Statement Article from
Government of Canada Supports Bell Let's Talk Day: Let's Talk About Mental Health Stigma
January 27, 2016
OTTAWA — The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, issued the following joint statement:
“Our Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans have put their lives on the line in service to our country. Their reputation precedes them. We cannot forget that their service can come at a cost, both physical and mental.
“Bell Let’s Talk Day is a national campaign dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental illness by opening up the dialogue around mental health.
“Today, Bell will donate five cents to support mental health initiatives across Canada for every text, mobile call, and long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers, for every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and every Facebook share of the Bell Let's Talk image. We encourage all of you to take part in this campaign to raise awareness for an issue our Government feels so strongly about.
“We place a high priority on the wellbeing of our military members, Veterans, and their families. Prevention is the first line of defence against mental illness, and comprehensive treatment is available for those suffering from mental health issues.
“The stigma associated with mental illness is one of the biggest barriers to seeking help. We are working hard to break down this barrier of stigma by encouraging open and honest discussions around mental illness, including partnering with Bell for Bell Let’s Talk Day. We are strengthening mental health services and support for the military community, including serving Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families.
“Use today’s campaign as an opportunity to learn more about mental illness and be aware of what help is available when you or someone you know needs it. Talk to each other. Really listen to each other. Be kind to one another. The stigma surrounding mental illness can only be broken by us changing the conversation. Do not suffer in silence. We are listening.”
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Press Secretary to the Minister of National Defence
Department of National Defence
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