Dawn Boylan, the Bell Aliant Senior Community Investment Manager said 210 Canadian universities and colleges are registered for the Bell Let's Talk campaign this year, with a large growth in the number of colleges from previous years.
"We wanted to showcase our new building as an inviting space, ensuring that youth are comfortable in reaching out should they need help some day", said Deena Shorkey, director of child and youth mental health services at Cornwall Community Hospital.
An important step for people to get help for mental health issues is to encourage the conversation, Stevenson said. Two dollars of every ticket will be donated to mental health initiatives in the Southern Tier.
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For every text, mobile and long-distance call made on the Bell network, every tweet using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk and other social media outlets taking part, Bell contributed five cents to Canadian mental health programs.
Kyra Gillert, enrolment services co-ordinator for the Student Success Centre at the U of L, said one of Bell's main points of their campaign is that talking is one of the best ways to reduce barriers for mental health and to reduce the stigma that surrounds it. "We've always known it was there, but there was so much hesitancy to ask for help in the past and that's really changing". "There's actually a lot in Medicine Hat to provide assistance to people in a crisis, or if you just need to talk to somebody".
The grants are given out on one-year terms and the deadline to apply for the next round of funding is March 15, 2019.
"Organizations aim to foster a psychologically safe and supportive culture, which is why HR leaders should take every opportunity to bring the conversation about mental health in the workplace to the forefront. We're grateful to these leading organizations for encouraging everyone to get engaged in the mental health cause and make sure our voices are heard on what promises to be the biggest Bell Let's Talk Day ever", added Deacon in a statement.