Canadian Army embraces Bell’s annual Let’s Talk mental health campaign

Video / June 21, 2016 / Project number: ncr-vid-bell-lets-talk

(Music begins. Fade up from black to bilingual Canadian Army logo. Fade out music.)

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Colonel Conrad Mialkowski:

Mental health issues affect us all.

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There's not a single man or woman in uniform who doesn't know somebody, or themselves that have been affected with a mental health issue, and so I believe, just us recognizing that is the first start. Talking about it, having a conversation, opening a dialogue instead of debates about what is right or what is wrong about mental health, is what we want to achieve here today. All of that sort of to reinforce our operational readiness by being a fit and strong Force.

(Cut to wide shot of audience in front of stage with Kevin Newman at the podium and guest speakers seated)

Kevin Newman:

We're particularly glad to see so many young faces in the room,

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the next generation of soldiers, because you know, the men I hang with are in their forties and fifties,

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veterans of Afghanistan and Kosovar wars, and they weren't emotionally

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equipped to talk about this stuff. Hopefully, because we're getting in early with so many of the young soldiers in the room here,

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that will change.

(Cut to close up shot of Private Kurtis Olichny.)

Private Kurtis Olichny: I think it's really important to just draw attention to mental health issues. It's a problem that affects everyone, not just limited to the military, but all throughout society today.

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Séan McCann:

I drank for 33 years,

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more and more heavily every year, instead of dealing with that problem, because I was afraid, I guess. I kept that secret for way too long, and it almost killed me, and I guess

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that might be something some of us have in common.

Major Michele McCashion:

It`s very difficult sometimes to speak to people

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that you don`t think that can relate to your experience, and I use tour as an example. Okay, you`re not going to understand what my experience is because you`ve never been on tour,

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okay? And I hear that a lot in our field. Well I have been on tour, I know what it`s like. So, that`s a perspective that I have. Now, I have a lot of civilian people working with me, and they have never experienced that, they will never experience that, but what I can tell you is

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that everybody that works with me, and I`m sure across Canada at Mental Health, if you share your experience, they`re open to hearing and going that journey. So they don`t have to live it to be able to help you deal with that.

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(Cut to close up of Séan McCann.)

Séan McCann (sings):

...I am not alone!

Thank you for moving me today, thank you for this.

(Dissolve to medium shot of audience, applauding.)

Thank you for what you do.

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