Minister of National Defence video message for Bell Let’s Talk Day 2020

Video / January 29, 2020


This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Bell Let’s Talk Campaign.

With the help of this campaign, Canadians across the country are talking about mental health more than ever before.

By reducing the stigma around mental illness, people can feel more comfortable coming forward with their own challenges.

The Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence have been longstanding partners with Bell on this very important initiative.

This year’s campaign theme is Mental Health: Every Action Counts which highlights actions – big and small – that we can take to help create positive change.

By simply listening to a colleague who is struggling, or changing the language we use when talking about mental illness, we can make sure that our work places are safe spaces for people struggling with their mental health.

While we are proud of the work done to remove barriers to seeking care and reducing stigma by talking openly about mental health, all of us have more work to do.

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces encourage all Canadians, including all Defence Team members and their families, to recognize the signs of mental illness and to seek care for themselves and their loved ones.

The first step to recovery is seeking care. Nobody should suffer in silence.

We are there to support you.

And Canadians from coast to coast to coast can be a part of this.

Know the facts and myths about mental health to end that stigma.

Be aware of the language you are using so that our words help and not hurt.

Be there for your friends, family and coworkers, by offering to listen and ask how you can help.

Be kind and supportive. 

And finally, start a conversation—at work, at home, with friends. It is time to break our silence.

We can start by posting on social media today, using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk to keep that conversation going.

And Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs every time you do.

If you or someone you know needs help, ask for it. Let’s all contribute to creating positive change by ending the stigma around mental health and starting the conversation.

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