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Let’s talk about mental health

On January 25, UM is joining the conversation to end the stigmatizing of mental illnesses on Bell Let's Talk Day.

January 24, 2023 — 

Every day of the year, we can take meaningful action to help our mental health and those around us who might be struggling. This time of the year can be particularly stressful for many, with the cold of winter looming, the holidays behind us, and the short days spent indoors. It is essential to talk about mental health and mental illness, share resources, and connect with others who may be struggling.

On Jan. 25, UM will join more than 200 post-secondary institutions across Canada to participate in the world’s largest mental health conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day. The campaign’s goal is to make sure we keep listening and talking.

This year’s Bell Let’s Talk theme is “Let’s create positive change,” highlighting the mental health crisis Canadians face and the ways we can make meaningful change. Bell Let’s Talk encourages everyone to always think about CHANGE:

  • Choose a mental health organization to learn about or support
  • Help a friend, family member, or colleague struggling with their mental health by learning how to support them
  • Ask about how your 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 the stigma
  • Share your actions using #BellLetsTalk and help inspire others to join the movement to create positive change

Across campuses, various activities are happening on Jan. 25 to encourage discussion, reflection, and well-being. Additionally, several resources are available to students and staff struggling with their unique challenges.

UM provides access to a wide range of student supports, including access to mental health services. No matter what level of need you or someone you know requires, it is always encouraged you reach out.

Our staff and faculty are encouraged to access resources and prioritize their mental health and well-being as we return from several years of pandemic life. There are resources available on the UM Intranet.

Gardening with Purpose

Date: Jan. 25

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (drop-in basis)

Location: Spiritual Care and Multi-Faith Centre, 521 UMSU University Centre

Gardening with Purpose allows you to reflect, identify and consciously practice lifestyle intentions or habits to foster well-being.

Facilitated and spurred through a gardening activity, you will create a self-development goal or aspiration you would like to see grow within yourself. The project aims to develop a sense of community and interaction with the land and nature.

All staff, students, and faculty are welcome.

Mindful Campus Room

Date: Jan. 24 (Fort Garry Campus, 217 UMSU University Centre), Jan. 26 (Bannatyne Campus, 405 Brodie Centre).

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (drop-in basis).

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join us for an afternoon of fun, relaxation, and connection 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! 

Join also for a guided mindfulness practice at 10:30 a.m.

All staff, students, and faculty are welcome.

While Bell Let’s Talk Day presents an excellent opportunity to talk about mental health and well-being, the conversation mustn’t end at the end of the day. The conversation must continue if we hope to beat the stigmatization around mental health and mental illness. To find out more ways to help end the stigmatization around mental illness, read about how you can join UM in the conversation.


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