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The Job Safety Skills Society is taking part in Bell Let’s Talk Day on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. As advocates for health and safety in our workplaces and in our communities, we recognize the importance of mental wellbeing among youth and people of all ages. On January 31, we’re joining the worldwide conversation about mental health. Bell Let’s Talk Day aims to end the stigma behind mental illness. “One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma attached to it. The annual Bell Let’s Talk awareness campaign and Day is driving the national conversation to help reduce this stigma and promote awareness and understanding and talking is an important first step towards lasting change.” Bell Let’s Talk Day began in September of 2010, when Canada initiated a much-needed conversation about mental health. At that time, conversations about mental health were scarce. From the inception of the Bell Let’s Talk awareness campaign, millions of Canadians – including leading personalities – joined the conversation, offering new ideas and glimmers of hope for the increasing number of people who struggle with mental illness. “As a result, institutions and organizations large and small in every region received new funding for access, care and research, from Bell Let’s Talk and from governments and corporations that have joined the cause. Bell’s total donation to mental health programs now stands at $86,504,429.05 and we are well on our way to donating at least $100 million through 2020.”

There are many ways to participate in Bell Let’s Talk Day: learn appropriate language to use when discussing mental illness, educate yourself, be kind, listen and ask, talk about it, become an ambassador, or donate to the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. Get all the information you need to engage in conversation about mental health with the Bell Let’s Talk Toolkit.