Millions expected to take part in world's largest mental health conversation
SUDBURY -- It’s going to be a busy day on social media channels as millions are expected to take part in one of the world’s largest mental health conversations, Bell Let’s Talk Day.
It’s the 10th anniversary of the initiative that has raised more than $100,000,000 for mental health since 2011.
"I’m so excited to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Bell Let’s Talk Day with Canadians in every corner of the country and people all around the world," said Mary Deacon, chair of Bell Let’s Talk. "Over the last decade, we’ve worked together to reduce the stigma around mental illness, grow awareness of its wide-ranging impacts and build acceptance of the need for real change."
Deacon adds real momentum has been built with people who have used the opportunity to share their stories and supporting those living with mental illness.
People can send their messages of support for those with mental health challenges across multiple platforms and Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has issued a statement on the occasion:
"Every year, more than one million people in Ontario, struggle with a mental health problem or illness. Mental health challenges can affect those closest to us – family members, friends, colleagues and even ourselves," he said. "Today, on Bell Let’s Talk Day, let’s make sure those struggling with mental health issues know we’re listening to them and we care. I encourage everyone to participate in these important conversations online, at home, in the workplace and in our communities."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also taken to Twitter to support the cause.
Places to find mental health support in northeaster Ontario:
Free walk-in mental health support for children and youth in the Sudbury District through Compass.
Several organizations offer support for people struggling with mental health issues including the Canadian Mental Health Association
Health Sciences North offers its services through the Sudbury Mental Health and Addictions Centre.
Nipissing Mental Health Housing and Support Services have been offering support, advocacy and sustainable housing those with serious and persistent mental illness.
The Timmins Family Counselling Centre is a bilingual non-profit, family service organization that’s been offering psychotherapy and education to individuals, couples, families and workplaces in the Timmins area.
The Sault Area Hospital also offers help to those dealing with mental health and addictions.