Campuses participate in Bell Let's Talk initiative

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From what Alan Stevenson has seen, Bell Let's Talk has had a positive impact, especially with high-profile people such as Hughes having the courage to show her vulnerability in telling her story.

Tim Hortons donated coffee and muffins, Youth Wellness Hub Ontario donated prizes and Bell provided swag for the event.

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.

"Bell Let's Talk is a made-in-Canada mental health program that has captured the attention of the world - including major influencers and celebrities who've joined our Bell Let's Talk team in spreading the word about mental health".

"As first responders we are here to tell you it affects us too". "We've always known it was there, but there was so much hesitancy to ask for help in the past and that's really changing".

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Mark Gruchy says those type of campaigns are great for bringing what he calls an air of positivity to the topic of mental illness and helps to generate resources for groups dealing with mental health issues.

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

In terms of the general public's involvement and engagement, Bell Let's Talk Day is built around Canadians performing a number of simple interactions from tweeting to text messaging, to raise awareness, with Bell Media dedicating five cents from every one of these interactions that day towards mental health services. Organizations will have until March 15 to submit an application for consideration. "We're grateful to these leading organizations for encouraging everyone to get engaged in the mental health cause and make sure our voices are heard on what promises to be the biggest Bell Let's Talk Day ever", added Deacon in a statement.

One option is addictions and mental health counselling, which is offered through Alberta Health Services, as well as many private counselling clinics.

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