Minister Sajjan and Minister Wilson-Raybould address the stigma of mental illness
January 30, 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces / Veterans Affairs Canada
Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today issued the following statement in support of Bell Let’s Talk Day:
“Our Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans have always put the safety and wellbeing of others before themselves. From Bosnia, to Afghanistan, Haiti to Mali, they have always shown they could be relied on even in the most trying of circumstances.
“For some, the stigma associated with mental illness is one of the biggest barriers to seeking help. We are continuing to work hard to break down this barrier, by encouraging open and honest discussions around mental illness, including partnering with Bell on Bell Let’s Talk Day. We are always looking at ways to continue to strengthen mental health services and support for the military community, including serving Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, and their families.
“Today, let’s talk. We encourage you to get involved any way you can. Start the conversation—at work, at home or with friends. For every text message, mobile and long distance call made by customers of Bell Canada, Bell Aliant, and Bell MTS, every tweet using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video on social media, and use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will donate five cents to support Canadian mental health programs.
“Sometimes, it’s hard to see when help is needed. Talking to someone can help. For someone who is suffering, just listening can make a difference. If you, or someone you know needs help, please ask for it. No one should suffer in silence. We are here to listen. We are here to help. Join the conversation and help end the stigma surrounding mental illness.”
- Minister of National Defence video message for Bell Let’s Talk Day
- Canadian Armed Forces Member Assistance Program
- Mental health resources for Canadian Armed Forces members and families
- Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS)
- Operational Trauma and Stress Support Centres (OTSSC)
Veterans Affairs Canada
Department of National Defence
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