to reach out for help. Mental illness affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. It can take many forms, including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. Most individuals find ways to live with their illnesses but how they are treated by others often proves to be more of a challenge than the illness itself.

Stigma has surrounded many diseases in the past, but concerted efforts to confront these attitudes have resulted in positive changes, including increased access to care, more funding for research, and greater understanding from family, friends and colleagues. Our goal is to help achieve the same level of acceptance and understanding regarding mental illness.

In 2019, Bell will be surpassing $100 million in donated funds to Canadian mental health programs and will see over one billion Bell Let’s Talk Day messages of support. On January 30, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these interactions, at no extra cost to participants:

  • Text and talk: Every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers
  • Twitter: Every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and Bell Let's Talk Day video view
  • Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let's Talk Day video and use of the Bell Let's Talk frame
  • Instagram: Every Bell Let's Talk Day video view
  • Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let's Talk filter and video view

Alone we cannot end mental illness, but we can all add to the ending of the stigma, and below are five steps to help:

  1. Language Matters-Words can help, but they can also hurt. Consider what words you use to refer to mental illness.
  2. Educate Yourself-Know the facts versus the myths about mental illness to help end the stigma.
  3. Be Kind-Simple kindness can make a world of difference! Whether it be a smile, giving a listening ear, or an offer to go out for coffee, these simple acts can let someone know that you’re there for them.
  4. Listen and Ask-Being a good listener and asking how you can help can be the first step in recovery.
  5. Talk About It-Break the silence. Most people with mental health issues can and do recovery, just by talking about it.

You can also learn more about the five simple ways to end stigma and download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to begin your own conversation about mental health at home, school or in the workplace.

Join us as we work together to break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

Get connected with Bell Let’s Talk:

Twitter: @Bell_LetsTalk and #BellLetsTalk
Instagram: @bell_letstalk
Snapchat: Filter

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