Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 26, 2022
Dedicated to moving mental health forward in Canada, Bell Let’s Talk promotes awareness and action with a strategy built on 4 key pillars: Fighting the stigma, improving access to care, supporting world-class research, and leading by example in workplace mental health. Here at Laurentian, we are advocating for and promoting this campaign in our effort to raise awareness on mental health and fight the stigma!
This year, the Peer Wellness Mentors from the newly launched Peer Wellness Project (Stay tuned, more details to come!) are hosting the 12th annual Bell Let’s Talk day on January 26th, 2022 virtually.
Bell Let’s Talk Virtual Photo Booth
This virtual photo booth is a fun way for students, faculty and staff at your school to join together and create awareness by capturing selfies and sharing a personalized mental health message.
Capture and share a photo of you wearing a digital Bell Let’s Talk toque and add a message about how you are taking care of your mental health.
Share Your Story
Head over to the EDHRO Instagram page and direct message us your story surrounding your mental health, experiences and struggles. By sharing your story you can show that people can continue to work and manage mental health conditions, encourage others to speak openly about their experience with a mental health condition, and help others experiencing a mental health condition to take action.
As a thank you for sharing your story, you will receive a Bell Let’s Talk gift package. In order to receive this package, you must include your full name and contact information in the direct message, we will then email you to arrange for pick up time at the Equity, Diversity and Human Rights office (EDHRO) on campus.
Bell Let’s Talk Day Workshop by CMHA
Join CMHA, on January 26 at 1pm, for a presentation that provides an overview of mental health, mental illness, and the associated stigma. A broad range of mental illnesses, symptoms and treatment options are covered. We dive into depression and anxiety.
- Meeting ID: 834 9400 6205
- Passcode: 587175
- Find your local number: us06web.zoom.us
Bell Let’s Talk Digital Flag Raising
Raise a digital flag to support mental health and start the conversation with your school community. In the week leading up to or on Bell Let’s Talk Day raise this digital flag on your school website and social channels as a visible reminder that student mental health matters and promote mental health services available to your students.a
Bell Let’s Talk Wellness Activities
Feel free to complete the wellness activity templates to encourage awareness and self-care. Download and share these wellness activity templates with your family and friends!
Practice mindfulness with the Bell Let’s Talk mandala.
Bell Let’s Talk has designed a mandala that you can print out and colour in. Many mental health professionals recommend colouring as an effective way to practice mindfulness. Mandala, meaning "sacred circle" in Sanskrit, is a circular art form often containing geometric and repeating designs.
Similar to meditation, it focuses your attention on the present moment and away from worries and stress. Share your creation on social media using #BellLetsTalk designs.
When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts. Join in to help create positive change. This activity allows you to start a conversation surrounding mental health.
How to start a conversation? Pick a circled number and open in alternate directions that amount of times. Then, pick a blue number and open alternately that amount of times. Finally, pick your final number, open the flap and start your conversation.
Practicing self-care means taking the time to participate in activities that bring you enjoyment or a sense of calm and peacefulness.
Activities can include things you do on a day-to-day basis or new activities. Self-care can promote positive mental health and well-being, keep us grounded and reduce the effects of stress in our lives.
This month, challenge yourself to complete as many self-care activities as you can. For each activity completed, fill in the talk bubble in that square.
Building a Kindness Box is a fun and easy way to give yourself or someone you care about a boost of positive energy. This origami box is also called Masu, which is Japanese for wooden box.
Masu boxes were originally used to measure portions of rice and come in all kinds of different sizes.
More feet on the ground training
- According to the Canadian NCHA Report, 31.1% of students felt overwhelming anxiety in the previous 2 weeks and 20.1% felt so depressed that it was difficult to function. This online resource is intended to be a one-stop shop for any campus professional or student leader looking to understand more about mental health and refer a student to relevant programs or departments. It was developed to help faculty, administration and campus staff learn how to recognize, respond and make referrals for students experiencing mental health issues on campus. We encourage you to explore this website, create an account, take the quizzes to receive a More Feet on the Ground Certificate, and support student mental health and well-being!
- As a thank you for completing this training, you will receive a Bell Let’s Talk gift package. In order to receive this package, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of completion. We will email you to arrange for pick up time at the Equity, Diversity and Human Rights office (EDHRO) on campus.