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RAISING AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE – Jason Wolsky, with the Whitehorse Fire Department, raises the Bell Let’s Talk flag Wednesday morning at city hall. Yukon government leaders and Bell Canada representatives look on.

City raises flag to support mental health cause

The Bell Let’s Talk flag was raised Wednesday at city hall in support of the 13th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day.

By Whitehorse Star on January 26, 2023

The Bell Let’s Talk flag was raised Wednesday at city hall in support of the 13th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day.

By raising the flag, Whitehorse joined the world’s largest conversation about mental health, encouraging community members to take action today and every day for mental health.

“Raising the Bell Let’s Talk flag is a visible reminder to the community that mental health matters and that help is available,” said event organizers.

Community leaders joined Mayor Laura Cabott and Northwestel Inc. representatives at city hall to share what their organizations and governments are doing to tackle mental health challenges in the Yukon.

Premier Ranj Pillai, elder Lorraine Netro, Northwestel president Curtis Shaw and Tiffany Tasane, with the Canadian Mental Health Association Yukon, spoke about the importance of mental health support in the North.

Whitehorse joined more than 100 communities and partners around Canada that hoisted the flag to show support for mental health in their communities and to help create positive change.

Bell Let’s Talk provided practical examples of ways to create change:

• Choose a mental health organization to learn about or support.

• Help a friend struggling with their mental health by learning how to support them.

• Ask about how your school, workplace or community is creating change for mental health.

• Nurture your own well-being by practising and learning mental health strategies.

• Get involved in a mental health initiative or organize an event to support mental health.

• Engage in conversations about mental health to fight stigma.

Comments (13)

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TheHammer on Jan 29, 2023 at 12:33 pm

An open invitation to come to Yukon.

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Honor gaurd on Jan 27, 2023 at 8:38 pm

Well…… Liberals and the NDP aaannnd Bell, the phone company that listens to your conversations and the Liberals/NDP that take away your rights, give out free drugs, go easy on criminals, tramp all over our constitutional rights are worried about yours/mine mental health….now that is rich lol.

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Juniper Jackson on Jan 27, 2023 at 5:39 pm

SH: Yeah, I was being sarcastic. Every one knows about mental health, everyone has suffered a mental problem, maybe for one day, maybe for life. A flag really doesn't do a thing but give politician's some face time.

You know what really helps people with problems? Is it a flag? nope..is it a phone number? nope.. It's hands on help, it's qualified people, and i have seen a Mother who loved so much, It's not saying, oh..here's your' six weeks up.. you're fine..be on your way.. it's recognizing that many mentally ill people hide that. They know they aren't right, and they hide it. The biggest problem in helping mentally ill people, is trust. They don't trust someone who doesn't give a crap, has no vested interest in them with their..inner selves. Some need drugs, manic depression, dementias. That's another level of the disease. But they all have one thing in common. Trust.

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bonanzajoe on Jan 27, 2023 at 4:52 pm

Finally, a day to honor politicians.

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SH on Jan 27, 2023 at 8:47 am


I sense sarcasm in your post. The flag represents a cause, and those who see the flag might be encouraged to support that cause. Even if the raising of the flag doesn't help anybody, the cause that prompted the raising of the flag might.

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iBrian on Jan 27, 2023 at 4:53 am

Everyone’s mental health would be better if we didn’t have this Government in power.
Large majority of people don’t have independence.
This stems from the poor education system. Lack of accountability in Leadership.
The Banks as well have a large contribution to this by loaning irresponsible people money they Banks know the people can’t pay back. So now the Banks raise the rates instead of the debt threshold making it more expensive to borrow.
As well you have this whole Rainbow group suffering from a wide range of mental health issues.
Yeah, think talking is done, time to start making people except responsibility for themselves and thier family.

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Far Canal on Jan 27, 2023 at 3:58 am

How about something that would be of use…like, say, more mental health services. WTF…a flag! An effing FLAG! In the words of a certain character, “This town needs an aenema”!

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Jack on Jan 26, 2023 at 10:12 pm

Virtue signalling at best.

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Boots brown on Jan 26, 2023 at 5:54 pm

I feel the legalized drug lords
Should test the drugs out on themselves 1st before prescribing the drugs to patients.
I'm in the illegal diamond fields in Venezuela and there's no people with mental problems down here.

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Matthew on Jan 26, 2023 at 3:33 pm

Mental health? Nothing more mental than giving free drugs to addicts. Along with condoms and lube.. sorry leftists, hard facts right there.. addicts need an ear, need recovering addicts to talk to, they need ambition and something to look forward to everyday to keep their minds occupied. They need tough love. With little hope on the horizon things will only get worse before they get better.

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Juniper Jackson on Jan 26, 2023 at 2:43 pm

Raising a flag is always very helpful to the mentally ill.

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Let’s not & say we did on Jan 26, 2023 at 12:22 pm

Be careful who you trust to discuss your mental health issues or concerns. (Hint: it’s probably not your mayor or your telecommunications provider.)

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Wilf Carter on Jan 26, 2023 at 12:10 pm

Great cause great support

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