Half a million people don't go to work each day in Canada because of
Tomorrow's Bell Let's Talk Day raises awareness of impact of mental
illness on the economy
Send a text or make a long-distance call with Bell to support mental
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MONTRÉAL, Feb. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Tomorrow, February 9, is Bell Let's Talk
Day, when Canadians can help fight the stigma around mental illness and
its impact on the Canadian workplace by sending a text message or
making a long distance call with Bell and Bell Aliant.
Bell Let's Talk Day is a high-profile anti-stigma effort that is part of
the Bell Mental Health Initiative, a five-year, $50-million charitable
iniative dedicated to promoting Canadian mental health. For every text
message sent and every long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant
customers on February 9, Bell will donate 5 cents to programs dedicated
to mental health. Regular long distance and text message charges apply.
The leading cause of workplace disability
Mental illness is the #1 cause of workplace disability in Canada. In
fact, the Canadian government has reported that every day 500,000
Canadians will miss work due to a mental health related issue. That's
almost three per cent of the work force, and the result is an estimated
total cost to the Canadian economy of $51 billion each year in lost
productivity (according to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health),
a terrible cost to the Canadian economy and to all Canadians. That's
why Bell made workplace mental health one of the four pillars of the
Bell Mental Health Initiative.
Bell Let's Talk Day is supported by a national promotional campaign
focused on the world-famous smile of Clara Hughes, Canada's six-time
Olympic medalist, who relates her own story of depression in the
campaign. In advance of Bell Let's Talk Day, Canadians can join Clara
in the mental health conversation by visiting bell.ca/letstalk.
Bell is working with corporate Canada and the health care community to
develop and adopt mental health best practices in the workplace. At
Bell, for example, that includes advanced return-to-work programs and
new resources that will make it easier for employees to find
information related to mental health. Canadians can learn more about
how the Bell Mental Health Initiative will make a difference by
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and
business with solutions to all their communications needs, including
Bell Mobility wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell Satellite TV and
Bell Fibe TV, Bell Home Phone local and long distance, and Bell
Business Markets IP-broadband and information and communications
technology (ICT) services. Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE:
BCE). For information on Bell products and services, please visit bell.ca. For BCE corporate information, please visit bce.ca.
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