Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, and we’re joining in to help create positive change.
One in five Canadians will experience a mental health issue or mental illness in any given year. But we all have mental health that we need to look after. All five in five of us.
For 10 years, Canadians and people around the globe have joined in the world’s largest conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Together we have taken big steps to reduce stigma and normalize conversations about mental health.
In fact, a recent survey conducted by Nielsen Consumer Insights found that in 2019, 84% of Canadians said they are comfortable speaking with others about mental health, compared to only 42% in 2012.
This year, we’re proud to share that CMHA has been named one of eight outstanding Mental Health organizations that are making a difference in Canada. You can learn more and watch the video we are featured in here.
When it comes to mental health, every action counts.
For Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell Canada will donate five cents to mental health initiatives for every use of their hashtag #BellLetsTalk, each view of their videos, use of their social media frames and filters, and every text and call made on their networks.
Although we’ve made great strides, there is still work to be done to ensure all Canadians get the mental health support they need. This year, on Bell Let’s Talk Day, everyone is encouraged to share the actions, large and small, that they are taking to improve mental health in Canada.
Join us in this nationwide conversation about mental health.
Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford is taking positive action in our community.
Through generous donors and fundraisers, CMHA Oxford has been able to increase access to quality mental health support in our community with Oxford County Walk-In Counselling. We have created a peer support space over the weekend to help with social isolation, shortening the time between leaving the office on Friday and coming back on Monday. We continue to provide support over the phone and in-person with our team of qualified mental health professionals.
Take action every day.
Bell Let’s Talk Day is a great day to start the conversation around mental illness, addictions, and stigma. These are important conversations that you can keep going all year long.
- Be an active listener when someone is ready to reach out
- Become trained in Mental Health First Aid or safeTALK, increasing your knowledge and adding to your toolkit to help others
- Join a peer support or community group, that connect you with other people on the same journey
- Know that when you reach out for help, CMHA Oxford has real people here to listen and to support you. There is no shame in getting help.
- Spend time outdoors during the day and arrange indoor environments to receive more sunlight
- Add more movement into your day – exercise can help to release stress, build energy, and increase mental and physical well being
- Eat well. Healthy eating has been shown to benefit mental as well as physical health
- Become involved with CMHA Oxford as a donor or volunteer