We all know there is a stigma surrounding mental illness. And we all know someone, past, present, or in the future, who struggles with a mental illness. And this stigma stops people from talking to someone and getting help, making these people feel like they’re all alone and scared.
That needs to stop. Now.
January 28, 2014 marks the fourth annual day of the Bell Let’s Talk Campaign. Fronted by Clara Hughes, Former Canadian Olympian, Bell has taken steps to make everyone aware of mental illess and to make it stigma-free. By getting this message out and talking about it, we can break down this stigma.
And Bell Let’s Talk Day will be just another starting point to this day. But that’s not all Bell is doing.
For every tweet that is hashtagged #BellLetsTalk and for every share of their Facebook post on January 28, Bell will donate five cents to mental health initiatives. And for Bell customers, every text you send and every long distance call you make, Bell will also donate five cents.
(If you want more information, here’s Bell’s FAQ and Fact Sheet about the event. These pages are where I found the stats.)
You might not think that’s much, but last year, Bell raised $4,813,313.30 million dollars. That’s 96,266,266 calls, texts, tweets and Facebook shares.
Not too shabby, huh?
So join in and start the conversation on Mental Health Awareness on January 28.
Let’s End Stigma. Let’s Talk.