Creating A Stigma Free Canada Essay

1493 Words Feb 5th, 2016 6 Pages
On January 27th Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and text messages lit up with the phrase #BellLetsTalk. The purpose of this day is to promote conversation about mental health and to create a stigma-free Canada. Although the phone company Bell is mainly based in Canada, there was huge support from all over the world, and the conversation started worldwide. For every text message sent, wireless call and long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers, every time someone joined our campaign on Facebook or Twitter, or used the #BellLetsTalk, Bell contributed 5¢ to programs dedicated to mental health. Bell raised a whopping grand total of $6,295,764.75. The overwhelming support from all around the world really got a lot of people talking in an attempt to end the stigma of mental health. BellLetsTalk has sent out an initiative to raise awareness for mental health and has several spokespersons including Clara Hughes, Michel Mpambara, Stefie Shock, Howie Mandel, Michael Landsberg, Mary Walsh, Étienne Boulay, Marie-Soleil Dion, and Serena Ruder. With support from its spokespersons and sponsors, Bell has collectively raised over $100 million to support a wide range of mental health organizations.
First and foremost, there are a lot of misconceptions about mental illness and mental health that need to be addressed. Many people assume that mental illness is a temporary thing. All too often people push aside what’s really happening and just think that the person who claims to be…

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