Everyone Has Mental Health
We all have mental health. However, according to the 2018 Canadian Community Health Survey by Statistics Canada, nearly 18% of Canadians aged 12 and older needed help with their mental health in 2017. Sadly, almost half had their needs partially or fully unmet.
And, according to the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health (CCHS – MH), one in three Canadians will have a mental health issues at some point in their life.
In other words, even if you aren’t personally dealing with mental health issues, someone you know or love has some type of disorder that affects their mood, thinking, or behavior such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders, or addictive behaviors.
Fortunately, Canada has many resources for people who need them including the Canadian Mental Health Association, Mental Health Commission of Canada, and the Center for Addiction and Mental Health. People dealing with mental health issues, and those wanting to support them can find valuable educational materials there.
Despite all of these resources, mental health remains a widely misunderstood problem. This is why increasing awareness and funding research is so important.
On January 29, 2020, Bell Media will hold its annual Bell Let’s Talk day. For each qualifying behavior, Bell Canada will contribute 5¢ towards mental health initiatives. Take a few minutes to tweet, snap, post, message, and call your friends and family. It’s the perfect opportunity to open a conversation about mental health. Although, of course, every day is a good day to open this important conversation.
- Twitter: Use the hashtag #BellLetsTalk in every single tweet. Or watch the Bell Let’s Talk video.
- Facebook: Use the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame every time you post. Or watch the Bell Let’s Talk video.
- Instagram: Watch the official Bell Let’s Talk video many times!
- Snapchat: Use the Bell Let’s Talk filter on every post or watch the official video.
- YouTube: Watch the official Bell Let’s Talk video multiple times.
- Text messages: If you’re a Bell Mobility customer, send lots of texts to Bell Mobility subscribers.
- Mobile and long distance calls: If you’re a Bell customer, call your friends or family today.
In 2019, Bell donated more than $7 million towards mental health initiatives as a result of this campaign. We look forward to beating that record by tweeting, messaging, and calling our family and friends to open a conversation about mental health. We hope you will join in the #BellLetsTalk fight to #EndTheStigma too.