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The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario offers increased support on Bell Let’s Talk Day

January 27, 2014 – Toronto – One in five Canadians will be impacted by a mental illness during their lifetime but because of stigma many will not seek out the help they need. Open and frank conversation around mental health issues is the first step towards ending stigma – and having help available when people need it is equally important. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) will have increased staff offering support on its Ask The Expert helpline.
 
On January 28, five counsellors across Ontario will be available to provide consultation on schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses, advise on system navigation and provide useful information on what resources are available throughout the province. “Bell’s efforts to fight stigma and raise much-needed mental health funding has been a great success,” said Mary Alberti, CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. “We want to do our part by offering a resource for people who have questions or need help right away.”
 
Last year SSO’s Ask The Expert Helpline served 1300 individuals, family members and organizations affected by mental illness and welcomes all callers with questions related to mental health. The Ask The Expert helpline is available from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST via telephone, at 1-800-449-6367, or via email at asktheexpert@schizophrenia.on.ca. You can also reach us at the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario Facebook page and on Twitter @peace_of_minds.
 
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell Canada will donate five cents to mental health initiatives across Canada for every tweet using their hashtag #BellLetsTalk, Facebook share of their page or call/text using their phone lines. The goal of the Let’s Talk campaign is to increase awareness, reduce stigma and help to change behaviours about mental health issues.
 
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people, families and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses. The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is a province-wide charitable organization that was founded in 1979 by Bill and Dorothy Jefferies in an attempt to build awareness about serious mental illnesses and to support families and individuals living with these illnesses.
 
Today the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario provides a range of support services; education initiatives; awareness, information and knowledge building programs; advocacy; youth-oriented programming and a diverse research program with both funded independent studies and in-house research; all geared to breaking down stigma and improving the quality of life for individuals who are living with schizophrenia and psychosis and their families and caregivers.
 
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Media contact: Alexander Ross, Communications Officer, Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, 416 449 6830 x 257
 
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