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Bell Let's Talk Day raises record $7.27 million for mental health

Bell Let's Talk Day raises record $7.27 million for mental health

The Binghamton Devils organization participated in the Bell Lets Talk social media campaign to raise awareness of mental health and assist in donating to the cause. "Training managers on mental health makes them better able to identify and support the mental health of their employees (and themselves) even while employees are off on leave". "Thank you everyone for embracing those who struggle with mental illness, for helping to change attitudes and fight the stigma, and for helping drive Bell's donations to mental health by making your voice heard", says Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk, in a news release.

Bell says that as a result, large and small institutions and organizations in every region of the country received new funding for access, care and research from Bell Let's Talk and from governments and corporations that joined the cause.

However, it's key, said Berndt, to continue talking about mental health, long after the initiative ends. "If we can set the stage for more people to come forward, and feel comfortable about addressing this fear of the stereotypes and stigma that they're called an addict, or an alcoholic, or a (person with) schizophrenia, and so on".

"I encourage everyone to help break down barriers and talk about mental health".

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Lethbridge College had an influx of global students this year and the topic of mental health and stigma typically hasn't been at the forefront of conversation for those students in their cultures.

Harmoni Jones, health promotion co-ordinator at Lethbridge College, said it is essentially introducing them to the topic to begin with.

The police service interviewed numerous people who work behind the scenes in law enforcement, to highlight their experiences, sharing stories about the calls they receive and respond to, how they try to treat those in crisis, and how they personally cope with becoming enveloped in others' emotional pain. "That's the other side of the conversation, just having a listening ear, being supportive and non-judgemental".

On Wednesday, Bell will be donating five cents each time the hashtag #BellLetsTalk is used on twitter, or official videos posted on Facebook and Instagram are viewed.