Many companies talk about mental health, but did you know Telus puts its money where its global telecommunications leader of a mouth is?
Last year, Telus—home of Canada’s most reliable 4G mobile network—donated (in part) $450,000 of funding to mental health initiative The Sandbox Project.
“TELUS is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of children and youth and fully supports the acceleration of healthcare transformation through the important work and research of partners like The Sandbox Project,” said Paul Lepage, president, TELUS Health in a press release. “Over the past 13 years, TELUS has contributed more than $100 million in funding to organizations focused on improving the health and well-being of the communities where we live, work and serve.”
Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, Telus looks after its nearly 30,000 employees through company “wellness” teams and supportive managers.
Telus has $11.8 billion of annual revenue and 13.5 million customer connections, including 8.0 million wireless subscribers, 3.2 million wireline network access lines, 1.45 million Internet subscribers and 888,000 TELUS TV customers.
Often invisible, mental illness is one of the most pervasive health issues in the country with far-reaching consequences for Canadians. One in five people will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives, and most will be reluctant to talk to a co-worker, friend or family member about their struggle. Eliminating the stigma around mental illness, is an important step we can all take regardless of who’s funding it.
Other companies are also raising awareness.