- Growing list of supporters promoting the mental health conversation and the 2015 Bell Let's Talk campaign to build a stigma-free Canada
- One week until Bell Let's Talk Day on January 28 - learn more at Bell.ca/LetsTalk
MONTREAL, Jan. 21, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - With 7 days to go until Bell Let's Talk Day on January 28, Bell would like to thank the many leading Canadian organizations supporting mental health and helping to build a country free of the stigma around mental illness.
"Thank you to so many great individuals, companies and other organizations from all around Canada who have stepped up to help to create a stigma-free Canada," said Clara Hughes, Canada's 6-time Olympic medallist and national spokesperson for Bell Let's Talk. "This incredible support is really helping move the mental health conversation forward as we gear up for another great Bell Let's Talk Day on January 28. I hope you will join us too!"
The growing list of organizations working to end the stigma of mental illness includes leading Canadian media companies, major league sports teams and associations, the Canadian Armed Forces, and Bell partners and competitors. Support for the Bell Let's Talk message is taking many forms, including TV, radio, newspaper, out-of-home, online and cinema advertising, rink boards at major sports arenas, promotional events and media coverage discussing Canadian mental health in depth.
Bell Let's Talk extends sincere thanks and appreciation to:
- Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
- AOL Canada
- Banff World Media Festival
- Basketball Canada
- Calgary Stampede
- Canadian Armed Forces
- Canadian Curling Association
- Canadian Film Centre
- Canadian Media Production Association
- Canadian Olympic Committee
- Canadian Paralympic Committee
- Canadian Soccer Association
- Caribbean Carnival Toronto Festival
- Cinémas Guzzo
- Cogeco / MetroMedia
- Culture Days
- Festival d'été de Québec
- Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
- Hot Docs
- The Globe and Mail
- Lamar Advertising
- La Presse / Gesca
- MLSE - Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
- Montréal Canadiens
- Montréal en Lumière
- Monster Media
- National Basketball Association Canada
- National Football League Canada
- National Newswatch
- National Post / Postmedia Network
- Ottawa Senators
- Outfront Media
- Pattison Outdoor
- Rogers Communications
- Toronto International Film Festival
- Toronto FC
- Toronto Maple Leafs
- Toronto Raptors
- Toronto Star / Torstar
- Twitter Canada
- Universal Music Canada
- Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- V Télé
- The Weather Network / Météomédia
- The Writers Guild of Canada.
- Zoom media
In addition, more than 200 Bell community and mental health partners, as well as chambers of commerce, colleges and universities across Canada are joining the conversation and helping to spread the word through events, social media, websites, and newsletters.
Join the conversation on Bell Let's Talk Day
On January 28, for every text message, wireless and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of that day's Bell Let's Talk Day image at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5 cents more to Canadian mental health programs.
In 2014, Canadians answered the call with a total of 109,451,718 messages including texts, wireless and long distance calls, tweets and Facebook shares, meaning Bell added another $5,472,585,90 to its Bell Let's Talk funding commitment. Based on its original $50 million donation and the results of the last 4 Bell Let's Talk Days, Bell has now committed more than $67.5 million to Canadian mental health.
Bell's donations are made at no extra charge to Bell Let's Talk Day participants, though normal long distance or text charges, if any, apply.
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative
Bell Let's Talk promotes mental health based on 4 action pillars - anti-stigma, care and access, research, and workplace best practices. The initiative supports mental health leaders across the country including the Royal Ottawa Hospital, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, Hôpital Charles-LeMoyne, Montreal Jewish Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the University of British Columbia, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Queen's University, La Fondation du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec, Concordia University, Brain Canada, Kids Help Phone, Sunnybrook Hospital and Université Laval Foundation.
The annual Bell Let's Talk Community Fund supports front-line mental health organizations in every region of the country. The Fund has provided grants of $5,000 to $50,000 to hundreds of community organizations focused on improving access to programs and services that support people living with mental health issues.
To learn more about the Bell Let's Talk campaign, and to download the Bell Let's Talk toolkit to help get the conversation started, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business customers with wireless, TV, Internet, home phone and business communications services. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home, and digital media. Bell is wholly owned by Montréal's BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For more information, please visit Bell.ca
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