Today is the annual Bell Let’s Talk Day, where Bell supports mental health initiatives in Canada by donating five cents for: every applicable text, call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk; every social media video view; and every use of its Facebook frame or Snapchat filter.
The program, aimed at getting Canadians talking about mental health and engaging them to take action to create positive change, was launched in September 2010.
Last March, Bell announced the extension of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative for a further five years and an increase in its total funding commitment for Canadian mental health to at least $155 million.
The money supports projects that improve access to mental health supports and services for people in Canada. The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, Bell Let's Talk Post-Secondary Fund and the Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund are part of Bell Let’s Talk, Canada’s largest corporate initiative dedicated to mental health.
Here are the ways you can support Bell Let’s Talk’s fundraising efforts to benefit mental health initiatives for Canadians:
- Twitter: Each time you tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk or watch Bell’s official video, it will donate five cents.
- Facebook: Each time you use the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or watch Bell’s official video, it will donate five cents.
- Instagram: Each time you watch Bell’s official video on Instagram, it will donate five cents.
- Snapchat: Each time you use the Bell Let’s Talk Snapchat filter or watch Bell’s official video, it will donate five cents.
- YouTube: Each time you watch Bell’s official video on YouTube, it will donate five cents.
- TikTok: Each time you upload a video using #BellLetsTalk or watch Bell’s official video, it will donate five cents.
- Pinterest: Each time you watch Bell’s official video on Pinterest, it will donate five cents.
- Text messages: For every text message sent by a Bell wireless customer, it will donate five cents.
- Phone calls: For every call made by Bell wireless and home phone customers, it will donate five cents.
While mental health issues are ever-present in society, COVID-19 has added a new wrinkle and affected people in different ways across the country over the past year. Practicing physical distancing makes it even more important that people make an extra effort to remain emotionally connected with friends, family members and loved ones to support good mental health and well-being. Maintaining good mental and physical health will help ensure Canadians get through this together.
Bell Let’s Talk has provided lists of resources for people to find out more and better deal with mental health concerns. You’ll find them below:
Tips for managing mental health:
- WELLNESS TOGETHER CANADA MENTAL HEALTH PORTAL- Government of Canada
- RESOURCE HUB: MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC– Mental Health Commission of Canada
- TIPS TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC– The Canadian Mental Health Association
- HOW TO LOOK OUT FOR OUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19– Jack.org
- MENTAL HEALTH AND COVID-19– The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- TAKING CARE OF MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19– Canadian Red Cross
- MENTAL HEALTH AND CULTURAL SUPPORTS FOR INDIGENOUS CANADIANS- First Nations Health Authority (British Columbia focused)
- MULTICULTURAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES RELATED TO COVID-19- Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre
- WELLCAN DIGITAL RESOURCE HUB- Morneau Shepell
Managing anxiety, stress and panic:
- COPING WITH STRESS AND ANXIETY– The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- MANAGING ANXIETY THAT TURNS TO PANIC (VIDEO)– Dr. Joti Samra (MyWorkplace Health)
- 7 TIPS FOR MANAGING ANXIETY AND WORRY ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (VIDEO)– Dr. Joti Samra (MyWorkplace Health)
- CORONAVIRUS: MANAGING STRESS AND ANXIETY– The Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna
- COPING WITH ANXIETY DURING STRESSFUL TIMES– Calgary Counselling Centre (Alberta focused)
Resources for children and youth:
- WE’RE HERE FOR YOU DURING COVID-19– Kids Help Phone
- WORRY ROCKETS ONLINE ACTIVITY– Kids Help Phone
- OUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19– Jack.org
- BE THERE- Jack.org
Supporting children, youth and loved ones:
- COVID-19 YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE HUB- Jack.org, School Mental Health Ontario, Kids Help Phone
- SUPPORTING THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE DURING COVID-19– Kids Help Phone
- TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT COVID-19 INFO SHEET– The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES LIKE CORONAVIRUS– Dr. Joti Samra (MyWorkplace Health)
- COVID-19 LEARNING HUB- SickKids
- WEBINAR: HOW TO SUPPORT OUR KIDS DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK- Psychology Foundation of Canada
- CAREGIVING IN THE ERA OF COVID-19- Canadian Mental Health Commission
- HOW TO TALK TO YOUR ANXIOUS CHILD ABOUT COVID-19– Children’s Mental Health Ontario (Ontario focused)