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Bell Let’s Talk 2024: Take meaningful action and create real change in mental health

January 24 is Bell Let’s Talk Day

January 23, 2024 — 

Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 24. UM is joining in and hosting events and activities from January 24-26! Consider Bell Let’s Talk Day the start of a new year to take action in mental health. We can all create real change by doing one or more of the following all year long:

  • Choose a mental health organization to learn about or support
  • Help a friend struggling with their mental health by learning how to support them
  • Ask about how your school, workplace or community is creating change for mental health
  • Nurture your own well-being by practicing and learning mental health strategies
  • Get involved in a mental health initiative or organize an event to support mental health
  • Engage in conversations about mental health to fight stigma

Share your actions using #BellLetsTalk and help inspire others.

How UM is joining the conversation

Staff, faculty and students are all encouraged to join in the conversation and raise awareness about the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Explore supports for students and resources for employee wellbeing. Attend one of the events listed below and do something for your own mental health this week.

From Surviving to Thriving

Date: January 23rd 2024
Time: 11 – 12:30pm
Location: Student Wellness Centre

Staff drop-in event
Date: January 23
Time: 1-3pm
Location: 300 Admin Building from 1-3pm
There will be snacks and swag for staff and an opportunity to share any mental wellness tips or strategies!

Falun Dafa English/Beginner’s Group
 Qigong meditation and reading teachings
Date:  Tuesday, January 23rd 
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Multi-Faith Centre, 521 A/B UMSU University Centre

Bell Let’s Talk Booth at Bannatyne Campus
Staff will provide giveaways, resources for mental health and people can share their ideas on how to achieve good mental health by filling out bubble sheets created for Bell Let’s Talk.

Date: January 24th
Time: 11:30-1:30 pm
Location: Brodie Atrium


Pause for Paws

Date: January 24, 2024
Time: 11 am – 12:30pm
Location: 162 Extended Education, Student Wellness Centre


Stigma Smackdown
Join us for an absolutely fun filled event where we welcome all people to come and pledge that they would do their part to break the stigma around mental health on campus. We invite everyone to paint their hands (you can put on a glove to keep it clean) and smack our Stigma Sheet to show their support for mental health awareness. 

Date: January 24, 2024
Time: 12 pm – 4 pm
Location: UMSU University Centre, First Floor (Beside GPA’s)


Free Group Fitness Access for UM Staff
UM staff can join Recreation Services for a free group fitness class by presenting their staff card to the Active Living Centre or Joe Doupe front desks.
Date: January 24
Time: Multiple classes. The schedule can be viewed here: Fort Garry schedule |Joe Doupe schedule

Location: Active Living Centre / Joe Doupe Recreation Centre


Bouncing Back to the Beat” – Group Drumming for Wellness
Make connections with fellow students and drum together with wellness-themed discussions and musical activities.  All skill levels welcome, instruments provided.
Date: Wednesday, January 24th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Multi-Faith Centre, 521 A/B UMSU University Centre

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Mahamevnawa Asapuwa
Meditation session with Buddhist Monk for the UofM community, no previous meditation experience required.
Date:  Wednesday, January 24th
Time: 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: Multi-Faith Centre, 521 A/B UMSU University Centre


Namchak Learning Circles Meditation
Guided meditation (Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice). Open to all students, no previous meditation experience is required.
Date: Thursday, January 25th
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Multi-Faith Centre, 521 A/B UMSU University Centre

Colourful Minds Paint Night

The Colourful Minds Painting Group is an opportunity for students to explore their artistic expression through paint in guided sessions. Students from all backgrounds are welcome to gather, learn and connect with each other in a safe, creative, and inclusive space.

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2024
Time: 4 -7 pm

Unwind and Thrive
Date: January 25th
Time: 10:30-12:30
Location: Student Wellness Centre 

Mindful Campus Room at Bannatyne
Come have some fun and connect in 405 Brodie Centre. There will be games, art supplies and a space to relax available for students, faculty, and staff.

Date: Friday, January 26th
Time: Noon-2:00 pm
Location: 405 Brodie Centre


Tech Free Lunch
Enjoy a tech-free lunch!  Students welcome to bring their lunch and enjoy it with others, while engaging in light conversation.  Organized by Segue, a Christian faith-based student group.

Date:  Friday, January 26th 
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Multi-Faith Centre, 521 A/B UMSU University Centre



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