Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 26 and we’re joining in to help drive meaningful progress in mental health.
Since 2010, Canadians and people around the globe have joined in the world’s largest conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Together we have taken big steps to reduce the stigma around mental health issues and inspire one another to take action and help create a Canada where everyone can access the mental health support they need. In a recent survey conducted by Nielsen Consumer Insights, 82% of Canadians now say they are comfortable speaking with others about mental health, compared to only 42% in 2012. By joining in and taking action, we are all helping to make a real difference.
This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign highlights the ways that we can support ourselves and those we care about through actions like listening, being there and talking. Every Canadian can play a part in their communities, workplaces, schools and at home. That’s why we’re joining in the 12th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day to help create positive change.
COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. However, tools are available to support ourselves and each other.
CMHA, Alberta Division offers community-based projects across the province to promote better mental health. These projects include:
- The Rural Mental Health Network (RMHN) is a community-development project promoting mental health in rural communities.
- Learn more about how the RMHN strengthens mental health in rural communities at ruralmentalhealth.ca/
- OSI-CAN facilitates peer group support and relationship building for military, first responders and public safety personnel dealing with operational stress injuries (OSI) and post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI).
- Find first responder community-based peer support at osicanab.ca/
- Healthy Campus Alberta is a community of practice made up of committed individuals and organizations who have a shared mission to create an inclusive, collaborative and community-integrated approach to mental health and wellness on campuses.
- Learn more about how you can promote mental health on campus at healthycampusalberta.ca/
- Recovery Colleges offer a range and variety of recovery-focused courses designed for individuals, families, the workplace, and cultural and spiritual communities.
- Find free mental health recovery courses near you at alberta.cmha.ca/recoverycollege
- Youth Hubs Alberta provide youth-friendly, prevention focused spaces that integrate wellness, addiction and mental health services. The project offers peer support, social services and primary health care to youth.
- Find your nearest Youth Hub location at youthhubsalberta.cmha.ca/
Keep listening, talking and being there for ourselves and each other.
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, local or long distance call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, every Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video, and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat lens. All at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access.
You can also find resources, learn more about some of the organizations providing meaningful mental health supports and services throughout Canada and download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to begin your own conversation about mental health at home, school or in the workplace.
Please join us this Bell Let’s Talk Day by showing your support for all those who live with mental illness and those taking action to help them.