Bell Let's Talk Day 2017 is now complete and Canadians everywhere became involved to support Canada's groundbreaking mental health initiative and drive Bell's funding of mental health care, research, anti-stigma and workplace initiatives across Canada.

Bell Let's Talk Day donations are fully funded by Bell directly based on engagement by Canadians in the cause. Throughout Jan. 25, Bell donated 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these interactions on Bell Let's Talk Day at no extra charge to participants:

- Every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers.
- Twitter: Every tweet using #BellLetsTalk
- Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let's Talk Day video at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk
- Instagram: Every post using #BellLetsTalk
- Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let's Talk Snapchat geofilter

Bell Let's Talk Day 2016 set new records for participation with 125.9 million messages of support, growing Bell's funding for Canadian mental health by $6,295,764.75. With approximately 598,383,571 million such interactions by Canadians over the last six Bell Let's Talk Days, Bell's total commitment to mental health, including an original $50 million anchor donation, has climbed to $79,919,178.55 – well on the way to Bell's target of at least $100 million by the end of 2020.


Five simple ways to help end the stigma:

You can help end the stigma with five simple ways developed by Dr. Heather Stuart, the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair at Queen's University:

- Language matters – pay attention to the words you use about mental illness
- Educate yourself – learn, know and talk more, understand the signs
- Be kind – small acts of kindness speak a lot
- Listen and ask – sometimes it's best to just listen
- Talk about it – start a dialogue, break the silence

 

Our features, stories and initiatives for Bell Let's Talk Day: 

 

TSN Original: The Sound of Thunder

Cross Lake is a remote Cree community in northern Manitoba that is suffering. A suicide epidemic has left the Pimicikamak people, especially their youth, with little hope. David Muswaggon is a local softball coach in Cross Lake trying to help. This is the Sound of Thunder.

If you would like to learn more about David and the Pimicikamak Thunder's mission, please visit: www.pimicikamakthunder.ca

If you would like to learn more about Pimicikamak, visit: www.pimicikamak.ca

 

Helping grow the conversation on Canadian campuses: 

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Bell Let's Talk, Canadian universities and Atlantic University Sport (AUS), Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), Ontario University Athletics (OUA), and Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA) today announced a national student initiative to promote mental health on campuses across Canada. More...

TSN's Bell Let's Talk Ambassador: Michael Landsberg speaks publicly about his personal battle with depression and considers his ability to help reduce the stigma of mental illness as his most important professional calling. You can follow him on Twitter at @HeyLandsberg.

A Personal StoryTSN Reporter Paul Hollingsworth lost his brother Bryce to suicide 26 years ago. Today, Paul dedicates much of his time reaching out to others and talking about mental health - what Bell Let's Talk is all about.

The Importance of Talking Everywhere: Ian Mendes of TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa shares the story of how a conversation with his radio co-host completely changed their working relationship something that a lot of people will relate to and one that helps capture the spirit of Bell Let's Talk Day. 

 

A look back at Bell Let's Talk Day 2016:

 

Babcock discusses his role as Bell Let's Talk ambassador

Last year when he was with the Red Wings, Mike Babcock decided he wanted to join the conversation about mental health. This year, the Maple Leafs head coach is a Bell Let's Talk ambassador. He sat down with Michael Landsberg recently to discuss what he's learned.

 

Bell Let's Talk: Mike Babcock

Mike Babcock, who has been touched by mental illness in his personal life, talks about how he doesn't associate mental weakness with mental illness.

 

Bell Let's Talk: Dwane Casey

Dwane Casey, head coach of the Toronto Raptors, explains to Michael Landsberg why it's important to him to understand mental illness and why he would want any player to approach him that's struggling.

 

Bell Let's Talk: Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson shocked Michael Landsberg with his honesty about his struggles with alcohol and depression, and says it's alright to seek the help you need without it making feel you bad about yourself.

 

Bell Let's Talk: Stephane Richer

On October 15th, 2009, Stephane Richer opened up about his depression and it changed Michael Landsberg's life.

 

Bell Let's Talk: Tyson Williams

Tyson Williams was struggling with depression and one fateful day in 2009 he saw Stephane Richer share his story on Off the Record. He reached out to Michael Landsberg through email and it changed his life forever.