Mental Health Awareness Makes it Big


If you haven’t struggled with a mental illness yourself, someone in your life has, even if you don’t know it.

The Canadian Mental Health Association reports that 20% of Canadians will be personally affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. So how come we don’t talk more about mental illness?

Well, it looks we’re starting to.

On Tuesday, Bell's Bell Let's Talk campaign got people across Canada talking about mental health. The company's pledge to donate 5 cents for every text message and long distance phone call made by Bell customers, and every Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk image and tweet using #BellLetsTalk got a whopping $96,266,266 people to join the conversation about mental health! This translates into $4,813,313.30 more funds that Bell will donate this year to mental health initiaves across Canada. 

The Bell Let's Talk campaign could not have come at a better time for myself this year. I’m in the middle of planning the proposal stage of my independent professional project (IPP) for school, and finally settled on the idea of planning an event in support of mental health. Seeing so many Canadians express their support for Bell Let's Talk has got me really excited about being a part of the mental health awareness movement, and even more motivated to get to work planning my event.

February 12, 2014 is even starting to look like a great day for my event, so save the date everyone :) 


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