This Friday (Jan. 25): Heat basketball to host Bell Let's Talk game night (UBC Okanagan Gymnasium). This is the third straight year that UBC Okanagan and their student-athletes have been involved with trying to generate conversation about mental health surrounding a varsity event.
| Media Release |
EDMONTON – Canada West members will once again participate this season in Bell Let's Talk Day, as student-athletes continue to take a leadership role in generating conversations about mental health.
Bell Let's Talk Day is set for Wednesday, January 30th.
Since its launch in 2010, the initiative has helped spark mental health conversations, while raising nearly $100 million for mental health services across Canada.
Since 2017, CW members have been part of Bell's mental health initiative, hosting Bell Let's Talk events to help raise awareness for mental health on campuses across Western Canada using the power of university sport.
"Having conversations with our student-athletes about mental health and fighting the stigma around mental illness is important to Canada West," said Rocky Olfert, Managing Director of Canada West. "We are proud to be part of the Bell Let's Talk initiative and its positive impact on students and their communities across the country."
For more information on Bell Let's Talk Day, please click here.
2019 CW BELL LET'S TALK EVENTS:
- Brandon University:
- Saturday, January 26 / Volleyball vs. Winnipeg
- University of British Columbia:
- Friday, January 25 / Women's hockey vs. Saskatchewan
- University of British Columbia Okanagan:
- Friday, January 25 / Basketball vs. Victoria
- University of the Fraser Valley:
- Saturday, January 26 / Basketball vs. Calgary & wrestling
- University of Lethbridge:
- Saturday, January 26 / Basketball vs. Trinity Western
- MacEwan University:
- Friday, January 25 / Basketball vs. Brandon
- University of Manitoba:
- Friday, January 25 / Men's volleyball vs. TRU & Men's hockey vs. Lethbridge
- Mount Royal University:
- Saturday, January 19 / Basketball vs. Saskatchewan
- University of Northern British Columbia:
- Wednesday, January 30 / UNBC Bell Let's Talk Day campus event
- University of Saskatchewan:
- Friday, January 25 / Basketball vs. Alberta & Men's hockey vs. UBC
- Thompson Rivers University:
- Friday, January 25 / Basketball vs. Manitoba
- Trinity Western University:
- Saturday, January 26 / Volleyball vs. UBC
- University of Victoria:
- Saturday, January 12 / Basketball vs. UFV
- University of Winnipeg:
- Saturday, January 26 / Basketball vs. Regina
~ Evan Daum, Canada West Communications
Bell Let's Talk is a campaign dedicated to moving mental health forward in Canada. The strategy is built on four pillars: anti-stigma, improving access to care, supporting world-class research, and leading by example in workplace mental health.
Bell Let's Talk is not only changing the landscape of mental health funding in Canada, but is also contributing to changes in attitudes and behaviours.
According to the latest research, 87% of Canadians are more aware of mental health issues than 5 years ago. Additionally, 85% think attitudes about mental health have changed for the better, and 75% believe the stigma around mental illness has been reduced.
Mental Health Matters
Mental illness affects Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life. Many people living with a mental illness report that negative stereotypes cause them more suffering than the illness itself. As a result, two thirds of those suffering from mental illness are too afraid to reach out for help.
That is why we are inviting you to join the conversation around mental health on Bell Let's Talk Day, January 30. Together, we can make a powerful contribution to changing the prevailing narrative and negative stereotypes about people living with mental health issues.
Joining the conversation
On Bell Let's Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these interactions at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access:
- Talk and text: Every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS wireless and phone customers
- Twitter: Every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk, which includes a special emoji, and Bell Let's Talk Day video view at Twitter.com/Bell_LetsTalk
- Facebook: Every Bell Let's Talk Day video view at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk and use of the Bell Let's Talk frame
- Instagram: Every Bell Let's Talk Day video view at Instagram.com/bell_letstalk
- Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let's Talk filter and video view