Olympic, World and Canadian figure skating champion Gabby Daleman joined the Bell Let's Talk Day campaign, tweeting, "As a person who suffers with depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Learning disability and Eating disorder nothing makes me happier than #BellLetsTalk".
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.
Mary Deacon, chair of Bell Let's Talk, said in the release that these student-led initiatives "are growing awareness of both the impact of mental illness and the resources students can turn to for support, helping to ensure a psychologically healthy and safe environment on campus".
For every text message, mobile and long distance call, Bell Let's Talk Day video view on social media, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, use of the Bell Let's Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental health initiatives. "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".
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.
How will you support your employees' mental health today?
"Be prepared to engaged with people when we may see signs of a person having mental health struggles and not to be afraid of this sort of thing".
The Let's Talk campaign has raised millions for services in our communities. A number of events to bring awareness to mental health are taking place at the college this week.
One of the other key ways Let's Talk funds get distributed is through the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund.