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Kawartha Lakes Mayor discusses importance of mental health awareness

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

KAWARTHA LAKES: Kawartha Lakes’ mayor commented on the importance of Bell Let’s Talk Day, at the start of a meeting, on Tuesday, January 25th.

“It is a day to reach out, breakthrough barriers, conquer stigma and help combat the feeling we’re alone. After the last couple of years we’ve had, it’s no wonder so many in our community are struggling,” Mayor Andy Letham said. “I especially want to thank our staff on the frontlines for being there year-round for those who are facing mental health challenges. That includes, in particular, our staff in Human Services, Fire[fighters], paramedics and our two police services.”

Bell Let’s Talk Day, an annual mental health awareness event, was held on Wednesday, January 26th. On this day, Bell donates five cents to Canadian mental health programs for every text, tweet, or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk.

“Led by Canadians at home and around the world, Bell Let’s Talk Day puts a spotlight on mental health. This year’s campaign encourages everyone to keep listening, keep talking and keep being there for each other,” Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative, said in a press release. “As we continue to be impacted by COVID-19, we can all play a part, to stay connected, to help improve our mental health and wellness, and help ensure mental health remains a priority issue.”

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