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Bell Let’s Talk Day January 24th ,2024

Selfadvocatenet.com is in support of Bell Let’s Talk Day January 24th,2024

Millions of people including Self Advocates who have a disability go through tough times during the year.

Some stressors could include addiction, loss or concerns about money. Some folks may be survivors of abuse or experiencing homelessness. We need to be aware of the people around us. We need to support people as much as we can and acknowledge the stigma that some people with mental health issues face. All people deserve to be cared for and valued, have a sense of hope and belonging. Let’s be aware and encourage and support each other. Sometimes all it takes is someone to listen.

What is Bell Lets Talk Day

Bell Let’s Talk highlights Canadian mental health organizations and encourages everyone to take meaningful action to create real change for mental health.

In September 2010, we launched the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative, the largest corporate commitment to mental health in Canada focused on 4 key action pillars: fighting the stigma, improving access to care, supporting world class research and leading by example in workplace mental health.

Bell Let’s Talk is reducing the stigma around mental illness and improving access to mental health care with support for organizations in every province and territory. We are well on our way to achieving our $155 million funding commitment for mental health initiatives by 2025.

 

The data about Mental Health and Disability in 2024.

 

 

 

Bell Lets Talk Conversation Guide

Tool to Start a one on one Conversation About Many of challenges of Mental Health

 

 

Message from the Minister of Health and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

and Associate Minister of Health – Bell Let’s Talk Day

January 24, 2024 | Ottawa, ON | Health Canada

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, an annual awareness campaign designed to help promote open conversations about mental health and well-being.

This year’s theme, “Let’s create real change,” underscores the continued need to take action. While talking is a great starting point, for us, this initiative has always been about more than that. Together with a diversity of partners, we are making progress and improving the ways we talk about, and care for, our mental health.

There is no health without mental health, and getting treatment should be no different than it is for a physical injury or illness. This is why, the Government of Canada has made supporting the mental health and well-being of everyone in Canada a priority, including by proposing to cut GST/HST from psychotherapy and counselling for all Canadians. We want to continue to make real change.

Real change can start with just one step. We all have a role to play in helping to improve how we talk about mental health. By addressing and talking about stigma related to poor mental health, we help make it easier for someone who is struggling to ask for help. When we listen to someone in need, we help.

Tragically, an average of 12 people die by suicide every day in Canada, and more than 200 people attempt suicide. Suicide rates among men and boys and are especially concerning. Men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women. We also know that some First Nations people, Métis and Inuitcommunities have suicide rates that are  higher than the rate among non-Indigenous people. Youth and Indigenous communities can find help by reaching out to Kids Help Phone and Hope For Wellness.

Last fall, Canada took a major step forward to reach people in need. The 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline, a national three-digit number for suicide prevention support, launched on November 30, 2023. 9-8-8 provides people in Canada with free access to 24/7/365, bilingual, trauma-informed, and culturally appropriate suicide prevention support by phone and text. When you call or text 9-8-8, trained crisis responders will listen to you and provide judgment-free support with compassion. Remember, if you need support, there is hope. This is a safe space for you to talk.

Today and all year long, we encourage you to take action to improve and protect your mental health and the mental health of your loved ones. Learn more about getting help with mental health and substance use by visiting canada.ca/mental-health. By working together and supporting each other, we can help make a positive change in our communities, schools, and workplaces.

Together, we can create real change.

The Honourable Ya’ara Saks, P.C., M.P.

The Honourable Mark Holland, P.C., M.P.

Contacts

Alexander Fernandes
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ya’ara Saks
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions
and Associate Minister of Health
613-290-0318

Christopher Aoun
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Mark Holland
Minister of Health
613-291-4176

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983
media@hc-sc.gc.ca

This is on Govt of Canada Website go to the link here

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