Tomorrow is Bell Let’s Talk Day! Make your actions count by joining in the world’s biggest conversation about mental health

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  • Get ready to talk, text and join in on social media to make your voice heard – and help drive Bell’s donations to mental health programs
  • Watch tonight’s Etalk special withAlanis Morissetteand discover mental health documentaryLa santé mentale : une note à la fois
  • Please visitBell.ca/LetsTalkto learn more

MONTRÉAL,Jan. 27, 2021/CNW Telbec/ – Tomorrow is Bell Let’s Talk Day 2021 and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 mean that now more than ever, every action counts in moving Canada’s mental health forward. We invite you to join in the conversation to support those who struggle while also driving Bell’s donations to Canadian mental health simply by talking, texting and participating on social media.”The stress and uncertainty of COVID-19 has impacted all of us, and the need for a heightened focus on the mental health of Canadians is clear,” saidMary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “We’re highlighting the actions we can all take during these challenging times to stay connected and enable better mental health for our families, friends and colleagues. We invite you to share your ideas, join in virtual events nationwide and make your voice heard on our 11thannual Bell Let’s Talk Day tomorrow!”Here are some of the Bell Let’s Talk Day events taking place today and tomorrow:CMHA Edmonton Virtual Distress Line fundraiserBeginning at9am MTtoday,this year’s fundraiserfeatures Dr.Lisa Belangerpresenting her workshop Mental Health: Creating Strong Agile Workplaces with resources and programming ideas employers can implement to support their teams and build mentally healthy workplaces. Proceeds from ticket sales support CMHA Edmonton’s Distress Line.Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community ServicesAccess Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services will host a virtual gallery opening calledEmbroidered Storiestoday beginning at11am ET. Showcasing traditional embroidered artwork of Arabic-speaking refugee women that symbolizes their migration journey to Canada, the interactive event will explore the benefits of art therapy in supporting good mental health. Arabic interpretation is available.Canadian Olympic Committee documentary and webinarGame Plan, Canada’s total athlete wellness program,invites athletesand members of the sport community to an exclusive viewing of the documentary The Weight of Gold, featuring Olympic championKyle Shewfelt. Beginning at6pm ETtonight, the event also features a webinar discussion about athlete mental health led by Dr.Karen MacNeil, the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Lead Mental Performance and Mental Health Consultant.Protecting your mind: stories from Black techBell and theBlack Professionals in Tech Networkpresent a panel discussion about the impact of COVID-19 and other challenges on the mental health of Black people with panelists including members of the Black Professionals at Bell network. Theeventtakes place tonight from6:30pm to 8pm ETand all are welcome to join.Indigo on Instagram LiveAt7pm ETtonight on Instagram Live,Meghan Yuri Young, founder of the Sad Collective, will host a discussion withMark Henickabout his bookSo-Called Normal. Watch live on Instagram@Indigo.Etalk Presents:Alanis MorissetteEtalk’sTraci Melchorsits down for anexclusive interviewwith trailblazing artistAlanis Morissettetonight at7pm ETon CTV. The Canadian icon opens up about normalizing the mental health conversation, motherhood, her generation-defining album Jagged Little Pill and much more.In This Together: A Bell Let’s Talk Day SpecialOn Bell Let’s Talk Day, Etalk’sTyrone Edwardsand The Social’sMelissa Grelolead the mental health conversation as hosts ofIn This Together: A Bell Let’s Talk Day Special, premiering at7pm ET/PT on CTV, CTV2 and Crave. The special highlights Canadians and their mental health journeys through a year of disruptions and unique challenges.Crave highlights mental healthCrave’s Mental Health Awareness Collection showcases programming that explores mental health issues, including HBO’s Euphoria, I Know This Much Is True, and I May Destroy You; Crave documentary Rat Park; Canadian documentaries and films The Mind of GSP and The Grizzlies; and Bell Media’s original French-language productions Santé mentale : plus fort ensemble and La détresse au bout du rang.La santé mentale : une