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Bell Let’s Talk 2022–supporting ourselves and each other

January 26 is Bell Let’s Talk Day; check out how UM is joining the conversation

January 17, 2022 — 

Once again the University of Manitoba will be among more than 200 post-secondary institutions across Canada to take part in the world’s largest mental health conversation with Bell Let’s Talk. For the 12th year, the campaign will continue to raise awareness about mental health care, and end the stigma around mental illness.

The Bell Let’s Talk campaign encourages us all to keep listening, keep talking and keep showing up for ourselves and each other–that message has never been more important.

Students continue to face challenges, and deal with stress and anxiety as they navigate the ever-changing circumstances and uncertainty that has surrounded everyone for the past 22 months.

UM is committed to providing quality student supports and offer a range of mental health services. Students are encouraged to reach out for help and to encourage others who may need help, regardless of the level of need.

“The pandemic has highlighted the importance of providing a comprehensive and accessible range of mental wellness supports, services and educational programs for our students,” said Laurie Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students).

“UM remains committed to supporting our students’ mental health and embraces opportunities to advance the conversation through national programs like Bell Let’s Talk.”

Student mental health is an ongoing priority for Bell. To date, Bell Let’s Talk has awarded over $4 million in grants to support Canadian post-secondary institutions, starting with over $3 million in initial grants to 120 schools in 2021.

Every action and every interaction can make an impact; let’s make each one count.

Check out how UM is joining the conversation


Active Minds

Follow the Active Minds (@uofm_activeminds) Instagram account for prize giveaways and content about mental health and a live session on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 26 with Active Minds vice-president.

Health and Wellness (virtual)

Follow the Health and Wellness Instagram account (@healthyuofm) for Bell Let’s Talk content and videos throughout the week.

Recreation Services (in-person and virtual)

To boost your mental health, visit Recreation Services for an in-person workout (you must pre-book) or visit the Virtual health and fitness webpage for workouts you can do at home. Follow the UM Recreation Services Instagram account (@uofmrecservices) for posts during the week sharing information on the effects of exercise on mental health.

Learn about the COVID-19 protocols for sport and recreation facilities if you do choose to visit in person.

Staff and faculty (virtual)

Staff and faculty can visit the community events page to find mental health resources and information about Bell Let’s Talk Day.  Engage in self-care activities, learn strategies for supporting someone who is struggling, join the Bell Let’s Talk social media conversation to raise money for mental health, and post a message of support to your colleagues.  All those who post on the Kudoboard will be entered in a draw for a Bell Let’s Talk wellness prize! 


The following events have ended:

Bisons (in-person and virtual)

Bell Let’s Talk / Duckworth Challenge game
Women’s Volleyball: Bisons vs. Wesmen
Friday, January 21 at 6 p.m.
This event has ended.

Watch for Bisons student-athlete takeovers on the UM Student (@umstudent) Instagram account on January 21 and 25. #weareallbisons

Faculty of Law (virtual)

Mindfulness and Lawyer Well-Being
With guest speaker, Prof. Thomas GW Telfer of Western University
January 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Zoom event (registration required)
Event details

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Simple Steps to Mindfulness Series
Speaker: Dr. Jilliam Horton
January 25. 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Zoom event (registration required)
Event details


Join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day!

On January 26, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs and initiatives for each of the following communications – at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access:

  • Talk: Every local or long-distance call made by Bell wireless and home phone customers (Bell, Bell MTS or Bell Aliant)
  • Text: Every text message sent by Bell wireless customers
  • Facebook: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at
  • Twitter: Every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk or every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at
  • Instagram: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at
  • LinkedIn: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video
  • Pinterest: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video
  • Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Snapchat filter or every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video
  • TikTok: Every video upload using #BellLetsTalk or for every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at
  • YouTube: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at

Since 2011, people have sent a total of 1.3 billion messages of support under the campaign, raising a total of $121 million for mental health initiatives. As the most-used hashtag in Canada, #BellLetsTalk has connected citizens from all corners of the country for the past 12 years.


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