Thank you!

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Canadians and people around the world joined in to help create positive change for people living with mental health issues. Thanks to your actions, Bell will donate more to Canadian mental health initiatives.

154,387,425 interactions

$7,719,371.25
more for mental health in Canada

When it comes to mental health, every action counts.

Bell Let’s Talk Day 2020: Advocating
Bell Let’s Talk Day 2020: Caring
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5 simple ways to end the 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.

Your presence is all it takes

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. Being open to a conversation is the first step towards eliminating the stigma.

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

Thank you for joining in to create positive change!

Montreal, Thursday, January 30, 2020

Canadians and people around the globe joined in on Bell Let’s Talk Day, the world’s largest conversation on mental health. Here are some notable posts that caught our attention as part of the conversation on the 10th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day.

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Your actions counted! Bell Let’s Talk Day sets a new record with 154,387,425 messages of support for mental health, and $7,719,371.25 more Bell funding for Canadian mental health

Montréal, Thursday, January 30, 2020

Canadians and people around the world took the theme of Bell Let’s Talk Day 2020 – Mental Health: Every Action Counts – to heart, sharing a record 154,387,425 messages of support for mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day and driving $7,719,371.25 in new mental health funding by Bell.

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