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Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day

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OTTAWA — For the 12and consecutive year, Canadians are invited to join the conversation on mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day.

“Led by Canadians from here and around the world, Bell Let’s Talk Day shines a light on mental health. This year’s campaign encourages everyone to continue to listen, speak up and be there for each other,” said Mary Deacon, president of Bell Let’s Talk.

“As we continue to be impacted by COVID-19, we can all play a role in staying connected, in helping to improve our mental health and wellbeing, and in helping to ensure that mental health remains a priority issue. .”

You can tune into CTV News Ottawa all day Wednesday for Bell Let’s Talk coverage.

There’s Bell Let’s Talk events happening all day across the country, including the Ottawa area.

Bell is donating five cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text message, local or long distance call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk.

The company is also donating five cents for every Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video.

Last year, these interactions raised more than $7.9 million, a new record.

CTV News Ottawa is a division of Bell Media.

Mental health resources

the Ottawa and Area Distress Center has mental health support and resources available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call 613-238-3311 anytime. You can also text 343-306-5550 to chat between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.

If you are in crisis, contact the Mental Health Crisis Line (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at 613-722-6914 or, if you are outside Ottawa, toll free at 1-866-996-0991.

If you have a young person in crisis, contact the Youth Services 24/7 Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-260-2360 or if outside Ottawa toll free at 1-877-377-7775.

Youth and young adults aged 5 to 29 can also access Kids Help Phone Around the clock for confidential and anonymous support from professional counselors. To call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT at 686868.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, Canada Suicide Prevention Service provides 24-hour bilingual support to 1-833-456-4566.

the Hope for well-being Help Line also offers immediate mental health counseling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous people. Phone and chat counseling is available in English, French, Cree, Ojibwa and Inuktitut at 1-855-242-3310.