On January 29th, the City of Westmount will participate in Bell Let’s Talk Day to support mental health initiatives in Canada and help foster positive change.
Mental illness affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health issue or illness in any given year. Over the past 9 years, millions of people in Canada and around the world have joined in the world’s largest conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Important steps have been taken to combat the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
In a recent survey conducted by Nielsen Consumer Insights in 2019, 84% of Canadians now say they are comfortable speaking with others about mental health, compared to only 42% in 2012.
However, much more needs to be done to ensure that all Canadians have access to the mental health care and support services they need. This year, on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Canadians are encouraged to share their actions, large and small, to improve the lives of people living with mental health issues.
For this tenth edition of Bell Let’s Talk Day, Mayor Christina M. Smith and Councillors will express their commitment to the cause by raising the Bell Let’s Talk for Mental Health flag on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 12 p.m. in front of City Hall.
Whether at home, school or work, we are all invited to start the conversation about mental health to reduce stigma and promote a better understanding of the issue. #BellLetsTalk