Wednesday, Jan. 29, is Bell Let's Talk Day and the telecommunications company is asking the public to show support for the cause online.
People can send messages of support for action in mental health across multiple platforms. Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental-health programs for each of those communications, at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service providers for online or phone access:
• Talk: Every mobile and every long distance call made by Bell wireless and phone customers.
• Text: Every text message sent by Bell wireless customers.
• Facebook: Every Bell Let's Talk Day video view at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk and every use of the Bell Let's Talk frame.
• Instagram: Every Bell Let's Talk Day video view at Instagram.com/Bell_LetsTalk.
• Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let's Talk filter and every Bell Let's Talk Day video view.
• YouTube: Every Bell Let's Talk Day video view at YouTube.com/BellCanada.
"I am 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. Let's keep our momentum going by taking action in ways large and small to support people living with mental illness every day."
Since the first Bell Let's Talk Day in 2011, people in Canada and around the world have sent more than one-billion messages of support, which has resulted in total Bell funding for mental health reaching $101 million (including the company's original $50-million anchor donation when Bell Let's Talk launched).