Bell Let’s Talk: joining the conversation on mental health

January 29, 2019

By Lucie Tedesco, Commissioner of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) is proud to be taking part in Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 30, 2019. We are joining the worldwide conversation to help raise awareness of mental health and mental illness. 

Canadians consistently rank money as their number one source of stress – higher than health, work or family obligations. And money worries, including those that come from high levels of debt, can negatively impact their mental and physical health, as well as their workplace productivity. 

This is why, at FCAC, we’re committed to helping all Canadians improve their financial literacy. We’re passionate about helping them feel more in control of their money and improve their financial health. 

We have all kinds of tools and resources available to help Canadians improve their money management skills, such as our interactive Budget Calculator. A budget is the foundation of financial well-being. It’s a simple but highly effective way to make sure you live within your means, and it allows you to have control over your finances. I am personally always amazed by how much better I feel when I have a good sense of where I am and where I should be with my expenses. It never takes long to do. Just a few minutes.  

If you are an employer, chances are many of your employees are struggling with their finances. This financial stress could be costing your business thousands of dollars in lost productivity each year. When you invest in your employees’ financial well-being, your employees and your business benefit. We recently published new content on financial wellness in the workplace to help you get started.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, I encourage all Canadians to join the conversation on mental health by using the hashtags #BellLetsTalk and #GCMentalHealth. Let everyone know you care about and understand the importance of mental health.

Also, be sure to follow FCAC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for daily money management tips and tools that can help improve your financial health, reduce stress and support your life goals. 

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