Bell Let's Talk Day raises record $7.27 million for mental health

Leslie Hanson
February 2, 2019

Cope's mother had suffered from mental illness and was one of his inspirations for the campaign.

Cope took his personal connection to create a program of best practices in dealing with employee mental health issues at Bell.

Bell originally donated $50 million to launch the initiative.

This year, Bell Let's Talk Day partnered with all post-secondary institutions in Canada and provided them with promotional gear such as toques and pins to get mental health conversations started.

"It's okay not to be okay and mental illness doesn't preclude you from being a successful athlete", she says. We are here for you when you need us.

On Bell Let's Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5 cents for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of the company's Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. One of Bell's goals in 2019 is to break the $100 million all-time donation mark.

Mental health challenges can affect anyone and the Vernon RCMP used social media to let people know help is at hand.

Paige Hutchinson, from the Student Success Centre, hands a toque to Kristy Marshall, along with fellow education students Stephanie Nicholl and Aaron Jang, as they stopped to write messages of encouragement Wednesday as part of Bell Lets Talk Day at the University of Lethbridge. "Together, we can help end the stigma around mental illness".

He told Paddy Daly on the VOCM Morning Show it's important to realise that we have a long way to go, and need to be engaged in things more substantive than awareness raising.

Bell says that as a result, large and small institutions and organizations in every region of the country received new funding for access, care and research from Bell Let's Talk and from governments and corporations that joined the cause. Some have also opened up about their own battles with anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, among other diseases.

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