TORONTO (January 30, 2019) – As a proud partner of Bell and in support of the Bell Let’s Talk program, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is committed to reducing the stigma around mental health by continuing the conversation for our athletes, coaches, staff, and Canada’s sport community.

This year, the COC is honoured to tell the stories of two Team Canada Olympians who wanted to share their personal battles with mental illness in support of Bell Let’s Talk Day 2019:

Stephanie Labbé, Soccer

Labbé (Stony Plain, Alberta) is a goalkeeper for Canada’s Women’s National Team who contributed to Canada’s bronze medal-winning performance at Rio 2016. She has been part of the Canadian program since 2002, making 56 international appearances with the Women’s National Team.

In a story by award-winning journalist Michael Farber for olympic.ca, Labbé opens up about how her Rio 2016 bronze medal was a trigger for her depression, which she has been battling since 2012, and how she has learned to embrace her journey to inspire others.

Read the captivating feature presented in longform at olympic.ca.

François Imbeau-Dulac, Diving

Imbeau-Dulac (Saint-Lazare, Quebec) is a 3m springboard diver who joined the national junior team program in 2007 and has since represented Canada at multiple major events, including the Olympic Games at London 2012 and the Pan American Games in 2011 and 2015.

In a short documentary for Team Canada, Imbeau-Dulac explains how he lost control of his diet in an effort to improve his body image and developed an eating disorder prior to making his Olympic debut. He is hoping that sharing his story will allow other athletes struggling with their mental health to talk to the people they love and trust to help them with their journeys.

Watch the three-minute documentary directed and produced by the COC.

QUOTE:

“Even the most successful athletes in the world experience struggles with mental illness. Through sharing their stories today, Stephanie and François are helping to de-stigmatize mental illness and they are encouraging individuals who may be struggling with their own mental health to get the help they need. Canadians are not alone in their mental health journey, and they should feel safe to speak about their experiences. The COC is proud to support the Bell Let’s Talk program and the continued conversation around mental health in Canada.”

David Shoemaker, CEO and Secretary General, Canadian Olympic Committee

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day!

Everyone is invited to join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day by sending messages of support across multiple platforms to drive both awareness and action in mental health. Today, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of the following interactions, at no extra cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access:

  • Talk: Every mobile and every long distance call made by Bell wireless and phone customers
  • Text: Every text message sent by Bell wireless customers
  • Twitter: Every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk, featuring the special Bell Let’s Talk emoji, and Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at twitter.com/Bell_LetsTalk
  • Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at facebook.com/BellLetsTalk and use of the Bell Let’s Talk frame
  • Instagram: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at instagram.com/bell_letstalk
  • Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk filter and video view

 

To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Josh Su, Specialist, Public Relations
Canadian Olympic Committee
C: 647-464-4060
E: jsu@olympic.ca

Photi Sotiropoulos, Director, Communications and Media Relations
Canadian Olympic Committee
T: 416-324-4298 / C: 416-476-9174
E: psotiropoulos@olympic.ca