Mental health takes the spotlight

London, ON, Canada / 106.9 The X
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Fanshawe Students Cassidy Black and Emma Armstrong stand with their Bell Let’s Talk signs.

By only 10am, over 20 million interactions of the hashtag have been plastered all over social media from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

Students at Fanshawe College had the opportunity write what mental health means to them, and take a photo to be posted with #BellLetsTalk.

“The importance of this is to end the stigma around mental health.” Says VP of education and external affairs Jayme Dodge. “It’s important that students are engaged so that they can learn and understand.”

The campaign has well known spokespeople like Olympian Clara Hughes, Howie Mandel, Micheal Landsburg, and Serena Ryder.

Mental health Stats

  • bellSuicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16% among 25-44 year olds
  • 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them
  • The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a 3.2 million
  • 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime
  • Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures

By Hashtagging Bell Let’s Talk, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or using their snap chat filter, Bell donates 5 cents.

The Campaign now it’s 7th year, last year alone raised over 6 million dollars to be donated to various amounts of mental health organizations

 

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