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 
TORONTO, Feb. 11, 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 Clara Hughes, six-time Canadian Olympic medalist 


        and national spokesperson for Bell Let's Talk
         
        Caitlin Parsons, professional counsellor, Kids Help Phone
         
        Elevated Grounds, a youth-led organization that promotes
        awareness about positive mental health and wellness through
        the performing arts and educational presentations


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 Phone. 


         

Where:  Greenwood College School
        443 Mount Pleasant Rd (Mt Pleasant Road & Davisville Avenue)
        Toronto, ON
         

When:   February 12, 2013
        10 am


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, CANSIM, table 051-0001. Last modified: 
2010-09-29. 
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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 
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and 
business with solutions to all their communications needs: Bell Mobility 
wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell Satellite TV and Bell Fibe TV, Bell 
Home Phone local and long distance, and Bell Business Markets IP-broadband and 
information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell Media is 
Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio 
and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the 
country's most-watched specialty channels. Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. 
(TSX, NYSE: BCE). For Bell products and services, please visit Bell.ca. For 
BCE corporate information, please visit BCE.ca. 
Liz Worth Communications Coordinator, Kids Help Phone Phone: (416) 581-8955 
liz.worth@kidshelpphone.ca 
SOURCE: Kids Help Phone 
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