Saturday, February 2, 2013

Bell Let's Talk Day coming February 12th


On February 12, 2013, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health for every text and long distance call by Bell and Bell Aliant customers, tweets using #BellLetsTalk, and Facebook shares of the Bell Let's Talk image. (regular long distance and text charges apply)

The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a 5-year, $50-million charitable program based on 4 action pillars: anti-stigma, care and access, research, and workplace best practices. With Bell Let's Talk Day as its anti-stigma centrepiece, Bell's initiative is providing significant funding for leading mental health hospitals and grassroots organizations, driving new workplace initiatives across corporate Canada, and supporting new research.

In 2012, 8 million Canadians participated with more than 78 million text messages, long distance calls and retweets on Bell Let's Talk Day, resulting in $3,926,014.20 in additional funding for mental health initiatives across the country.

To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk

Personally, I think it's fantastic that Bell Canada is doing this work. 

There is a shortage of housing and hospital beds for people with mental illness. Mental health teams are turning people away. People wait for months to acquire a psychiatrist. Community support is crucial.

So please participate!

2 comments:

Ashley Ashbee said...

Hi Sandra,

I also think the Bell Let's Talk campaign is great. I'd like to see more awareness from Bell and campaign participants about the information you're sharing here about the need for improved mental health services. I think that will even further compel people to help out.

-Ashley

Sandra Yuen MacKay said...

Thanks Ashley. The more we spread the word the better!