By Breeonne Baxter on January 14, 2020
On Jan. 29, let’s talk about mental health. Bell Let’s Talk Day is an opportunity to join a national conversation about mental health challenges and to help reduce the stigma around mental illness.
“Having struggled with depression throughout my youth and young adult life, I know how important it is to speak openly and honestly about mental health issues. There is nothing to be ashamed of and things can get better with appropriate support and counseling. Thanks to programs like Bell Let’s Talk, we can now have an open and honest dialogue about mental health.” – President Santa Ono
UBC is committed to building mentally healthy workplaces where all employees can thrive – and we all have a part to play. Our ability to live, learn, work and support one another at UBC depends on our mental health and resilience. Bell Let’s Talk Day is one of the ways we encourage UBC faculty, staff and students to think about mental health, to reach out to one another and connect with the resources, services and supports available at UBC and in the broader community.
Five simple ways you can support mental health at UBC*
- Learn about mental health supports
- Find out how you can help a colleague in distress or help a student in distress.
- Register for a mental health training program or workshop at UBC Vancouver.
- Sign up to participate in the Not Myself Campaign to learn how to support talking openly about mental health in your workplace.
- Share the Wellbeing in Teaching and Learning Environments resources in your workplace.
* Available at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan unless otherwise noted.
End the stigma around mental illness
One in five people in Canada will experience a mental health issue or illness in any given year. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming societal and cultural prejudices about mental health issues. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.
Bell Let’s Talk offers 5 simple ways to help end the stigma that keeps too many who struggle with mental illness from seeking the help they need:
- Language matters
- Educate yourself
- Be kind
- Listen and ask
- Talk about it
Get involved with Bell Let’s Talk Day at UBC
- Jan. 29: Visit one of the many Bell Let’s Talk booths hosted by the Wellness Peers and student leader groups all over campus. Faculty and staff are invited to stop by to get a Bell Let’s Talk toque and other swag (UBC Vancouver)
- Jan. 31 (7:00 p.m.): Attend the Bell Let’s Talk Women’s Hockey Game, UBC vs. Lethbridge at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (UBC Vancouver)
Thank you for supporting Bell Let’s Talk Day and for contributing to a safe, healthy and respectful community at UBC.
About Bell Let’s Talk Day
Bell Let’s Talk is a charitable program dedicated to the promotion and support of mental health across Canada. Since 2010, Bell has committed to donate at least $100 million to support a wide range of mental health organizations, large and small, from coast to coast focusing on anti-stigma, care and access, workplace mental health and research. Annually, on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each engagement on social media.