Join us in eliminating mental health stigma for Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 28, 2021. Every interaction using #BellLetsTalk on social media counts as a donation, so, get involved, and make a difference!
On any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians are unable to go to work due to mental health problems. It is for this reason that we encourage you to create an environment that supports the overall mental well-being of your family, friends, and co-workers.
How We Are Making A Difference With EveryMind Mental Health Services
In honour of #BellLetsTalk day, we are donating to EveryMind Mental Health Services! EveryMind is committed to making communities healthier and happier by putting the mental health needs of infants, children, youth, young adults, and families first. Their Community Standing Together campaign could use support to ensure that people facing mental well-being issues can be helped. Mental health is a universal experience and EveryMind does great work to help those who are struggling. Please consider joining us in supporting this wonderful organization!
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On #BellLetsTalk Day every share of our social media post about #BellLetsTalk on January 28 we will donate $1 to EveryMind Mental Health Services! This is across ALL our social media accounts, so make sure you get them all out!
5 Simple Ways to Help End the Stigma
We have the power to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness. Did you know that one in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime? For those suffering from mental illness, one of the biggest hurdles is overcoming public stigma and that is why two-thirds of people living with mental illness don’t seek assistance.
The following simple ways to help end the stigma surrounding mental health were developed by Dr. Heather Stuart, in partnership with the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research at Queen's University.
- Language Matters > don’t use the word “crazy” rather use “person with a mental illness.”
- Educate Yourself > explore the facts and myths surrounding mental illness.
- Be Kind > engage in simple acts of kindness on a daily basis.
- Listen & Ask > Ask questions and be a good listener, here’s an example of a question to ask, “Is everything okay?” and “how can I help?.”
- Talk About It > break the silence – talk about mental illness and how it impacts you.
Mental Health and COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of many individuals. While we must remain physically distant, we have to find new ways of staying connected socially and emotionally. Staying connected will support good mental health and your overall well-being. Bell Let's Talk suggests finding new ways to stay connected and practice self-care:
- have a video call over dinner
- virtual book club
- virtual fitness class with friends
For more information and ways to practice self-care during the pandemic, please visit the resource page here.
What Does Mental Health Mean To You?
Everyone has a different idea of what mental health is and that's why Bell has asked that you share what it means to you and share that on social media with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk using this sign.
Make sure you visit Bell Let's Talk website, as they have a variety of information and a toolkit for support.
Youngs Insurance is very passionate about their #GiveBackOntario initiative, as they are dedicated to making a difference in the communities they operate in throughout Ontario. #GiveBackOntario works to inspire and challenge Ontarians to get involved and give back to their communities.