Published: Fri, February 01, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Mental health funding not meeting demand

Mental health funding not meeting demand

David Gabert, communications lead and project co-ordinator for CMHA, said while Bell Let's Talk raises awareness, it also gives a great platform across the country for people to look locally at what resources are available, and to realize they're not alone in their struggles.

Waterloo Region police are sharing a video to mark Wednesday's Bell Let's Talk Day, in a bid to shine a light on the need to hold a community conversation about mental health, while also focusing on how the complex issues of mental health affect police officers on and off the job.

Bell originally donated $50 million to launch the initiative.

It was back in September of 2010 when the Bell Let's Talk campaign began to ask people to have a new conversation about Canada's mental health. We are here for you when you need us. The CCH's child and youth mental health services donated door prizes, snacks and pizza.

For every text, mobile and long-distance call made on the Bell network, every tweet using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk and other social media outlets taking part, Bell contributed five cents to Canadian mental health programs.

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The CMHA accepts self-referrals for people seeking help, but Stevenson said, "We certainly encourage people to be referred by their primary care provider, just because we want to include them to the best of our ability in the care provided".

"Organizations aim to foster a psychologically safe and supportive culture, which is why HR leaders should take every opportunity to bring the conversation about mental health in the workplace to the forefront".

One option is addictions and mental health counselling, which is offered through Alberta Health Services, as well as many private counselling clinics.

He added it helps people recognize that mental health issues can be experienced, but you can still be successful.

It's Bell Let's Talk Day 2019 and you're invited to talk, text and get engaged in the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat all day long to help fight the stigma, call for action and drive Bell's donations to mental health at no cost to you.

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