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It’s Let’s Talk Day… So Let’s Talk About Mental Health
February 12, 2013
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February 12 is 'Let's Talk' Day, an initiative to raise awareness of mental health issues in Canada.

Every time you text or make a long distance call (if you're a Bell customer), or Tweet using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk or share the Let's Talk image on your Facebook page, the company donates five cents to help fund mental health initiatives across Canada.

We've got spokespeople Clara Hughes and Seamus O'Regan in the red chair tonight to talk about the initiative

As for what we need to talk about, the Let's Talk website includes some thought-provoking facts.

Here's one: one in five Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives, according to the Canadian Institute of Health Research.

And it seems as if many Canadians who don't suffer from mental health problems are uncomfortable with those who do. Only 49 per cent of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness, the Canadian Medical Association found in a poll.

What are your thoughts on mental health? Have you or someone you love faced mental health issues? How would you change the conversation if you could?

Many of our guests have weighed in on mental health while in the red chair. Here are a few of those conversations.

Matthew Good on Learning to Bury the Hatchet

Margot Kidder - go to 4:29 to hear her discussing mental health

Judy Collins - go to 2:29 for her thoughts on the conversation around mental health

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Margaret Trudeau





Related:

World Mental Health Day: New Report Says Mental Illness Impact On Society Bigger Than Cancer

WHO: Dementia Is On The Rise Around The World

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