“One in five Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in time in their lives.” ` Canadian Institute of Health Research
Bell Lets Talk Day
Today is #BellLetsTalk Day. It is an initiative to raise money for #MentalHealth initiatives. With every tweet using the #BellLetsTalk hash tag they will donate 5¢ donation to #MentalHealth initiatives. Since 2010 Bell has committed millions to mental health related initiatives in Canada. The Bell Mental Health initiative supports an extensive range of programs to enhance mental health in every aspect of Canadian life. The four pillars of this initiative are: (1) anti-stigma, (2) community care and access, (3) workplace mental health and (4) research.
On CBC radio yesterday, Clara Hughes (Canadian Olympian and mental health advocate) said they raised $4.8 million in one day last year. To date #BellLetsTalk Day have donated over $62 million.
This is a cause very near and dear to my heart so I ask that you consider using #BellLetsTalk in as many tweets as you can. At the very least, I tweeted a whole bunch of the #BellLetsTalk tweets on mental health. You can see many of these at the bottom of this blog post. I have linked directly to the page to make it easier for you.
If you are on the Bell network, make sure to text to make it count. I love the graphic that they had to illustrate how you can make the most out of the campaign by texting a word at a time. Hey, every text counts!
If you are on Facebook, make sure to share the image for it to make it count. Here is a direct link to the FB post so you can share it too:
This is the tally of of 9:15 am… I’ll keep you updated to see where it goes and where it ends. That means that $17,521.70 has been raised by tweets alone
They have made it supper easy to participate by having pre-loaded tweets so you can send out the message. Be sure and go to the FACTS page and click on each of the fact bubble and share the tweet… Once again all proceeds go to #MentalHealth initiatives like: Kids Help Line.
Here are some of the projects that Bell is proud to be supporting:
- Bell has donated $1 million to the University of British Columbia to establish the Bell Youth Mental Health Impact Project, which will allow UBC researchers to conduct mental health outreach to youth in need throughout BC.
- Bell is donating $2 million to the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montréal for research activities associated with the Douglas-Bell Canadian Brain Bank, a world-class brain centre unique in Canada.
- Bell Canada and Queen’s University announced a world-first: the creation the Chair of Mental Health and Anti Stigma Research to better understand the causes of stigma and how best to eradicate it.
Bell supports a variety of organizations including grassroots agencies, local hospitals, and universities to help provide Canadians with support services when and where they need it. Bell is proud to support and partner with leading health care institutions across the country including:
- $1 million to the Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation to expand its Telepsychiatry Program benefiting rural, northern, and remote communities
- $1 million to La Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal to support innovative research and a new mental health biobank
- $10 million to CAMH Foundation (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) to take the world-leading institution past its landmark $100 million fundraising goal
- $300,000 to the Fondation Hôpital Charles-Lemoyne for its adolescent psychiatric unit
- $250,000 to the Streetohome Foundation to provide support to homeless or at-risk youth living with mental health issues and addictions in BC
Our $1-million Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund was launched in 2011 with a focus on improving access to care in local communities. More than 150 grants to organizations supporting mental health in Canada were awarded from 2011 to 2013.
Thanks for taking the time to read through and please support this cause as it is pretty easy…
Thanks in advance everyone!
And no, I don’t work with Bell or are sponsored. This is all very personal to me. All the information and screen-shots are from the #BellLetsTalk website and Facebook page.
Disclosure: This is a Public Service Announcement for the YMCA #YHealthyKids Day provided by @DownshiftingPRO. No compensation (either monetary or for products or services) was received for this blog post. To find other interesting PSA posts, please go to my PSA Pinterest Board.