As a mother, I will never give up on my child. As a mother of a child who has autism, I will never give up hope.
I look into his eyes and I see all the potential that he has to offer to this beautiful world and I just know that one day the world can see what I see.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Today is Bell Let's Talk Day

Today is Bell Let's Talk Day. Together we can break down the stigma associated with mental illness. Today Bell will contribute 5¢ for every long distance call and text message made to support mental health related programs across the country. Let's talk.

As proud Bell customers, sent out 50 text messages today to friends and family to help reduce the stigma and raise awareness about mental health.

One of the biggest hurdles to overcome for anyone facing mental illness is the stigma associated with it. It is the leading reason two-thirds of all of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.

To drive progress in reducing stigma, a new campaign called Bell Let’s Talk is opening the national conversation about mental illness and its dramatic impact in all parts of the country.Bell Let's Talk DayOn February 9, 2011, Bell will lead the conversation to reduce stigma with the launch of Bell Let's Talk Day - a national campaign which will raise awareness about mental health across Canada each year. For every text message and long distance call made by Bell customers that day, Bell will contribute 5¢ to programs dedicated to mental health. (Regular long distance and text message charges apply.)

So let’s talk.

As proud Bell customers, will be sending out 50 text messages to friends and family to help reduce the stigma and raise awareness about mental health.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives. (Canadian Institute of Health Research)
  • 1 in 3 people don’t get the care they need either because they are afraid to ask for help or they don't have access to care. (Statistics Canada, 2003)
  • 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection. (Mental Health Commission of Canada)
  • Mood and anxiety disorders impact an estimated 22% of the Canadian population. (CMHA)
  • Every day 500,000 Canadians are absent from work due to a form of mental illness. (Government of Canada, 2006)

Where to go for help?
If you are in a crisis please go to your local hospital or call 911 immediately.

For Children:
Kids Help Phone

For Adults:
Canadian Mental Health Association

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