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mental health mondays :: let's talk [begrudgingly]

this will be a quick one, because there's only so far i can go praising an initiative from bell canada before i start to vurp.

nevertheless, as much as i might detest them as a former customer [and i do], i appreciate the fact that bell has mounted a campaign for the last three years on raising awareness about and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness. the "let's talk" campaign is also, of course, a fundraising effort and bell donates money per tweet, per call, per text and per facebook share on wednesday, january 28th. they also have a community fund that provides grants to organizations seeking to improve access to mental health programs. plus they've given an arseload of money to hospitals, research bodies and organizations like kids help line.

the web site for the campaign is itself a solid resource for information on mental health issues and the corporation has even developed a nifty little toolkit so that you can organize your own mental health events/ discussions.

as i say every year, being a bell canada customer might not have been good for my personal mental health, but their "let's talk" initiative is doing a lot to help others. so yes, even bad corporations can do good things sometimes. and just as we should hold them to account when they screw up, we should give them a salute when they do things right. [otherwise they'll never learn.]

i will be making a concerted effort to create a tweetstorm on my own with their #bellletstalk hash tag, but please feel free to join in [especially if you're a bell customer, since that's where the call/ text money will come from] and speak up about your crazy and the right of all of us to have our crazy treated seriously and respectfully.

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