With #BellLetsTalk a few days away I thought I’d take a moment to talk about supporting people who are struggling and use a scene in the movie A Star is Born as an example of how much words matter.

Mental health indirectly affects all Canadians at some time in their lives through a family member, friend or colleague. In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. Suicide is among the leading causes of death for Canadians aged 15-24, second only to accidents.

4,000 people in Canada die every year by suicide.

Are you in crisis or having thoughts of suicide?

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate assistance:

  • go to your nearest hospital
  • call 911
  • call 24/7 1-833-456-4566