January 29th, 2019
Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 30. This is a day to raise awareness and continue the conversation around mental health. One in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime. A big hurdle for anyone living with mental illness is overcoming the stigma and a major reason why those suffering do not seek help.
We want to encourage the conversation and help end the stigma.
Having our students experience a caring learning environment that addresses their well-being is important to us. We recognize and appreciate the relationship between student mental health and academic success.
We also understand that many families are looking for support and resources for children who may be struggling with anxiety. The WRDSB has developed a Caregivers Guide to Accessing Support for Students With Anxiety to help.
It can be hard to speak with our children about mental health because it is not always easy to know the right things to say. Check out our online mental health and well-being resources for tips on getting the conversation started and how to access support for your child.
How can I participate in #BellLetsTalk?
Participating is as simple as tweeting, just once.
We invite you to follow and tag us on Twitter to join the larger conversation. Bell will donate 5 cents to support a variety of mental health programs in Canada each time the #BellLetsTalk hashtag is used and retweeted.
Sample Draft Tweets:
- I am participating in #BellLetsTalk Day with @wrdsb.
- Mental health matters to me and I want to be the change that helps #EndTheStigma with #BellLetsTalk. Uniting with @wrdsb.
- I am a person my family and friends can talk to when they need support. #BellLetsTalk
- Need support? If you or someone you know is struggling with their #mentalhealth, please contact @ConnexOntario, a 24-hour mental health helpline 1-866-531-2600. Or, if support is needed immediately, call 911. You’re not alone. It’s okay to reach out for help! #BellLetsTalk
Together, let’s help end the mental health stigma for our students, friends, loved ones, and everyone else around us.