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Bell Let's Talk Day activities held at Cornwall Community Hospital

Bell Let's Talk Day activities held at Cornwall Community Hospital

Kyra Gillert, enrolment services co-ordinator for the Student Success Centre at the U of L, said one of Bell's main points of their campaign is that talking is one of the best ways to reduce barriers for mental health and to reduce the stigma that surrounds it.

It is an initiative started by Bell, CTV Northern Ontario's parent company, September 2010 and began as a new conversation about Canada's mental health with a goal to help end stigma.

Wednesday marked the ninth annual "Bell Let's Talk" day, an occasion when millions of people - including celebrities and professional athletes - use social media to share awareness about mental health.

In 2015, Bell announced it would extend Bell Let's Talk for another 5 years.

Dawn Boylan, the Bell Aliant Senior Community Investment Manager said 210 Canadian universities and colleges are registered for the Bell Let's Talk campaign this year, with a large growth in the number of colleges from previous years.

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The media and entertainment industry play a key role in shaping public opinions about mental health and illness. "I invite you to add your voice to the conversation on January 30 to get us there - and help drive Bell's total donations to Canadian mental health programs past $100 million at no cost to you!"

In honour of mental health awareness today, HRD Canada caught up with Kim Tabac, chief people officer at League - who revealed how you can get involved in health and safety initiatives. Instead of staying "schizo" or "crazy", say "person with schizophrenia" or "person with a mental illness".

It will also donate for every use of the "Bell Let's Talk" Facebook profile picture frame or Snapchat filter. All over Twitter, Devils players and the organization were sure to promote the hashtag #BellLetsTalk in support of ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. The Bell Let's Talk website has a lot useful resources.

"Be prepared to engaged with people when we may see signs of a person having mental health struggles and not to be afraid of this sort of thing". One important aspect is ensuring that leaders are properly trained and equipped to both recognize their own mental health and to have the tools necessary to support employees.