note à la foisDocumentary La santé mentale : une note à la fois follows the stories of musiciansSteve Veilleux,Laurence JalbertandSafia Nolin, and features slam poetDavid Goudreault. Airing on Canal D, Canal Vie and VRAK, the documentary will also be available atNoovo.ca,vrak.tv,Crave,CanalVie.comandCanalD.com.Kids Eat Smart Mental Health BreakfastMore than 2,400 students at junior high schools inNewfoundlandandLabradorwill receive a healthy breakfast in their classroom on Bell Let’s Talk Day to inspire a discussion about youth mental health.TIFF mental health programmingTIFF is adding a free Bell Let’s Talk Day collection to thedigital TIFF Bell Lightbox. The selection of short films exploring mental health will be available fromJanuary 28 to February 4and includes A Woman’s Block; The Blind Stigma: Mental Health within the Black Community; Point and Line to Plane; and The Weight. TIFF will be hosting a digital conversationJanuary 28at12pm ETwith writer-directorRebeccah Lovejoining TIFF programmerHoda Alito talk about Love’s film A Woman’s Block and the power of cinema to spark action in mental health. The conversation will be simulcast across TIFF’sFacebook,TwitterandYouTubechannels.Toronto Writers Collective eventToronto Writers Collective will offer freevirtual creative writing workshopswith a focus on mental health and well-being. The volunteer-led workshops are open to anyone looking for community and creativity, no writing experience necessary. Workshops take place at10am,1:30pmand7pm ET. Online registration is required and space is limited.Cleveland Clinic Canada WebinarCleveland Clinic Canada will offer afree webinarto Canadian business leaders at11am ETwith a focus on prioritizing workplace mental health while also discussing the impact COVID-19 is having on the mental health of employees. Hosted by Dr. Cathy (CJ)Campbell, the expert panel will include Cleveland Clinic Canada CEOMike Kessel, internal medicine physician Dr. Jeff Alfonsi and psychiatrist Dr.Claire Harrigan.Toronto Rehab and UHN host wellness webinarBell Let’s Talk partners Toronto Rehab and University Health Network are hosting a Wellness Webinar for UHN staff at12pm ET. Let’s Talk Mental Health, Gratitude and You featuresCheryl Sutherland, Founder of PleaseNotes Goods, and Toronto Rehab Psychologist Dr.Martha McKayproviding insights on the mental health impacts of COVID-19, the importance of self-care and available mental health resources.Festival d’été de QuébecLe Festival d’été de Québec invites everyone to itsBell Let’s Talk Day virtual eventsfeaturing psychologistMarc Pistorio, financial advisorMichel-Olivier Marcoux, yoga teacher Myriam De la Sablonnière as wellCatherine Paquin,Mathieu Dufour,Claudia Bouvetteand other guests.Virtual event for Government of Canada employeesThe Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace, the Canada School of Public Service and the Federal Youth Network will host avirtual eventopen to all federal employees from12:30pm to 2:30pm ET. Panelists include Bell Let’s Talk advisor and 2020 Champion of Mental Health Dr.Christopher Mushquash, 2019/2020 Face of Mental Illness Onika Dainty, andDaniel Quan-Watsonfrom Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.Patricia Lemoineat Polytechnique MontréalFriend of Bell Let’s Talk Patricia Lemoine will host a webinar at12:30pm ETfor Polytechnique Montréal students about the day-to-day importance of mental health for those in positions of leadership.Canadian Armed Forces join the conversationThe CAF will conduct virtual mental health Q&A sessions and a panel discussion between Defence Team members, senior leadership and mental health experts across its social media channels, includingInstagramandFacebook. Deputy MinisterJody Thomasand Vice Chief of the Defence Staff LGen Mike Rouleau, DND/CAF mental health co-champions, will host a virtual coffee talk with Defence Team members via Zoom at12:30pm ET.Flag raisings will take place at select CAF locations across Canada and internationally, including at CFB Halifax which will livestream itsBell Let’s Talk flag raisingat8amAT. Other CAF regional events include avirtual eventat 5thCanadian Division Support Base Gagetown with local guest speakers; CFB Borden’sdiscussionat10am ETwith retired NHL player and mental health advocateTheo Fleury; Montréal region chaplains are hosting Olympian Sylvie Bernier at12pm ETfor adiscussionfocused on resiliency and mental health; and Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) Suffield’s online event at3pm MTonMaintaining good mental