Mental illness affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. It can take many forms, including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. Most individuals find ways to live with their illnesses but how they are treated by others often proves to be more of a challenge than the illness itself.
Many people living with a mental illness report that negative stereotypes cause them more suffering than the illness itself. As a result, two-thirds of those suffering from mental illness are too afraid to reach out for help.
That’s why we are joining the conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 31.
Stigma surrounded many diseases in the past, but concerted efforts to confront these attitudes resulted in positive changes, including increased access to care, more funding for research, and greater understanding from family, friends and colleagues. Our goal is to help achieve the same level of acceptance and understanding regarding mental illness.
On January 31, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these interactions, at no extra cost to participants:
- Text and talk: Every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers
- Twitter: Every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and Bell Let’s Talk Day video view
- Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video and use of the Bell Let’s Talk frame
- Instagram: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view
- Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter and video view
Join us as we work together to break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness.