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On Bell Let’s Talk Day, the entire nation spoke up. Your actions resulted in Bell committing more money to mental health. This has helped us come one step closer towards creating a country that’s stigma-free.

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Key moments and conversations

5 simple ways to end stigma and start a conversation

Stigma can often prevent those struggling with a mental illness from seeking the help they need. Developed in partnership with Dr. Heather Stuart, the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research Chair at Queen's University, here are 5 simple ways to help end the stigma and initiate a conversation.

Your words matter

The words you use can make all the difference. Words can help but they can also hurt. What would you choose?

  • Schizo
  • Crazy
  • person with schizophrenia
  • person with a mental illness

Did you know?

When it comes to mental illness, education is key. Having the right tools, knowing the right words to use and understanding how to correctly speak with someone experiencing a mental illness can make all the difference. View the Bell Let’s Talk Toolkit

Kindness is key

Simple kindness can make a world of a difference. Whether it be a smile, being a good listener or an invitation for a chat over coffee, these simple acts of kindness can help open up the conversation and let someone know you’re there for them.

Expressions like “You’ll get over it” and “Just relax” can hurt more than help. Instead, offer your support and say “I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well” or better yet, ask what you can do to help.

Sometimes it’s best just to listen

Mental illness is a very common form of human pain and suffering. Being a good listener and asking how you can help, or simply just being there for people you care about, can be the first step to recovery.

Here are a few examples of what to ask:

  • I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well.
  • I’ve noticed you’ve been down lately. Is everything ok?
  • How can I help?

Break the silence

Two out of three people suffer in silence, fearing judgement and rejection. Starting a conversation is the first step towards eliminating stigma.

Know the facts, be kind, be a good listener and friend. Be part of the conversation to eliminate stigma once and for all.

It’s Bell Let’s Talk Day! Let’s raise our voices together to keep Canada’s mental health moving forward

Montreal , Wednesday, January 25, 2017

It’s Bell Let’s Talk Day, and time to talk, text and join in on social media as Canadians everywhere share in the national conversation about mental health. By getting engaged, you’re not only offering support to the millions of Canadians living with mental illness, you’re also having a direct impact by driving Bell’s donations to mental health programs all year round.

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Tomorrow is Bell Let’s Talk day!

Montreal , Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The seventh annual Bell Let’s Talk Day takes place tomorrow and we are excited to see how Canadians take the conversation around mental health to the next level.

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