Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are slammed for their support for the mental health campaign of the telephone company blamed for the death of the schizophrenic prisoner
- Couple shared Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk campaign on Sussex Royal Instagram
- Cleve Geddes committed suicide in prison because he could not call his family
- Network prevents prisoners from collecting prison calls to mobile phones
- Mr. Geddes’ sister hurled Bell Canada’s hypocrisy and encouraged people to talk
A grieving sister who blames a telephone network for her mentally ill brother’s death smothered the company’s “friendliness” campaign after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle approved it online.
The Royals promoted Bell Let’s Talk on their SussexRoyal Instagram page, but received criticism for not investigating Bell Canada properly.
The network was mentioned as a factor in the death of Cleve Geddes, who hung himself at the age of 30.
Cleve Geddes (left) committed suicide in prison while suffering from schizophrenia after the telephone network whose mental health campaign is being promoted by Harry and Meghan (right, in Canada House) on social media
He committed suicide at the Ottawa-Carleton detention center in February 2017 after he could not call his loved ones, told his sister Sigrid Sun online.
Geddes suffered from schizophrenia and was in solitary confinement because no beds were available during a psychiatric evaluation.
He took his life after Bell Canada’s telephone policy did not allow him to make a collective call to mobile phones.
Sigrid said about the approval of the Sussexes: “It is very typical, it is a very classical behavior of celebrities to do this.
“Mental health is important to all of us and it makes them look good to talk actively about a very, very topical subject that was taboo to talk about. It makes them look good.
“Am I disappointed? I think they should be made aware that this is a media campaign to make the company look good. In the meantime, the company is destroying people’s lives. “
Mr. Geddes suffered from schizophrenia when he robbed himself of life
She called the network “extremely hypocritical” because it manages telephones in different prisons in Canada, but there is criticism that it is too expensive for prisoners.
Campaigners claim it cuts off prisoners from vital counseling and conversations with their loved ones.
Mr. Geddes’ coroner even called for a reconsideration of the telephone systems to “make it easier for detainees to make outgoing telephone calls.”
Amid the criticism, the network has been committed to promoting a mental health campaign that encourages people to support each other by talking.
Last month, the Sussexes grumbled about their decision to support Bell Let’s Talk and told social media followers: “Please share, please talk and be part of the solution.”
And they both opened up about how they had mentally struggled with royal life in the ITV documentary about their African tour.
But it seems that Bell Canada has yet to make changes, causing a huge setback by prison activists.
A spokesperson for the prisoners’ rights group has wondered why a network dealing with prisons, where people can develop mental health problems due to prison conditions, makes it more difficult for detainees to get help.
They demanded that Bell Canada cancel its “inaccessible telephone contract” and warn that if they don’t make everyone realize that they are making a profit from it.
The Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project said the network is blocking counseling and hitting them with high telephone costs.
The network charges a minimum of $ 1 per call for local calls (58p) and up to $ 30 (£ 17.50) for a 20-minute long-distance call. Prisoners can only have landlines.
Bell Canada said the current contract will expire in June and a new proposal has been submitted to the government.
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