Published: Fri, February 01, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Local school districts supporting Bell Let's Talk Day

Local school districts supporting Bell Let's Talk Day

"By raising our voices today, we drive action in mental health all year long - including Bell's ongoing donations to care, research, community development and other initiatives", said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk in a news release.

The intent behind these events is to encourage workers and employers to speak up about mental health issues and to educate them that there are tools available to help. However, since Bell Let's Talk is a nationally recognized event, Carleton aims to support the initiative.

The Newmarket resident announced last October she was withdrawing from competition, revealing that she had been struggling with her mental health.

Bell says at the time most people were not talking about mental illness, but millions of Canadians, including leading personalities, engaged in open discussion about mental illness, offering ideas and hope for those who struggle.

Gruchy says people with severe mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anorexia, get forgotten and lost in the general noise. "There's actually a lot in Medicine Hat to provide assistance to people in a crisis, or if you just need to talk to somebody".

The English-language video features Alessia Cara, Anderson Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres, Lisa LaFlamme and Seth Rogen with Bell Let's Talk team members Mike Babcock, Manon Charbonneau, Denni Clement, David K. Henry, Chris Johnson, Queena Lau, Howie Mandel, and Souad Saidj.

Lethbridge College had an influx of worldwide 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. "Coming back to work from mental illness is a little different than other illnesses".

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She said it's important for police to respond to mental health situations with a unique approach, and depending on the situation, an approach that doesn't make those in trouble feel threatened.

It's estimated one in five people in Canada experience some kind of mental health challenge in their lifetime.

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