Leafs head coach among those speaking out on Bell Let's Talk Day

Grant Boone
February 2, 2019

"Bell Let's Talk Day has quickly grown into the biggest conversation about mental health anywhere and we hope you'll join in to let those who struggle know they've got your support".

There were 145,442,699 messages of support across social media and other platforms.

Bell originally donated $50 million to launch the initiative.

Greg Aulenback, Carleton University's strategic initiatives manager, said in an email that the school is committing to ensuring mental health and wellbeing is a priority at Carleton year round.

According to a media release by Bell Canada, events at more than 200 Canadian post-secondary schools are taking place to promote mental health.

In 2015, Bell announced it would extend Bell Let's Talk for another 5 years.

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Bell's total funding commitment to mental health is set to top $100 million, as workers are encouraged to Tweet, Snapchat and Facebook their mental health stories and support.

"It's done a tremendous thing to reduce the stigma of mental illness and normalize it", said the CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent on Wednesday, during the latest Bell Let's Talk day.

"Be prepared to engaged with people when we may see signs of a person having mental health struggles and not to be afraid of this sort of thing".

"They're people", he says.

Nationally recognized, on January 30 of every year, Bell Canada will donate towards Canadian mental health initiatives by contributing five cents for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, as stated on their website.

District officials say the initiative has now enhanced the capacity of staff to better meet the needs for mental health supports in schools.

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