CCA Statement: Bell Let’s Talk Day

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Statement / January 25, 2016 / Project number: 16-1013

On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Bell ‘Let’s Talk’ Day gives us — Canadians and members of the Canadian Army — an opportunity to be part of a constructive, national conversation about mental health. The Army Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Alain Guimond and I are proud that the Canadian Army, for a third year, is fully engaged in promoting ways to face and address these challenges that affect us all.

The Army is hosting this year’s Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) panel discussion on mental health at Garrison Petawawa.  We’ll be welcoming Bell Let’s Talk ambassador and former Great Big Sea member Séan McCann to the panel, which will be moderated by CTV’s Kevin Newman. Mr. McCann will be joining CAF personnel as part of the panel to answer your questions about mental illness. If you can’t be there in person, I encourage you to watch the livestream of the event through the various CAF social media platforms starting at 1:00 p.m. EST. You can join in via the CAF’s Twitter and Periscope (@CanadianForces) or on Facebook. You also have the option to participate in other local events that will be organized across the country.

I would also like to encourage everyone to be part of the Bell social media campaign on Wednesday, January 27. For every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and Facebook share of the Bell Let's Talk image, Bell will donate $0.05 to programs which support mental health initiatives across Canada.

As a united Army, let’s make a commitment to learn the facts about mental illness, to listen to each other and to ask questions. Mental health is just as important as physical fitness for keeping the Canadian Army ready for any mission, anytime. Through an open and honest dialogue, we can build a greater understanding and acceptance. More importantly, together, we can all learn how to successfully overcome the challenge and stigma of mental illness, therefore leading to a better and more fulfilling life.  

If you need help, please don’t hesitate for a second, reach out through your chain of command, social media, the Mission: Ready website, to a friend or trusted colleague, or to your local CAF Health Services.  In case of an emergency, contact your local emergency room or call 911.

For too long, mental illness has been suffered in silence. We can change this! So on Wednesday, January 27, Let’s All Talk!

Strong. Proud. Ready.

Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse
Commander, Canadian Army

Chief Warrant Officer Alain Guimond
Army Sergeant Major, Canadian Army

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