Jan.28 / 2015

Superstar Athlete Clara Hughes Shares This Moving Message On Bell Let’s Talk Day

Today is a big day for helping end the stigma around mental illness. Bell Let’s Talk Day aims to get people doing just that, talking. The more we bring mental health issues into the main stream the less afraid people will be to get help. One of the people who have stepped up in a big way to share her mental health story is Olympic superstar Clara Hughes.

Clara has won six Olympic medals in two sports, two medals in cycling and four medals in speed skating. Last year she went on a journey across Canada, cycling and spreading the message of mental health openness. Her story Clara’s Big Ride airs tonight on CTV & CTV Two at 7PM/E.

When we saw her this morning we had to find out what it feels like now that the big ride is over.

“I’m so relieved it’s over but just so amazed at what it was. How many people came out. It was an amazing ride, an incredible journey. Over 235 community events, 83 school visits and the enthusiasm from young Canadians and how willing and open and ready they are to talk about mental health,” Clara shared. “It’s not about cycling. It is not about me. It is not about one person. You are going to be inspired, you are going to be educated and you are going to understand clearly what the mental health struggle is and what you can do to make a difference.”

Check out the interview below. Plus, every time you Tweet with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, share the Bell Let’s Talk Day image on Facebook or text and call as a Bell customer today, Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives.

Click here for more info on Bell Let’s Talk Day.