Meeting Bruno Guevremont was an experience I won’t soon forget.
An intelligent, compassionate and inspiring person, Guevremont came to Ontario Shores in his role as a Bell Let’s Talk Day Ambassador to continue his work as an advocate for mental health as a guest on our #MindVine podcast.
A 15-year veteran who had two tours of Afghanistan, Guevremont was part of an anti-explosives team; a busy outfit that dealt with more than 100 improvised explosive devices. On the podcast, he spoke about his experiences as a soldier and his return to civilian life, where his struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and mental illness became real.
In his darkest moments, Guevremont was depressed and angry. He says it was a desire to be there for his son that kept him alive. He credits medication for providing stability early in his recovery journey, and his commitment to physical fitness and his willingness to accept help as driving forces to getting him better.
An entrepreneur and who recently explored the North Pole, Guevremont led a team of soldiers as captain of Team Canada at the 2016 Invictus Games, an international athletic competition for veterans of the armed forces.
He is an ideal ambassador for Bell and its mission to increase funding and awareness for people living with mental health issues. He will be front and centre on January 25 as the entire country turns its attention to eliminating stigma and improving mental health care across Canada on Bell Let’s Talk Day.
All day on January, 25 Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health programs and organizations across Canada for:
- every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers
- every tweet using #BellLetsTalk
- every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk and every post using #BellLetsTalk
- snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Snapchat geofilter
In 2016, Bell Let’s Talk Day set new records for participation with 125.9 million messages of support, growing Bell’s funding for Canadian mental health by more than $6 million.
With the help of Guevremont and like-minded ambassadors willing to their personal story with mental illness, the 2017 initiative is sure to be the most successful Bell Let’s Talk Day to date.
Visit www.letstalk.ca for more information on Bell Let’s Talk Day.
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