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shame. For every text message, wireless and long distance calls made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers, as well as every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and every Facebook share of the day’s Bell Let’s Talk Day image Bell donated five cents more to Canadian mental health programs. The annual Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund supports mental health organizations around the country. The Fund provides grants between $5,000 and $50,000 to hundreds of communitymen- tal health organizations providing impro- ved access to programs that support people living with mental health issues. According to the CanadianMedical Asso- ciation, two out of three people suffer in silence, fearing judgement and rejection and 27 percent of Canadians fear being around people who suffer from severemental illness.

On March 14, 2014, six time Olympic champion Clara Hughes rode her bicycle more than 11,000 kilometres in 110 days around Canada in support of mental health. Becoming the spokesperson for the Let’s Talk campaign, Hughes shared her own struggles with depression to help break down the stigma associated withmental health issues. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CMHA) says that only one out of five children who need mental health services receives them and that, at each moment, three million Canadians are suffering from depression. The CMHA also states that approximately eight per cent of adults will experiencemajor depression at some point in their lives. The Mental Health Commission of Ca- nada says more than $6 million is lost in

productivity costs due to absenteeism. This year, the record was shattered with an 11 per cent increase in tweets and retweets compared to the last year. On Twitter alone, there were almost fivemillion tweets making ‘Let’s Talk’ the top Twitter trend in Canada and worldwide, up from number three last year. In partnership with Dr. Heather Stuart of Queens University, Bell developed five simple ways to help end the stigma; Lan- guagematters – pay attention to the language you use about mental illness; Educate your- self - learn, know and talkmore, understand the signs; Be kind - small acts of kindness say a lot; Listen and ask - sometimes it’s best to just listen; Talk about it - start a dialogue, break the silence. Family Literacy Day

The annual ‘Let’s Talk Day’, January 28, was once again a big success bringing in more than $6 million this year. A record breaking 122,150,772 million tweets, texts, calls, and shares brought about not only awareness, but a $6,107,538.60 donation fromBell towards mental health programs. In 2010, Bell Canada began a campaign to remove the stigma behind depression and mental health issues by encouraging dialogue aroundmental health. Since then, Bell has raisedmore than $73million toward the cause. On Wednesday, January 28, Canadians were asked to join the talk inmental health awareness and remove the stigma and

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