The annual Bell Let's Talk Day, a campaign fronted by communications giant Bell Media to promote awareness and understanding and reduce the stigma around mental health issues is today (Jan. 30), but behind the scenes it's more than just a one-day campaign.
There were 145,442,699 messages of support across social media and other platforms.
As a result, over 6.3 million people across Canada are said to have been supported with access to mental health care.
Bell originally donated $50 million to launch the initiative.
Prominent influencers like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ellen DeGeneres helped push social media engagement up 13 per cent compared to a year ago.
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Paige Hutchinson, from the Student Success Centre, hands a toque to Kristy Marshall, along with fellow education students Stephanie Nicholl and Aaron Jang, as they stopped to write messages of encouragement Wednesday as part of Bell Lets Talk Day at the University of Lethbridge.
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Cope took his personal connection to create a program of best practices in dealing with employee mental health issues at Bell.
On Wednesday, Bell will be donating five cents each time the hashtag #BellLetsTalk is used on twitter, or official videos posted on Facebook and Instagram are viewed. "What we're seeing is the need for assessment and counselling, treatment and coordination with other health care providers".
Lethbridge College had an influx of global students this year and the topic of mental health and stigma typically hasn't been at the forefront of conversation for those students in their cultures.
Bell Let's Talk Day encouraged conversations across Canada about mental health, increasing awareness, reducing stigma and helping to make a difference in the lives of others facing mental illness.
One option is addictions and mental health counselling, which is offered through Alberta Health Services, as well as many private counselling clinics.