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Waterloo Region police join Bell Let's Talk conversation

01 February 2019, 05:25 | Randall Craig

Two dollars of every ticket will be donated to mental health initiatives in the Southern Tier.

Bell Let's Talk Day is January 30.

Over the past year, construction industry leaders have been hosting panel discussions, conferences and events focusing on mental health in the sector.

Paige Hutchinson, from the Student Success Centre, hands a toque to Kristy Marshall, along with fellow education students Stephanie Nicholl and Aaron Jang, as they stopped to write messages of encouragement Wednesday as part of Bell Lets Talk Day at the University of Lethbridge.

Tim Hortons donated coffee and muffins, Youth Wellness Hub Ontario donated prizes and Bell provided swag for the event. "She was really supportive of seeing Bell take these actions, but also recognized that if what we do helps one Canadian, that's a venture worth pursuing from her perspective".

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.

According to Bell Media, between 2010 and 2018 Let's Talk day generated 867,449,649 events and raised 93 millon ($93,423,628.80 to be exact), including $7 million ($6,919,199.75) generated previous year.

The media and entertainment industry play a key role in shaping public opinions about mental health and illness.

On Bell Let's Talk Day, Bell will donate five cents to mental health initiatives for every text, social media share or online post.

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. It's been an incredible outpouring of support for those who struggle with mental illness over the last eight years, and we're now ready to break a billion total messages.

The Bell Let's Talk initiative aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health challenges by engaging in open conversations and treating those suffering from mental health issues as being ill, not weak. He calls that a shame because they are the people who need the good will of society to improve their position.

It's time we started talking openly about our mental health.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem.

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