About Bell Let’s Talk
The Bell Let’s Talk initiative began in September of 2010, with a goal of starting the conversation about mental health and mental illness in Canada. Bell Canada aims to move mental health awareness in a positive direction through their four pillars. These pillars include:
- Anti-stigma: a movement to get rid of the negative stigma surrounding mental illness through education, awareness and understanding, allowing all to feel capable of speaking freely and shame-free about their mental health conditions
- Supporting care and access to care for mental health needs – this includes organizations, hospitals, and universities
- Promotion and involvement of research around mental health and illnesses to better understand signs, symptoms, treatments and cures
- Promoting the importance of mental health in the workplace, as mental health issues are the leading cause of disability in Canada
The money that is fund raised through the Bell Let’s Talk movement goes towards all these pillars, and adds up to a current total of $93, 423, 628.80 in donations. This year Bell is hoping to reach 100 million dollars in donations. You can download the Bell Let’s Talk Toolkit HERE – it includes lots of information regarding mental health backed up by statistics and research, posters, infographics, and tips on how to start the conversation surrounding mental health.
Bell Let’s Talk Day 2019
This year, Bell Let’s Talk Day is occurring on January 30th, 2019. For each of the following done by any individual on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell Canada Donates 5 cents towards mental health initiatives:
- Every text message and phone call sent or made by Bell Canada users (iMessage not included)
- Every tweet, Facebook status, or Instagram post made with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk
- Every time the Bell Let’s Talk Day video is watched
- Every SnapChat picture or video sent using the Bell Let’s Talk filter
As amazing as Bell Let’s Talk Day is, mental health and mental illness are two topics that should be discussed frequently, much more than one day a year. Here are some other things you can do year-round to support the movement to increase mental health awareness:
- Educate yourself on the importance of maintaining mental health, building resiliency, and on the different types of mental illnesses for a better understanding and less judgmental viewpoint
- Use appropriate language when talking about mental health – avoid phrases like “crazy”, “psycho”, or implications that someone’s mental illness is not valid
- Talk openly and freely about mental health and mental illness whenever you can – let those around you know there is nothing wrong with taking care of mental health
- If someone you know is having mental health concerns or is diagnosed with a mental illness, show support by listening to their concerns and asking how you can help
Mental Health in the Workplace
As mentioned above, mental illness is the leading cause of disability in the workplace, affecting an estimated 1 in 5 Canadians daily. People in all different professions miss work due to mental health concerns, ranging anywhere from single day call-ins to long term disability leaves. It’s important for employers to know how to help with mental health issues in the workplace. Above, there are some tips for supporting mental illness and positive mental health that everyone can use and benefit from. When it comes to mental health and the workplace, there are some other strategies that can also be implemented:
- Keep an open and stigma-free work environment. Encourage the conversation around mental health and encourage employees to take care of their mental well being. Check out our Tuesday Tips for fast and easy tips to assist with this!
- Attend our Managing Mental Health Issues and Return to Work Workshop! Learn the skills to assist in the transition back to work and gain insight to successful stay at work solutions for those with mental health concerns – space is running out: REGISTER NOW
- Request Occupational Therapist intervention – Occupational Therapists have the tools and resources to properly assess an employee, determine best treatment practices and assist the employee in staying at work through coping strategies, cognitive behavioural therapy and routine building
- Practice Resiliency and Mindfulness – both of which are statistically proven to improve mental well-being
- Check out our Mental Health Webinars for more mental health resources for your workplace!
- If you would like learn more about our mental health in the workplace resources, Click here to Contact Us!
If you would like to make a direct donation to the Bell Let’s Talk initiative, click here!
If you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis, please call 911 or go directly to your local hospital.
Bell Canada. (2019) Bell Let’s Talk. Retrieved from https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/