Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Lets Talk - Bell Acts in Support of Mental Health

February 8th marks the second annual Bell Let’s Talk Day. Recognizing that talking about mental health can help break down the stigma attached to it, the Lets Talk campaign encourages people to “start the conversation” about mental health with friends, family and co-workers. For every text message and long distance call made by Bell customers, Bell will contribute 5 cents to programs dedicated to mental health.

You might recognize Bell's Let’s Talk spokesperson, six-time Olympian Clara Hughes. Hughes brings her reputation as a successful Olympic medalist and own personal experience with depression to the effort to help grow the dialogue on mental health. Her distinctive smile and personal courage put a recognizable face on the campaign

Last year, more than 66 million texts and calls were made on Bell Let’s Talk Day resulting in $3.3 million dollars donated to mental health initiatives across the country. This generosity is a strong indication that Canadians care about mental health and want to be part of the national conversation. With everyone's help, this conversation can be taken to a whole new level. The first Let’s Talk day managed to rally more phone traffic than the 2010 Olympics moment when Sidney Crosby scored his famous game-winning goal, the previous Bell volume record. Now, in its its second year, the campaign hopes to be bigger than ever.
Bell's five-year initiative aims to get people across the country talking about mental health, to create awareness and raise money to fund programs. Bell is donating 5¢ to mental health for every text and long distance call made by Bell customers February 8. Not with Bell? Then hop on Twitter; every re-tweeted message about the campaign also contributes 5¢ to the cause.

Mental health issues affect us all. This year lend your support to Bell's Lets Talk About it campaign. Your support can make a huge difference. Its as easy as picking up your phone!

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