Bell Let’s Talk Day & Mental Health in Lethbridge
(LETHBRIDGE, AB – January 30, 2018) – On Wednesday, January 31, mental health conversations will take place around the country with the annual return of Bell Let’s Talk Day, a national initiative aimed at raising funds, increasing awareness, reducing stigma, and changing people’s behaviours and attitudes about mental illnesses in communities across Canada. The theme of this year’s campaign is “mental health affects us all”. With a focus on highlighting a diverse array of real people in the community rather than focusing on celebrity spokespersons, this campaign aligns particularly well with the work undertaken by the Canadian Mental Health Association and it’s vision of “mental health for all”.
CMHA Alberta South Region (ASR) recognizes that mental health and wellness is a part of life for all of us, with one in five affected by a mental health issue and all Canadians subject to individual stresses and barriers in our daily lives. As a result of initiatives such as Bell Let’s Talk Day, we see individuals in our own community coming forward more to find supports before a crisis takes place in their lives. However, as CMHA celebrates its hundredth anniversary and we reflect on our successes; we are taking the time to put equal emphasis on the work that has yet to be done surrounding mental health. Here, in Lethbridge, CMHA is dedicated to our community to not only provide quality services but to advocate and educate on mental health issues.
As a part of its 100 year celebrations CMHA is pleased to be working alongside groups throughout the year to showcase the effects that other aspects of an individual’s wellbeing can have on mental health as well as different perspectives on mental health from clinical observations to the growing peer support movement. Events will be taking place locally, provincially and nationally throughout the year to engage Canadians across the country and keep the conversations from Bell Let’s Talk Day going.
Here in Lethbridge, this all begins Saturday, February 3, 2018, when CMHA partners with the Western Hockey League and the Lethbridge Hurricanes for the second annual Talk Today Game Night. In addition to a great night of hockey, staff and volunteers from CMHA ASR will be on hand to connect with individuals to talk about the importance of mental health and the work CMHA ASR does right here in Lethbridge. In addition to resources, opportunities will be available to win prizes, or take photos to be shared on social media to help CMHA demonstrate the importance of speaking up about mental health.
Nationally, the first of the mental health partnerships campaigns takes place February 1-7, 2018. CMHA is joining with the National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC) and National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED) in observing Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This annual, nationwide awareness week is designed to bring to light the prevalence and risks of Eating Disorders (ED) in order to improve supports for those suffering with Eating Disorders. The theme for EDAW 2018, “One Size Doesn’t Fit All” emphasizes that Eating Disorders can affect any individual regardless of gender, age, ability, race and ethnic identity, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. There are 7 billion people on the planet, and 7 billion sizes.
In order to stay up to date with everything happening for mental health in our community as well as access to resources, articles and more be sure to follow CMHA ASR on Facebook at @CMHALethbridge.
For more information on Bell Let’s Talk Day please visit: https://letstalk.bell.ca/
If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to individuals can access the 24-Hour Distress Line at 403.327.7905, in case of emergency please call 911.