One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.
The annual Bell Let’s Talk awareness campaign and Day opens the national conversation about mental illness to fight the stigma and the dramatic impact of mental health issues all across the country, and none other than Clara Hughes, six-time Olympic medalist, has stepped forward to lead this campaign. A community leader and philanthropist who knows and has inspired Canadians, Clara has experienced the impact of mental illness and understands how important it is to get people talking about it at home, at school, and around boardroom tables.
On January 27, 2016, Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell encouraged Canadians to be part of this important national conversation to fight the stigma surrounding mental health. Each year, this national campaign raises awareness about mental health issues across Canada. And again this year, for every text message sent, wireless call and long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers, and every time someone joined our campaign on Facebook or Twitter, Bell contributed 5¢ more to programs dedicated to mental health.