Canadians open up dialogue on mental health on Bell Let's Talk day
Published Tuesday, January 26, 2016 12:57PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 28, 2016 5:34AM EST
Canadians shared their stories and opened a discussion surrounding mental health and the stigma associated with it on Wednesday, during the sixth Bell Let's Talk Day.
During Bell Let's Talk, Bell donated 5 cents to various mental health initiatives for every tweet that uses the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, every share of the corresponding Facebook image, and every text sent or mobile and long distance call made by a Bell or Bell Aliant customer.
More than 80 hours of mental health-themed programming was aired on Bell Media properties, including a special episode of The Social, with special guest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The episode will air at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV Two, CTV Go, and CTV.ca.
Several Bell Let's Talk spokespeople joined the discussion throughout the day, including Olympian Clara Hughes, TSN host Michael Landsberg, former CFL star Etienne Boulay, comedian Howie Mandel, and musician Serena Ryder.
CTV's Canada AM, BNN, and CTV News Channel all featured programming on a variety of mental health topics.
As well, CTVNews.ca is featuring several Bell Let's Talk stories throughout the day. CTVNews.ca has already covered fascinating stories on how supportive housing rescued one homeless man, and how an eye test is being used to look for early signs of mental illness.
The Marilyn Denis Show dedicated an hour to looking at teens and addiction, featuring a discussion with Dr. Oz.
ETalk featured several celebrities discussing their personal experiences with mental illness.
Meanwhile, TSN and RDS will also marked Bell Let's Talk Day with special reports on how athletes are trying to open up the conversation surrounding mental health.
TSN's Sportscentre and That's Hockey aired a feature on the suicide of Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien, which inspired the team's assistant GM to create a mental health-focused curriculum for Winnipeg elementary schools.
On RDS, Hockey 360 reported on the L.A. Kings' hiring former NHL player Brantt Myhres as an in-house support system for team members. The program L'Antichambre will share details about an alternative hockey league in Haut-Richelieu, Que., that's comprised of 27 autistic hockey players and 10 parent-coaches.
Over the past five years, Bell has committed a total of $73,623,413.80 to support mental health initiatives across the country as a result of Bell Let’s Talk.
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