People living with mental illness often experience stigma and discrimination.
For many people, discrimination proves to be more of a challenge than the illness itself. Stigma is one of the key barriers that stops people from seeking help--only one-third of those who need mental health services in Canada actually receive them.
In 2010, Bell announced that it would be contributing $50 million to mental health initiatives over the next five years. The Bell Let’s Talk initiative supports an extensive range of programs to enhance mental health. As part of this initiative, Bell Canada donated $10 million to CAMH, the largest corporate donation ever to mental health in Canada.
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will contribute $.05 for every text message and long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers to mental health related initiatives. In addition to phone and text, people are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health through social media and access information about the mental health community via the Bell Let’s Talk portal.
As part of CAMH’s anti-stigma and education efforts, several CAMH experts and spokespeople will be participating in media interviews on Let’s Talk Day on Wednesday February 8. Here is a list of some of the highlights:
- 8:00 a.m. Dr. Umesh Jain will join the CTV Canada AM live chat
- 9:00 a.m. Dr. David Goldbloom will kick off Bell Let’s Talk Day on CTV News Channel
- 1:30 p.m. Dr. Katy Kamkar will discuss mental health in the workplace on CP24
- 3:30 p.m. Dr. Kwame McKenzie will discuss Schizophrenia on CP24
- 5:00 p.m. Marie Asuncion will share her personal story on CP24
- 6:30 p.m. Dr. Romina Mizrahi will discuss breakthroughs in schizophrenia research on the CTV evening news
- 8:00-9:00 p.m Dr. David Goldbloom will participate in a panel discussion on mental health issues on CTV News Channel
You can also watch CAMH CEO Catherine Zahn’s interview with BNN last week online here
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