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SSO to Offer Increased Support on Bell Let’s Talk Day

January 21, 2015 – 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 honest conversation around mental health issues is the first step towards ending stigma and having access to appropriate services and support is crucial.  On Bell Let’s Talk Day, taking place this year on January 28,  the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) will have increased staff available to offer support on its Ask the Expert (ATE) helpline.
 
Four 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 funds for much-needed mental health initiatives and programs has been a great success,” said Mary Alberti, CEO of SSO. “We want to do our part by offering a resource for people who have questions or need help right away.”
 
ATE welcomes all individuals with questions related to mental health and is available from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST via telephone at 1-800-449-6367 ex 251, 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 for every tweet using the #BellLetsTalk hashtag, Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk image and text message, long distance and wireless call on the Bell network, Bell will donate five cents to mental health initiatives across Canada. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness, reduce stigma and help to change behaviours about mental health issues.

Read about five simple ways to end stigma for Bell Let's Talk here
 
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario 
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people, families and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychosis. The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is a province-wide charitable organization that was founded in 1979 in an attempt to build awareness about serious mental illnesses and to support families and individuals living with these illnesses.

Today SSO provides support services; education; awareness; advocacy; youth programming and a diverse research program 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: Amanda White, Communications Officer, Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, 416 449 6830 x 257
 
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