On February 8, millions of Canadians from coast to coast to coast joined national spokesperson Clara Hughes on Bell Let's Talk Day in an unprecedented national conversation about mental health.
A new survey from Harris/Decima shows that 60 per cent of Canadians have been seeing, hearing and talking more about mental health issues. More than 70 per cent believe this is already having a positive impact on how mental health is perceived.
On Let’s Talk day, Canadians responded with 78,520,284 texts, long-distance calls and retweets - a 19 per cent increase over the first Bell Let's Talk Day in 2011. With Bell donating 5 cents for each text, long-distance call and retweet, Bell Let's Talk Day 2012 results in a Bell donation of $3,926,014.20 to Canadian mental health programs.
At CAMH, several clients and experts spoke with the news media. Here is a selection of some of the highlights:
- BNN The Street, Feb. 3, 2012: Catherine Zahn on mental health awareness & Bell Let’s Talk Day
- CTV News at 6pm, Feb. 8, 2012: Romina Mizrahi and Lalia Palacio on Lifetime with Pauline Chan
- BNN noon news, Feb. 8, 2012: Carolyn Dewa on mental health in the workplace
- CP24.com, Feb. 8, 2012: David Goldbloom in a live web chat
- CP 24, Feb. 8, 2012: Katy Kamkar speaks on workplace depression
- CTV, Feb. 8, 2012: Carolyn Dewa on healthy minds, healthy profits
- CTV, Feb. 8, 2012: 5 innovative ways mental health care is more accessible