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Bell Let’s Talk Day – Every action counts

Jan. 29 is Bell Let’s Talk Day; see what’s happening across our campuses

January 22, 2020 — 

Once again the University of Manitoba will be among the more than 200 post-secondary institutions across Canada to join the mental health conversation with Bell Let’s Talk. The campaign inspires people to get involved and raise awareness about the importance mental health.

In its tenth year, the campaign’s theme is Mental Health: Every Action Counts. This year from January 27-31 UM will fly the Bell Let’s Talk flag at its Fort Garry campus.

“We applaud Bell’s efforts in this area,” says David Barnard, President of the University of Manitoba. “And as we continue our work in providing an outstanding student experience we will be mindful of the challenges that may be faced and encourage students to seek out ways to maintain positive mental health through on-campus services.”

Join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day!
On January 29, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of the following communications, at no extra cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access:

  • Talk: Every mobile and every long distance call made by Bell wireless and phone customers
  • Text: Every text message sent by Bell wireless customers
  • Twitter: Every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk, featuring the special Bell Let’s Talk emoji, and every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at
  • Facebook: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk frame
  • Instagram: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at
  • Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk filter and every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view
  • YouTube: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at


In 2019, Bell Let’s Talk Day generated 145,442,699 messages across all platforms, growing Bell’s funding for mental health by an additional $7,272,134.95. Since the first Bell Let’s Talk Day in 2011, Canadians and people around the world have sent a total of more than 1 billion messages of support for mental health.


What’s happening at UM

Across Fort Garry campus

Join us and take part in any number of events have been planned on campus:

UMSU Students Let’s Act mental health awareness week

January 27-31, 2020


Mindful Campus Rooms

Calm Room – FK212 Active Living Centre, Fort Garry Campus

January 27 – 31, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Students, Staff, Faculty and members are invited to join us January 27-31 in our pool classroom which will be converted into a Calm Room. You can experience dim lights, soft music, and a safe, calm and quiet place to take a break during the week.

FREE access to the Active Living Centre and the group fitness classes during this week. ALC hours are Monday-Friday, 6am – 10pm.

Community Room – Pembina Hall Lounge, Fort Garry Campus

January 27 – 31st, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Students, staff and faculty are invited to join us January 27-31 in the Pembina Hall Lounge, which will be converted into a space for fun, relaxation, and connecting with other UM community members. Bring yourselves, friends and co-workers to enjoy tea & snacks, play a game, or indulge your creative side – there’s something for everyone! Room will be open from 11am-2pm each day. See you there!

Mindful Campus Events

Creativity: A Wellness Practise for 2020!

January 30, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Pembina Hall Lounge

Come explore how creative expression, movement and art making can create space  for new intentions and wellbeing in 2020!

Free to attend. No art skills required. All supplies are provided.

Register by email to Jodie Schoenbeck, Jodie [dot] schoenbeck [at] umanitoba [dot] ca jodie [dot] schoenbeck [at] umanitoba [dot] ca, or call 204-474-8196. Spaces are limited so please sign up early

Facilitated by: Jodie Schoenbeck and Jesse Singer, Student Support Case Management

Drop-In Art Activity

January 31, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Pembina Hall Lounge

Take a break! Come participate in simple art activities – all levels of creativity and imagination are invited!

You will leave with a finished art piece. A gentle reminder to make more space for fun and relaxation this year!

Free to attend. No art skills required. All supplies provided. No registration required.

Facilitated by: Jodie Schoenbeck and Jesse Singer, Student Support Case Management



Across Bannatyne Campus

Bell Let’s Talk Kiosk

January 29

Brodie Mezzanine (Bannatyne Campus)

Join the conversation about mental health! Share messages of support, learn about upcoming events, and get a Bell Let’s Talk toque!


Mindful Campus Events

Gardening Workshop

January 30 12-1 p.m.

S200 Medical Services

Join Sam Tomchuk, Bannatyne caretaker and horticulturist, to improve your gardening skills and learn about the wellness benefits to gardening. This hands-on workshop will give you the opportunity to plant a clipping and learn about its care. Participants will take home their newly-planted spider plants and receive a succulent as well. This FREE workshop is open to students, staff and faculty. Space is limited; register at

Movies for Mental Health: Movies for the Mind, Stories for the Soul

January 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Frederic Gaspard Theatre, (Theatre B) in the Basic Medical Sciences Building

Dinner, short films and discussion

All UM staff, faculty and students are invited to join for this FREE 3-part event, starting with a film screening of 3 short films created by Canadian students. Broaden your understanding of mental health while hearing from students with lived experience, learning about campus and community resources, and enjoying a meal together. This event is being hosted in collaboration with Student Services at Bannatyne Campus and Art With Impact.

Free group fitness classes at Joe Doupe!

January 29 and 31, 2020

Joe Doupe Recreation Centre

All faculty, staff and students are invited to the following group fitness classes for FREE:

Monday:                                 11:30am-12:00pm                                    Mind Body Express

                                                4:30pm and 5:00pm – 6:00pm             Flow plus Hatha Yoga

                                                5:00pm-6:00pm                                       Yin Yoga/Mind Body

Express Wednesday:             12:00pm-1:00pm                                      Hatha Yoga

Friday:                                     1:00pm-2:00pm                                       Hatha Yoga

Mindful Campus Workshops

Plan for Resilience

January 31, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

116 Apotex Building

An interactive workshop for staff and faculty to help build resilience and plan for stressful situations both personally and professionally.

Facilitator: Arlana Vadnais (Employee Wellness Specialist) and Erin White (Mental Health Strategy Assistant). 

Register at:

From Surviving to Thriving: Developing Personal and Academic Resilience

January 31, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

116 Apotex Building

Move yourself from simply surviving university to thriving in it! In this interactive workshop, you will develop a plan to build your resiliency and guide you in successfully navigating stressful personal and academic situations.

Facilitators: Britt Harvey (Health and Wellness Educator) and Bailey Hendry (Healthy and Wellness Program Assistant)

Register at:



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