Minister of National Defence video message for Bell Let's Talk 2021

Video / January 28, 2021

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Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day – a day when people across the country speak up, and do their part to break down the stigma around mental health.

Our government the department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces are proud partners with Bell on this important initiative.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us.

Many are struggling with feelings of isolation…

Financial stress…

Or worrying about their health, and the wellbeing of their loved ones.

We’re all facing different challenges as we navigate these difficult times.

But to manage our mental health when times get tough, we can all take the same first step – to reach out for help.

It can be difficult, and it can take time to feel ready.

But 2020 has also shown us just how strong we can be when we lean on one another for support.

That support starts with each of us creating a safe environment for people to talk about their struggles.

This year’s Bell Let’s Talk theme is “When it comes to mental health – now more than ever – every action counts”.

Every action, from every Canadian, counts.

One thing you can do is post on social media today, using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk…

Every time you use this hashtag, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs.

But don’t stop there.

Reach out to someone in your life.

Give them a call, or send them a message, and ask them how they’re doing.

Tell them how you’re feeling.

Listen and share with them.

And keep these conversations going...

Because Bell Let’s Talk isn’t just about one day.

It’s about changing the culture of stigma and shame around mental health – and that takes time and dedication.

So, I urge you all to look at the places in your life where you can take action and create a positive change.

And let’s all do our part to change the conversation around mental health.

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