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Bell Let’s Talk Ignites students to talk about mental illness

By: Kaley James

January 25, 2017 TORONTO- Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day and Humber’s Ignite team is having an event surrounding mental health from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Student Centre. Mental health awareness clubs like Jack.org Humber will be participating and there will be activities so students can participate in the conversation around mental health.

Humber provides numerous student resources dedicated to student health, one being the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre (SWAC). SWAC is a resource centre that offers a number of services to help students with their mental health and wellness. Humber and Guelph-Humber students have access to free and confidential counselling, an LGBTQ+ resource centre, and an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Social Group. This is a limited list to the services SWAC offers, however, mental health needs are just as important as other health needs. 

Another service that Humber supports is the Good2Talk Post-Secondary Student helpline. It is a 24/7 confidential helpline that provides professional counselling, information and referrals for a student’s mental health, addiction or well-being. (refer below for more information) 

Mental illness affects one in five people. Bell Let’s Talk is dedicated to spreading awareness, building conversation, and ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. For each text or call on a Bell service, or any posts made on social media with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, five cents will be donated to one of the mental health initiatives that Bell supports.

So how do we as individuals spread awareness and start to end the stigma? Dr. Heather Stuart, the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair at Queen’s University, created five simple ways to help.

5 simple ways to end stigma and start a conversation:

  • Language matters – pay attention to the words you use about mental illness
  • Educate yourself – learn, know and talk more, understand the signs
  • Be kind – small acts of kindness speak a lot
  • Listen and ask – sometimes it's best to just listen
  • Talk about it – start a dialogue, break the silence

For more information: 

Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre (SWAC)

  • 416-675-6622 ext 4596 or email fita.intake@humber.ca

Good2Talk

  • 1-866-925-5454 or connect through 2-1-1

General Student Services

  • wegotyou.humber.ca

Bell Let’s Talk

  • http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/ or @Bell_LetsTalk