Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 26 and the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington is joining in to help drive meaningful progress in mental health. COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. However, tools are available to support ourselves and each other.
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. Here are our plans for the day:
- Sharing CMHA WW stories on our social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with the focus on ‘ Keep Listening, Keep Talking’, ‘Keep Caring, Keep Talking’, ‘Keep Being There, Keep Talking’ – show some love for CMHA WW – tag us in your Bell Let’s Talk social media posts!
- CMHAs across Ontario, including CMHA Waterloo Wellington have teamed up to bring you a virtual roundtable event. Join us on January 26th in the morning or evening and learn from mental health experts and individuals with lived experience. Register here.
- Hosting a special Bell Let’s Talk edition of our monthly Finding the Balance webinar with Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik, Dr. Matthew Tenenbaum, WDG Public Health Unit and Helen Fishburn, CEO, CMHA WW at 7pm on January 26th. To register click here.
- Save $5 off registration during Bell Let’s Talk for Run for Women sign up here and use the promo code: TAKEACTION. Funds raised during the Run for Women support CMHA WW programs and services for women.
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, like CMHA WW 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.