We've been thrilled Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have felt so at home in Canada since it was revealed they were spending "private family time" here over the holidays in late 2019. And we couldn't be more happy that they've embraced our country again by supporting the Bell Let's Talk campaign!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to their Instagram Stories on Jan. 29 to support the cause, which allots 5 cents for mental health initiatives every time Canadians use the hashtag #BellLetsTalk. It also sees the company put the same amount aside every time someone watches a social media video, uses a Facebook profile photo frame or Snapchat filter specific to the important day. (Check out the Bell Let's Talk website for more information on how to participate.)
"Today is #BellLetsTalk Day," they wrote, "Where people around the world are taking action and creating positive conversations about mental health."
They shared a series of inspiring images on several slides of people holding quotes about the best ways to contribute to positive mental health and support each other. Some of the ideas included "Be there for each other" and "Be kind to everyone you meet. It goes a long way."
The couple then encouraged their followers to get involved in the campaign and help make a difference.
"Each time you watch #bell_letstalk official video on Instagram, Bell will donate 5 cents towards Canadian mental health initiatives," they wrote. "So please share, please talk and be part of the solution." They included a lovely Canadian flag emoji at the end of their message
The campaign's goal is to get Canadians talking about their mental health, break through stigma and encourage people to get help, along with ensuring everyone has access to affordable, accessible care. That's something Harry and Meghan are very passionate about! After all, the Duke of Sussex has spoken out extensively about mental health, including his own.
In 2017, he opened up to The Daily Telegraph's Bryony Gordon about the struggles he'd gone through since his mother, Princess Diana, died in 1997.
"I can safely say that losing my mom at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life, but also my work as well. I know there's huge merit in talking about your issues," he told Bryony for her podcast.
"Keeping it quiet will only ever make it worse, not just for you, but everyone else around you because you become a problem."
Harry has since gone on to become one of the world's most prominent mental health activists. He is currently working on an Apple TV+ series with Oprah Winfrey that focuses on the issue, and told Bryony last year that he has big hopes for it.
"When I did your podcast two years ago, the response made me realize what an impact sharing my story could have, and what an impact other stories can have for so many who are suffering silently," Harry told Bryony, according to The Daily Telegraph. "If the viewers can relate to the pain and perhaps the experience, then it could save lives, as we will focus on prevention and positive outcomes."
Thanks to Harry and Meghan for continuing to support this great cause. We're happy to see they're settling in to their new home and are off to a great start at supporting Canadians!