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
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
SOURCE: BELL ALIANT INC.
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