Bell Let’s Talk Day January 27: Join the growing conversation and support Canada’s mental health

National spokesperson Clara Hughes and the Bell Let’s Talk team today invite everyone to help end the stigma around mental illness while driving Bell’s donations to Canadian mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day January 27.

Join in the conversation and drive mental health funding Joining the mental health conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day not only supports those who struggle with a mental illness, you also drive Bell’s funding just by participating at no extra cost to you. For every text message, wireless and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk Day image atFacebook.com/BellLetsTalk Bell will donate 5 cents more to Canadian mental health programs.

“We turn up the mental health volume on Bell Let’s Talk Day, letting all those who struggle know they have our support and can reach out for help without fear. At the same time, Bell increases its funding of Canadian mental health programs with each message of support you send,” said Clara Hughes, Canada’s 6-time Olympic medalist and national Bell Let’s Talk spokesperson since its launch in 2010. “I am so excited to be part of the incredible journey to making Canada a nation free of the stigma around mental illness. As we begin the next 5 years of our mental health initiative, I invite you to join me on January 27 to take the conversation further than ever before!”

“Over the past 5 years, Bell Let‘s Talk has made significant progress in increasing awareness and improving attitudes about mental health while also supporting significant new Canadian initiatives in care and access, research and workplace mental health,” said George Cope, President and CEO of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada.

A 2015 Nielsen survey undertaken on behalf of Bell Let’s Talk found that 81% of Canadians were more aware of mental health issues than in 2010 (87% of youth aged 18 to 24), 70% think attitudes about mental health have changed for the better (79% of young people), and 57% believe the stigma around mental illness has been reduced (65% of young people).

The 2016 Bell Let’s Talk team Joining Clara again this year on the Bell Let’s Talk team are TSN host Michael Landsberg, comedian Howie Mandel, entertainer Mary Walsh, and Québec personalities Stefie Shock and Michel Mpambara. New to the Bell Let’s Talk team for 2016 are singer-songwriter Serena Ryder, actor Marie-Soleil Dion and CFL player Étienne Boulay.

Bell Let’s Talk ambassadors professional golfer Andrew Jensen, comedian and writer Kevin Breel, CFL veteran Shea Emry, and musician Robb Nash once again join the team in sharing their own mental health stories and welcoming Canadians to the conversation. This year we also welcome two more new voices to the Bell Let’s Talk team, Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach Mike Babcock and singer-songwriter Séan McCann.

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