$1M grant extends mental health and anti-stigma research at Queen's University

Hannah Wallace a varsity rugby player at Saint Mary’s University is using her personal experiences to speak out on mental health. Jan. 25 marks the seventh annual Bell Let’s Talk day

Hughes, who won six Olympic medals in cycling and speedskating, is Bell Let's Talk's spokesperson and has used her own experiences with depression to shed more light on the issue.

A mental health initiative promoted by telecommunications company Bell Canada has gained momentum via social networks.

Six-time Olympic medal victor Clara Hughes has been the frank public face of the year-round campaign, joined this year by a host of high-profile Canadians, including comedian Howie Mandel, singer Serena Ryder, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, and Quebec comedian Michel Mpambara.

Today, the organization will donate 5 cents towards mental health programs for every tweet and retweet with #BellLetsTalk.

A million-dollar grant to Queen's University means that a five-year mental health and anti-stigma research effort will continue. This year, the program has also enlisted varsity athletes at 54 university across the country to raise awareness at sporting events and rallies.

"The importance of stigma reduction is that it helps students to talk more openly about mental health, create support systems, and learn about the available resources".

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The local CMHA offers several services and programs for people with a mental health problem or illness as well as education and training programs related to mental health.

Since 2013, this group has brought together more than 350 students, community members, and volunteers every year to raise over $44,000 for a charity providing mental health services in Calgary.

Mary Deacon, chair of the Bell Let's Talk initiative, said great strides have made in mental health awareness and treatment, but she added that two-thirds of the people who need treatment don't seek it because of fear of the stigma. Hibbard said they key there is also getting it out in the open.

"It's just incredible the difference you can see". "The fact that they are here and want to talk is a sea change for me".

"Addressing mental health in the same positive way we address physical health is a vital part of sustaining and supporting a healthy workforce". "So we hope the number is even bigger this year, which really helps send that message that Canadians care about mental health".

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