Bell says at the time most people were not talking about mental illness, but millions of Canadians, including leading personalities, engaged in open discussion about mental illness, offering ideas and hope for those who struggle.
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"We wanted to showcase our new building as an inviting space, ensuring that youth are comfortable in reaching out should they need help some day", said Deena Shorkey, director of child and youth mental health services at Cornwall Community Hospital.
"Your participation drives both awareness and action, as Bell commits its new funding for mental health based on the volume of Bell Let's Talk Day engagement".
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Wednesday was the annual Bell Let's Talk Day, when the telecommunication company donates five cents toward mental health initiatives for each post on social media using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, as well as each view of their promotional video, as a means of breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Mental health challenges can affect anyone and the Vernon RCMP used social media to let people know help is at hand.
Officials add, the 2019 Community Fund will provide grants in the range of $5,000 to $25,000 to projects that improve access to mental health care, supports and services for people in Canada. Two dollars of every ticket will be donated to mental health initiatives in the Southern Tier.
"Organizations aim to foster a psychologically safe and supportive culture, which is why HR leaders should take every opportunity to bring the conversation about mental health in the workplace to the forefront".
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem.