Media Advisory - Kids Help Phone and Bell Let's Talk team up to talk to students about mental health

Media Advisory - Kids Help Phone and Bell Let's Talk team up to talk to 
students about mental health 
ST. JOHN'S, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Kids Help Phone and Bell Let's Talk are 
visiting a select number of schools in Canada to talk to young people about 
mental health and end the stigma around mental illness. 
Who:   Special guest Seamus O'Regan and national spokesperson for 

       Bell Let's Talk
       Lucas Allard, Clinical Outreach Manager, Kids Help Phone
    What:  Through presentations and role-play interactions, students
       will learn to demystify common misconceptions about mental
       health, understand that many people experience mental health
       struggles, and learn about essential supports like Kids Help
    Where: St. Peter's Junior High School
       100 Munden Drive
       Mount Pearl
    When:  February 11 @ 10:00am
    Why:   It is estimated that 10-20% of young people in Canada are
       affected by a mental illness or disorder - the single most    
       disabling group of disorders worldwide - but only 1 out of 5
       youth receives the mental health services they need.

Talking about mental health helps challenge misunderstanding, helps increase 
the confidence of young people to talk about mental health concerns, and 
ultimately seek help for whatever issue they may be facing - big or small - as 
an important part of working towards good mental health.

About Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is a Canadian and world leader, known for our expertise in 
providing vital, innovative, and professional counselling services to children 
and youth. Since 1989 we have offered children, teens and young adults in 
Canada a critical lifeline of hope and support, through our free, anonymous 
and confidential service. Our professional counsellors support the mental 
health and well-being of young people ages five to 20, in urban, rural, and 
remote communities, by providing one-on-one counselling, information and 
resources online and by phone. Our internationally recognized, award-winning 
websites are considered a model of child-focused interactive design, and offer 
online counseling forums and engaging, therapeutic games, tools and 
information to encourage resilience and self-care. A community-based national 
charity, Kids Help Phone receives no core government funding and relies on 
community and corporate support to keep our essential service available. We're 
there for the 6.5 million young people in Canada, 24 hours a day, 365 days a 
year, in English and in French.

*Source: represents the age group Kids Help Phone serves (from 5 to 20) 
according to Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population.

Bell Let's Talk Day is February 12
For every text message or long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant 
customers and every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and every Facebook share of our 
Bell Let's Talk message on February 12, Bell will donate another 5 cents to 
programs dedicated to mental health (regular long distance and text charges 
apply). Last year's Bell Let's Talk Day raised $3,926,014.20 in additional 
funding for mental health initiatives across the country.

About Bell Aliant 
Bell Aliant (TSX: BA) is one of North America's largest regional 
communications providers and the first company in Canada to cover an entire 
city with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology with its FibreOP™ services. 
Through its operating entities it serves customers in six Canadian provinces 
with innovative information, communication and technology services including 
voice, data, Internet, video and value-added business solutions. Bell Aliant's 
employees deliver the highest quality customer service, choice and convenience.

Liz Worth Communications Coordinator, Kids Help Phone Phone: (416) 581-8955

Rebecca Bell Community Relations Manager Bell Aliant Phone: (709) 739-2571


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