Post-secondary students take action to create positive change on Canadian campuses

St. John's, Tuesday, January 28, 2020

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, students at more than 230 Canadian universities and colleges are taking part in campus mental health events to help create positive change for people living with mental illness.

Post-secondary institutions in every province and territory are embracing the theme of this year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign, Mental Health: Every Action Counts, by taking part in more than 500 mental health events on campuses across Canada.

This year, students will come together for events ranging from conferences, pet therapy, information kiosks, wellness sessions and varsity and collegiate athletic games. Events will give students the opportunity to be part of the world’s biggest mental health conversation, while learning more about resources available to them on campus. Twelve schools will also raise the Bell Let’s Talk Day flag for the first time in support of mental health on campus and in the community.

Sascha Kappos, a 5th year student-athlete at Dalhousie University, who has been involved in the national post-secondary initiative since it started in 2016 said “a few years ago, my basketball coach asked the team if we would be open to wearing Bell Let’s Talk toques around campus to help end the stigma around mental illness. We didn’t know then the positive impact this kind of simple action would have. Today, students are more aware of support services, more open to having discussions about mental health and I would say overall more compassionate about the issue. I’m proud to have been one of the first to wear the toque!’

Led by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and supported by Bell Let’s Talk, a national standard for post-secondary student mental health is currently being developed to establish mental health best practices at Canadian campuses to support student success.

To see a complete list of participating universities and colleges please click here.