health during COVID-19, a discussion with Veterans and their spouses as well as MFRC’s National Program ManagerGhada Makhloufand Chief Psychiatrist Dr.Alexandra Heber.Indigo mental health eventsIn partnership with Indigo,Claire Zlobin, founder ofLife With A BabyandOlivia Scobie, parental mental health counsellor, educator and author ofImpossible Parenting, will be hosting avirtual conversationat1pm ETabout changing the culture of unrealistic parenting expectations and creating a new culture of mental health for parents.Beginning at5pm ET, parenting authorAnn Douglaswill be in conversation on@IndigoKids Instagramas she discusses her bookParenting Through The Storm: How to Handle the Highs, the Lows and Everything in Between.Indigo will also be supporting the Canadian Mental Health Association with a donation of$2for every copy ofGrief & Loss & Love & Sex,Lara Margaret Marjerrison’spowerful story of grappling with her sister’s death, sold in store and on indigo.ca fromJanuary 28 to February 28, 2021.Dr.Joti Samraand theUniversity of GuelphTheUniversity of Guelphis hosting an event at1:30pm ETfor team members with psychological health and safety expert Dr.Joti Samra. Participants will learn strategies and actions they can take to support their own and their colleagues’ mental wellbeing.Music NL’s The Show Must Go OnMusic NL is hosting virtual event The Show Must Go On for their members from7 to 8pmNT, featuring singer songwriter Damhnait Doyle speaking about her lived experience alongside representatives from CMHA Newfoundland andLabrador.CMHA Champlain East virtual round tableJoin CMHA Champlain East beginning at6:30pm ETfor a virtualround table conversationon mental health with Executive DirectorJoanne Ledoux-Moshonasand special guests includingBernadette Clement, Angele D’Alessio,Mitch Dubeau,Chantal Larocque,Melanie Brulee,Ivan LabelleandStephen Douris.A Mental Health Talk with CreativesDJ Starting from Scratch will host a virtual conversation about mental health onTwitchfrom7pm to 9pm ET, featuring discussions with Ellie K Borden,Mark BrandandDillon Caseyabout how artists, creatives and entrepreneurs can cope with mental health impacts.La Presse live discussion withSonia LupienJournalist Véronique Lauzon will host a discussion in French about stress management withSonia Lupien, director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and professor in the Department of Psychiatry at theUniversity of Montrealat8pm ETlive on lapresse.ca and onLa Presse’s Facebook page.Montréal Canadiens show their supportCanadiens players and coaching staff will participate in Bell Let’s Talk Day on social media, and coaches will sport Bell Let’s Talk pins when the team faces off against the Calgary Flames at7pm ET.Notable landmarks to light up blueTheTorontoandWinnipegsigns, BC Place, High Level Bridge inEdmonton, and the Lt. Governor’s Residence inSt. John’swill light up blue to mark Bell Let’s Talk Day.University and college student engagementThe Bell Let’s TalkCampus Campaignwill reach more than 200 universities and colleges throughout Canada. This year’s campaign features a digital toolkit to ensure post-secondary institutions can safely engage students across the country. Schools will also screen short films about mental health provided by theAu Contraire Film Festival.Bell Lets Talk flag raisingsCommunities and organizations around the country are showing their support for mental health with Bell Let’s Talk flag raisings, following earlier ceremonies by the Borough ofVerdunand the Douglas Foundation in Montréal, RMC Kingston, the Service de police de laVille de St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Central Memorial Park inCalgary, the Hamilton Bulldogs, theOttawaSenators and theCity of Timmins.Flag raisings scheduled forJanuary 2812 Wing Shearwater; CAMH; Canadian Armed Forces Latvia; Cape Breton Regional Municipality; CFB Halifax; CFB Valcartier; CFB Winnipeg; CFS Alert; the cities ofBelleville, Brandon,Brockville,Cambridge Bay,Charlottetown,Churchill,Corner Brook,Cornwall, Dauphin,Dorval,Fredericton,Greater Sudbury,Iqaluit,Joliette,Kingston, La Pêche, Markham,Mississauga,Moncton, Montréal,Niagara Falls,North Bay,Ormstown,Oshawa,Ottawa,Peterborough,Pickering, Québec,Regina, Saint-Donat, Saint John,Sault Ste. Marie, St.John’s,Summerside,Thunder Bay,Toronto,Vaughan, andWhitehorse;Clara Hughes Public School; Council of Yukon First Nations; Direction de la police de Trois-Rivières; Durham Children’s Aid Foundation; École nationale de police du Québec; Government ofNew