Defence Team members can take part in Bell Let’s Talk Day

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Defence Team members are encouraged to talk, text, and tweet about mental health on January 25 during Bell Let’s Talk Day, an annual campaign dedicated to creating a Canada free from mental health stigma.

This year’s event marks the seventh year for the campaign and the fourth year the Defence Team has been an active partner.

Commanders and Defence Team leaders are also encouraged to plan local activities to encourage open discussions about mental health. Leaders at all levels can take visible measures to combat stigma, encourage prevention and education programs, openly talk about mental health in the workplace, seek ways to improve mental health among their personnel, and work closely with the medical community to support those in need.

Here are some ideas on how you can encourage active participation in Bell Let’s Talk Day:
– Watch the CAF mental health stigma video, followed by group discussion;
– Invite a local mental health professional to provide a briefing to your team;
– Send an email to your staff encouraging them to take the time to participate in Bell Let’s Talk Day on social media;
– Hold a mental health town hall, including presentations from the base command team or a guest speaker, and invite members to share their stories;
– Hold an informal coffee discussion with your unit;
– Include an article on mental health in your January-February base newsletter; and
– Use the Bell Let’s Talk Conversation Guide, found at letstalk.bell.ca/en, to have a facilitated discussion or workshop with your unit.

Find more mental health resources to inform your discussions on the Defence Team intranet at intranet.mil.ca. Click on the Personnel tab, Health Services, and then Mental Health.

Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental health programs for every text message, wireless and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk Day image found at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk. To find out more about participating in the Bell Let’s Talk Campaign, visit letstalk.bell.ca/en.

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