Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 26, 2022!

Mark your calendars for the 12th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day and stay tuned to our website and social media accounts for more information on how you can join in.

Bell Let's Talk launches BIPOC mental health podcast series

Health experts and guests with lived experience discuss the impacts of racism on mental health.

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COVID-19 resources

Maintaining good mental and physical health during the COVID-19 situation will help ensure Canadians get through this together. Connect to tips and online resources from our partners to support and help manage your mental health through this difficult time.

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When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts.

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5 simple ways to end the stigma and start a conversation

Stigma can often prevent those struggling with a mental illness from seeking the help they need. Developed in partnership with Dr. Heather Stuart, the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research Chair at Queen's University, here are 5 simple ways to help end the stigma and initiate a conversation.

Your words matter

The words you use can make all the difference. Words can help, but they can also hurt. What would you choose?

  • Schizo
  • Crazy
  • Person with schizophrenia
  • Person with a mental illness

Did you know?

When it comes to mental illness, education is key. Having the right tools, knowing the right words to use and understanding how to correctly speak with someone experiencing a mental illness can make all the difference. View the Bell Let’s Talk Toolkit

Kindness is key

Simple kindness can make a world of a difference. Whether it be a smile, being a good listener or an invitation for a chat over coffee, these simple acts of kindness can help open up the conversation and let someone know you’re there for them.

Expressions like “You’ll get over it” and “Just relax” can hurt more than help. Instead, offer your support and say “I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well” or better yet, ask what you can do to help.

Your presence is all it takes

Mental illness is a very common form of human pain and suffering. Being a good listener and asking how you can help or simply just being there for people you care about can be the first step to recovery.

Here are a few examples of what to ask:

  • I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well.
  • I’ve noticed you’ve been down lately. Is everything OK?
  • How can I help?

Break the silence

Two out of three people suffer in silence, fearing judgement and rejection. Being open to a conversation is the first step towards eliminating the stigma.

Know the facts, be kind, be a good listener and a friend. Be part of the conversation to eliminate the stigma once and for all.

In the last year alone, Bell has fueled over 4 million connections with young people across this country reaching out to Kids Help Phone. Thanks to Bell’s commitment for over 30 years, we’re there for young people 24/7, even at 2 in the morning.

Katherine Hay, President & CEO, Kids Help Phone

Thanks to the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant, Katimavik has provided 90 youth across 6 provinces with SafeTALK, Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), enabling them to identify and intervene with people at risk within their communities. We appreciate the leadership of Bell Let’s Talk in empowering organizations such as ours to address mental health challenges among our youth participants.

John-Frederick Cameron, CEO, Katimavik

With Bell Let’s Talk’s generous gift of $1 million and matched government funding, Strongest Families Institute has helped more than 2,000 additional children, youth and families in Atlantic Canada.

Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie, President & CEO, Strongest Families Institute

CMHA Yukon’s Peer Support Training Project has enhanced and fostered incredible relationships amongst 350 volunteers, clients and stakeholders thanks to our Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant.

Tiffanie Tasane, Executive Director, CMHA Yukon

Lateral empathy has helped us cope with COVID-19 and the need for support exponentially. OPK has responded to that demand based on this teaching, supporting 2,691 participants, thanks to support from Bell Let’s Talk.

Sherryl Blacksmith, Executive Director, Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin