On January 31st, Bell Let's Talk Day, millions of people in Canada and around the world send messages of support and encouragement for those struggling with mental illness or share their own stories and offer ideas about how we can improve everyone's mental health. Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these interactions on January 31, at no extra cost to participants:
- Text and talk: Every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and, new this year, Bell MTS customers in Manitoba
- Twitter: Every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and Bell Let's Talk Day video view
- Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let's Talk Day video at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk and use of the Bell Let's Talk frame
- Instagram: Every Bell Let's Talk Day video view
- Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let's Talk geofilter and video view
Together, we can all help end the stigma around mental illness with 5 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
Sometimes it’s hard to talk about mental illness. Knowing what to say or how to say it isn’t obvious. This simple conversation guide can be used to talk with someone you might be concerned about.
To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.