Bell Let's Talk Day 2021

Anastasia Chernous - 26 January 2021

What is Bell Let’s Talk Day?

Bell Let’s Talk Day began in the year 2010 and it initiated the conversation about Canada’s mental health. It invited millions of Canadians to participate in an open discussion about mental illness.

That movement led to the increase in funding of access, care and research regarding mental health.

Bell Let’s Talk Day spreads awareness and acceptance around mental health and focuses on engaging Canadians to take action in order to create positive change.

Why is it important to talk about mental health?

Talking about health removes the stigma around it. The more frequently we talk about mental health, the fewer false notions arise in society, too. If myths are debunked during discussions, it helps decrease the stigma surrounding mental health.

Secondly, now more than ever, it is extremely relevant to talk about mental health disorders as they are rapidly growing in numbers. This is especially true in university students’ age group. As the population of those affected my mental illness is growing, so should the number of conversations—as they help prove you are not alone in your struggles and it is acceptable to talk about how you’re feeling.

Lastly, talking more about mental health can encourage people to go and seek help. Getting help when you really need it is key—if you don’t get any treatment, poor mental health just tends to escalate. Encouraging someone to go and get help in any form they need can reduce the risk of self harm or suicide.

What resources are available at the University of Alberta?

There are plenty of different resources for you as a student. If you have been feeling lonely, isolated, unmotivated or any other feeling that has been making you uncomfortable, please do not hesitate to go and find something that will help you.

If you are stuck and don’t know where to go first, book an initial consultation with Counselling and Clinical Services. They are there to help you deal with a variety of different problems and they are working remotely, too.

If you are feeling lonely or looking new friends, go check out the new clubs that are available on Expedition: Connect! It's a great opportunity to meet new people safely and engage through a platform that allows for visual connection over topics you all enjoy!

Please reach out to your RA for more resources that are available to you. Also, talk to your RA or someone else that you trust if you need help. You are not alone, and I promise there are people who love you and care about you.

Remember, it is very important to start talking more about mental health and mental illness. I encourage you to go out and do something nice for yourself today! :)