For Immediate Release

For immediate release
A spectacular day for Canada’s mental health: A record 122,150,772 million tweets,
texts, calls and shares on Bell Let’s Talk Day – and a new Bell donation for mental
health of $6,107,538.60
Clara Hughes and the Bell Let’s Talk team carried the mental health conversation across all
media platforms and to school assemblies and local events across Canada
#BellLetsTalk was the #1 trend on Twitter in Canada and #1 worldwide with 4,775,708 tweets
– 58.3% more than last year
Bell donates 5 cents for calls, text, tweets and shares on each Bell Let’s Talk Day – this
year’s results grow Bell’s total commitment to Canadian mental health to $73,623,413.80
MONTRÉAL, January 29, 2015 – Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015 set new records as Canadians
everywhere joined Clara Hughes and the Bell Let’s Talk team in the campaign that is sparking a
worldwide conversation about mental health.
A record 122,150,772 calls, tweets, texts, calls and shares on Bell Let’s Talk Day yesterday
means Bell will donate a further $6,107,538.60 to Canadian mental health programs. With its
original Bell Let’s Talk donation of $50 million in 2010 and the results of the last 5 Bell Let’s Talk
Days, Bell has now committed $73,623,413.80 to Canadian mental health.
“Wow! Thank you everyone, everywhere! I am just in awe at your incredible support for the
people in our lives and all around us who struggle with mental illness. You’re part of the growing
conversation that will ultimately free Canada from the stigma that surrounds mental illness,” said
Clara Hughes, Canadian Olympian and Bell Let’s Talk national spokesperson. “We’ve made so
much progress with Bell Let’s Talk and the mental health movement over the past 5 years.
There’s much more to do to fight the stigma and help people get the help they need, and I cannot
thank you enough for taking the mental health conversation further than ever before.”
“Our most sincere thanks to Clara Hughes and the entire Bell Let’s Talk team, including Michel
Mpambara, Stefie Shock, Michael Landsberg, Howie Mandel, Mary Walsh, Kevin Breel, Shea
Emry, Andrew Jensen and Robb Nash, for sharing their personal stories and encouraging
Canadians all around the country to join the mental health conversation,” said Mary Deacon,
Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “With so many individuals, government leaders, businesses and other
organizations actively joining in, we’re truly on our way to creating a stigma-free Canada.”
“We know that mental illness touches all of us in some way, that it has a powerful impact on
individual lives, on families, on our entire national economy. We’re grateful that Canadians have
embraced the mental health cause, with a level of engagement in this year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day
and the anti-stigma message that was truly remarkable,” said George Cope, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Bell Canada and BCE. “As the top Twitter trend on the planet, with
messages of support and hope from people around the globe, and the endorsement of
international leaders and celebrities, this year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day really showed that there is
universal desire for action in mental health. Once again, Canada leads the way.”
Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015 resulted in a total of 122,150,772 interactions in the 28.5 hours between
midnight Newfoundland time and midnight Pacific time, including tweets using #BellLetsTalk,
Facebook shares of the Bell Let’s Talk image, and text messages, mobile calls and long distance
calls by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers – an 11.6 % increase over the 109,451,718 total
interactions on Bell Let’s Talk Day last year.
#BellLetsTalk was the top Twitter trend yesterday in Canada and worldwide (up from #3
worldwide last year), with #stopthestigma, #endthestigma, #mentalhealthawareness and
#sicknotweak trending throughout the day. The 4,775,708 total tweets and retweets on Bell Let’s
Talk Day 2015 were 58.3% more than the 3,016,621 sent in 2014.
Support came from leaders such as Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Stephen
Harper, leaders of Canada’s political parties and other members of Parliament, provincial and
territorial premiers and ministers, mayors and other civic leaders across Canada, hospitals and
universities, the Canadian Armed Forces, police and fire departments, Olympians, professional
sports teams and players, major corporations and a broad range of the most high-profile
Canadian and U.S. entertainers and other celebrities who drove hundreds of thousands of
retweets from fans. To see these conversations, please visit
Bell Let’s Talk extends sincere thanks and appreciation to the more than 200 Bell community and
mental health partners, chambers of commerce, and schools, colleges and universities across
Canada that joined the conversation through events, social media, websites, and newsletters.
We also thank the many corporations, media, sports teams and other organizations that helped
promote the Bell Let’s Talk anti-stigma message:
Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
AOL Canada
Banff World Media Festival
Basketball Canada
Calgary Stampede
Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian Curling Association
Canadian Film Centre
Canadian Media Production Association
Canadian Olympic Committee
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Canadian Soccer Association
Caribbean Carnival Toronto Festival
Cinémas Guzzo
Cogeco / MetroMedia
Culture Days
Festival d’été de Québec
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Hot Docs
The Globe and Mail
Lamar Advertising
La Presse / Gesca
MLSE - Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
Montréal Canadiens
Montréal en Lumière
Monster Media
National Basketball Association Canada
National Football League Canada
National Newswatch
National Post / Postmedia Network
Ottawa Senators
Outfront Media
Pattison Outdoor
Rogers Communications
Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto FC
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Raptors
Toronto Star / Torstar
Twitter Canada
Universal Music Canada
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
V Télé
The Weather Network / Météomédia
The Writers Guild of Canada
Zoom Media
Bell Media marked Bell Let’s Talk Day with more than 50 hours of special mental health-themed
programming aired across its properties, including CTV, CTV Two, BNN, CP24, CTV News
Channel, Discovery, E!, M3, Much, MTV, RDS, Space, TSN, CraveTV, and, as well
as Bell Media digital, radio, and local TV platforms throughout the day.
That includes CLARA’S BIG RIDE, a powerful documentary chronicling Clara Hughes’ epic 110day bicycle journey to help build a Canada free of the stigma of mental illness. Aired in primetime
on CTV and CTV Two on Bell Let’s Talk Day, you can view CLARA’S BIG RIDE on CraveTV, and CTV GO.
5 simple ways to help end the stigma
We can all help end the stigma around mental illness with these 5 simple ways, developed in
partnership with Dr. Heather Stuart of Queen’s University, the world’s first research chair in antistigma issues:
Language matters - pay attention to the words you use about mental illness
Educate yourself - learn, know and talk more, understand the signs
Be kind - small acts of kindness say a lot
Listen and ask - sometimes it's best to just listen
Talk about it - start a dialogue, break the silence
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative
Bell Let’s Talk promotes mental health based on 4 action pillars – anti-stigma, care and access,
research, and workplace best practices. The initiative supports mental health leaders across the
country including the Royal Ottawa Hospital, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal,
Hôpital Charles-LeMoyne, Montreal Jewish Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
(CAMH), the University of British Columbia, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute,
Queen’s University, La Fondation du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec, Concordia
University, Brain Canada, Kids Help Phone, Sunnybrook Hospital, Université Laval Foundation,
CHU Sainte-Justine and, Vancouver General Hospital.
The annual Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund supports front-line mental health organizations in
every region of the country. The Fund has provided grants of $5,000 to $50,000 to hundreds of
community organizations focused on improving access to programs and services that support
people living with mental health issues.
To learn more about Bell Let’s Talk, please visit
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