On January 25, Let’s Talk

Every time you talk, text and join in on social media on January 25, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.

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Your mental health minute

Our spokespeople have opened up and shared their personal stories concerning mental illness. See what they have to say.

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.

Thanks to Bell Let’s Talk’s donation to Aullak Sangillivalianginnatuk (Going Off, Growing Strong), suicide rates of young people have been reduced in the community of Nain.

Rodd Laing, Director of Environment, Nunatsiavut Government

As a result of the Bell Let’s Talk funding, 65 schools comprised of 18,000 students in the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District now have a trained mental health support person on-site.

Lucy Warren, Assistant Director of Programs, Eastern Region, Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (2015 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund Recipient)

In the last year alone, Bell has funded 720 telephone and online counselling hours, which means more than 6,500 one-on-one counselling sessions were accessible to young people nationwide.

Sharon Wood, President & CEO, Kids Help Phone

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