clara hughes

February 12, 2013 by Speakers' Spotlight

Clara Hughes, National Spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk Day

National Bell Let’s Talk spokesperson Clara Hughes again leads the campaign to encourage all Canadians to join in the conversation about mental illness TODAY — BELL LET’S TALK DAY — to help end the stigma surrounding the condition.

“It’s been so wonderful to hear the voices of Canadians from coast to coast to coast join in the conversation about mental health with Bell Let’s Talk,” said Ms. Hughes, Canada’s six-time Olympic medalist. “Every day, 500,000 Canadians miss work due to mental illness. Not because they’re lazy, not because they’re having fun, but because they’re sick and need help. Talking openly about mental illness lets people know that they shouldn’t be afraid to get the support they need – at home, at work, in their community.”

The Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative is a 5-year, $50-million charitable program based on 4 action pillars: anti-stigma, care and access, research, and workplace best practices. With Bell Let’s Talk Day as its anti-stigma centrepiece, Bell’s initiative is providing significant funding for leading mental health hospitals and grassroots organizations, driving new workplace initiatives
across corporate Canada, and supporting new research.

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