Brunswick; Government ofOntario(Solicitor General’s Office); Halifax Regional Municipality; HMCS Halifax (currently deployed on Operation REASSURANCE); House of Assembly ofNewfoundlandandLabrador; IUSMM – Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal; USMQ – Fondation CERVO; Kitchener Rangers;Le Massifde Charlevoix; Legislative Assembly ofManitoba(Memorial Park); Niagara IceDogs; Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences; Oshawa Generals; Québec Association of Police Directors; RCMP A Division; RCMP B Division; RCMP C Division; RCMP D Division; RCMP E Division; RCMP F Division; RCMP G Division; RCMP H Division; RCMP K Division; RCMP L Division; RCMP National Headquarters; RCMP O Division; RCMP Queens District; Régie intermunicipale de policeRichelieuSt-Laurent; Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-De Blainville; RMC Saint-Jean; Service de police de la Ville deBlainville; Service de police de laVille de Granby; Service de police de laVille de Saint-Eustache; Service de police deSherbrooke; Service de police de laVille de Terrebonne; Service de police de la Ville de Lévis; SG2 CdnDiv Montréal Garrison; SG2 CdnDiv Saint-Jean Garrison; The Alex Community Health Centre;TorontoPolice Service; Toronto Rock; the towns of Hermitage-Sandyville,Huntsville,Torbay, andWhitby; William Osler Health System – Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness; York Regional Police; Yukon Legislative Assembly.Flag raisings at post-secondary institutionsCambrian College; Cégep deDrummondville; Cégep de Granby; Cégep de Jonquière; Cégep de Lévis; Cégep de l’Outaouais; Cégep deSainte-Foy; Cégep de Saint-Jérôme; Cégep deValleyfield; Cégep Édouard-Montpetit; Cégep Gérald-Godin; Cégep Heritage; Cégep La Pocatière; CégepSaint-Jean-sur-Richelieu; Collège Ahuntsic; Collège Boréal; Collège communautaire deCampbellton; Collège de Technologie Forestière des Maritimes;Collège Laflèche; College of the Rockies; Collégial du Séminaire deSherbrooke;Concordia; UniversityofEdmonton; Confederation College;Cumberland College;Grande Prairie Regional College;Humber College;John Abbott College; Justice Institute ofBritish Columbia; Keyano College; King’s University College;Langara College; Marine Institute;Mohawk College;Mount RoyalUniversity; Northern College; Olds College;Parkland College;ProvidenceUniversity College;Redeemer University;Saint PaulUniversity; Saskatchewan Institute of Technologies; Saskatchewan Polytechnic;St. Francis Xavier University;Trent University; Université de Montréal; Université deSaint-Boniface; Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue;University of British ColumbiaOkanangan;University of Regina; University ofSudbury; University of the Fraser Valley;University of Waterloo;University of Winnipeg; Vancouver Island University;YukonUniversity.Here’s how you can join the conversationOn Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates5 centsto Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, local or long distance call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, everyFacebook,Instagram,Pinterest,Snapchat,TikTok,TwitterandYouTubeview of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video, and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. All at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access.Since the first Bell Let’s Talk Day in 2011, Canadians and people around the world have sent a total of more than 1.1 billion messages of support for mental health, bringing Bell’s total funding commitment to$113,415,135.About Bell Let’s TalkThe largest-ever corporate commitment to mental health inCanada, Bell Let’s Talk is focused on 4 key action pillars: Anti-stigma, Care and Access, Research and Workplace Leadership. Since its launch inSeptember 2010, Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,100 organizations providing mental health supports and services throughout Canada, including hospitals, universities, local community service providers and other care and research organizations.InMarch 2020, Bellannouncedthe extension of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative for another 5 years. Including the additional COVID-19 funding, Bell is now targeting a total corporate donation of at least$155 millionto Canadian mental health programs. To learn more, please visitBell.ca/LetsTalk.Media inquiries:Jacqueline Michelis613-785-1427[email protected]@Bell_LetsTalk@Bell_NewsSOURCEBell CanadaCisionView original content:http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2021/27/c8063.html