On Jan. 26 – Bell Let’s Talk Day – let’s support ourselves and each other by breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health.

During this annual event, Bell will donate to mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5 cents for every applicable text, call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view and use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat lens.

At U of G, we’re helping #supporteachother with a number of online events.

For students

Self-care BINGO cards 
Starts Jan. 26. Submit yours by Feb. 4

Check out @wellness_uofg on Instagram on Jan. 26 for BINGO cards with helpful self-care activities. Submit your card with at least one completed activity and get a Bell Let’s Talk swag kit with a toque, pen, lanyard and gratitude notepad. Every submission is entered into a draw for one of four $50 grocery store gift cards. Check out the Student Wellness Instagram account for more details.

Self-care video contest
Starts Jan. 26. Entries due Feb. 24

Create a short video of your self-care practice and share it on Instagram. Tag the @wellness_uofg Student Wellness Instagram account, or email videos to wellness@uoguelph.ca for a chance to win a MacBook Air!

For faculty and staff

U of G, Let’s Talk: Pandemic fatigue? Now what?
Jan. 26 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

After almost two years of living in a pandemic, we’re all getting tired. Let’s be honest about what we’re experiencing and what we can do about it. Wellness@Work invites faculty and staff and graduate student employees to hear a different take on psychological safety and on preventing or recovering from pandemic fatigue.

For everyone

Au Contraire Short Film Festival
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Teams
Register online

Bell Let’s Talk has produced two fictional short films to help build foster conversation about mental illness, hope and recovery. Join us as we watch the films as a community and discuss them afterward.

Mental Health Training
Training takes place week of Jan. 31

Jan. 31 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Feb. 1 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Learn more about mental challenges and illness. Then build on your skills to learn when and how to refer someone to a professional if they need help, with specific focus on doing so within our U of G community.

Living Works Start

Feb. 2 from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 3 from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Learn to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and how to connect them to help and support. LivingWorks Start is an online, independent training module that can be completed at any time following the initial introductory session.

Need help now?

If you’re in crisis or know someone who needs help now, the resources below might help.

Urgent Drop-In Counselling from U of G’s Student Health Services

Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
During drop-in hours, call the front desk of Counselling Services at 519-824-4120 ext. 53244 to sign in.

1-866-925-5454 or text “GOOD2TALKON” to 686868
Good2Talk provides free and confidential support services for post-secondary students in Ontario. By calling, students can receive professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being.

HERE 24/7
Here 24/7 is your front door to the addictions, mental health and crisis services provided by 11 partner agencies across Waterloo – Wellington. By reaching out, they will help navigate the system to connect you to local addictions and mental health services.

Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone
Text “UofG” to 686868
With Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone, you can chat with a trained, volunteer crisis responder for support at any time.

This Bell Let’s Talk Day, let’s #supporteachother to help break down the stigma.