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Breaking the silence

  • [Mary Deacon, Mary Walsh and Heather Stuart]
    Heather Stuart (right), the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair at Queen’s University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, greets entertainer Mary Walsh (middle), the master of ceremonies, and Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Mental Health Initiative. (Photo by Michelle Doucette)
  • [Marthe Bernard]
    Marthe Bernard, known for playing the role of Tinny on CBC’s Republic of Doyle, is an advocate for mental health and anti-stigma and believes strongly that we should share our experiences with one another for better understanding. In February 2014, she lost her older brother, Louis, to suicide after his long battle with mental illness. (Photo by Michelle Doucette)
  • [Bell Let's Talk and Queen's University hosted third annual mental health and anti-stigma lecture]
    The Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair was established at Queen’s in 2012 with a donation of $1 million from Bell Let’s Talk to the Queen’s Initiative Campaign. (Photo by Michelle Doucette)
  • [Mary Walsh, Heather Stuart, Marthe Bernard]
    Mary Walsh introduces Heather Stuart and Marthe Bernard. (Photo by Michelle Doucette)
  • [Audience]
    The Neptune Theatre in Halifax was packed on June 25 for the third annual Breaking the Silence lecture. (Photo by Michelle Doucette)
  • [Queen's Alumni Review on table at Bell Let's Talk lecture]
    On display at the lecture were copies of the Queen's Alumni Review. The latest edition focuses on mental health. (Photo by Michelle Doucette)

Bell Let’s Talk and Queen’s University hosted the third annual Breaking the Silence lecture on June 25 at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax. The event aimed to raise awareness about mental health and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

This year’s lecture featured Heather Stuart, the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Marthe Bernard, best known for her role on CBC’s Republic of Doyle. Entertainer Mary Walsh served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

The Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair was established at Queen’s in 2012 with a donation of $1 million from Bell Let’s Talk to the Queen’s Initiative Campaign – a university-wide campaign that began on May 1, 2006 and will culminate in 2016 with the 175th anniversary of the university.