Bell Let’s Talk Day is tomorrow: Join the mental health conversation!

27 Jan 2014
  • Clara Hughes invites you to talk about mental health to help break the stigma
  • Join in and Bell will donate 5¢ to mental health for your texts, calls and tweets
  • Learn more at Bell.ca/LetsTalk
Tomorrow is the 4th annual day Bell Let’s Talk Day, when Canadians will come together to talk, text, and tweet about mental health to help fight the stigma around mental illness.

“Hello everyone! Really looking forward to joining with you tomorrow to help make Canada’s mental health better,” said Clara Hughes, Canada’s six-time Olympic medalist and Bell Let’s Talk national spokesperson. “The mental health cause has come a long way in the last four years and I know we can keep the momentum rolling by talking, texting, tweeting and sharing like never before on Bell Let’s Talk Day!”

Join the conversation and Bell gives more to mental health
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents for every text, mobile call, and long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of that day’s Bell Let’s Talk Day image. Bell’s donations are made at no extra charge to Bell Let’s Talk Day participants, though normal long distance or text charges, if any, apply. In 2013, Canadians answered Clara’s call with a total of 96,266,266 texts, calls, tweets and Facebook shares, meaning Bell Let’s Talk added another $4,813,313.30 to its total donation commitment.

Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Talks official puck drop with Clara
In celebration of Bell Let’s Talk Day, Clara will join the Toronto Maple Leafs at centre ice for the official puck drop at tomorrow night’s game versus the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Air Canada Centre (TSN, 7:00pm eastern). Fans are encouraged to continue the conversation about mental health during the Hockey Talks for mental health game by calling, texting and tweeting.

Kids Help Phone and Bell Let’s Talk connect with students
Kids Help Phone and Bell Let’s Talk representatives including Clara Hughes are visiting schools in Toronto and Montréal on Bell Let’s Talk Day. At CCSE Maisonneuve and Northern Secondary School, students will learn about mental health and essential supports like Kids Help Phone, the anonymous and confidential phone and online professional counselling service for youth.

The Bell Let’s Talk team
Joining Clara this year are Bell Let’s Talk partners TV personality Seamus O’Regan, comedians Michel Mpambara and Kevin Breel, musicians Stefie Shock, Matthew Good and Robb Nash, and athletes Shea Emry, Joé Juneau, and Andy O’Brien. Together, the Bell Let’s Talk team is encouraging Canadians to join them in the growing conversation about mental health in media, schools and other public appearances.

The Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative
While 20% of Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetimes, 2 in 3 suffer in silence for fear of being judged or rejected because of the continuing stigma.

“Mental illness costs our national economy more than $52 billion a year with  more than 500,000 Canadians missing work every day because of a mental health issue,” said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada and BCE. “Mental illness touches everyone in our society in some way and should concern all of us. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, please join in ending the stigma and ensuring Canadians facing mental illness are able to get the help they need.”