January 30 is Bell Let's Talk Day

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On Bell Let's Talk Day 2018, the actions of citizens resulted in Bell committing just under $7 million toward mental health initiatives. That's why our government has made mental health a priority.

And Mellen herself went up to CFB Suffield's Military Family Resource Centre, which had a day of presentations on mental illness.

Aulenback said Carleton's initiatives extend beyond Bell Let's Talk Day to end the stigma surrounding mental health."Whether you are a student, faculty member, or staff member, we are all affected by mental health and as a community, we are here to support each other", he said.

It's easy to be part of the Bell Let's Talk Day conversation all day long and across multiple communications platforms. "We've always known it was there, but there was so much hesitancy to ask for help in the past and that's really changing". The CCH's child and youth mental health services donated door prizes, snacks and pizza.

Olympic, World and Canadian figure skating champion Gabby Daleman joined the Bell Let's Talk Day campaign, tweeting, "As a person who suffers with depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Learning disability and Eating disorder nothing makes me happier than #BellLetsTalk⁠⁠".

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"Be prepared to engaged with people when we may see signs of a person having mental health struggles and not to be afraid of this sort of thing". One important aspect is ensuring that leaders are properly trained and equipped to both recognize their own mental health and to have the tools necessary to support employees.

The Bell Let's Talk Toolkit consists of simple everyday tactics that can be used to break the silence, including a conversation guide, workplace tips and social media images.

Aulenback said during the week leading up to Bell Let's Talk Day mental health and well-being events are hosted across campus, including the second annual Bell Let's Talk Mental Wellness Fair, which will take place on January 30 at the University Centre.

One of the other key ways Let's Talk funds get distributed is through the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund.