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Bell Let’s Talk Day – Here Are Some Actions You Can Take Today

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, and the theme this year is “Let’s create real change for mental health”

“To build a caring community for mental health and addiction, it takes all of us coming together. We break down stigma through open conversations, education, active engagement in events and fundraising, and making our own mental well-being a priority. It’s through these actions that we create an environment where everyone can easily access the support they need.”- Claudia den Boer, Interim CEO CMHA Grey Bruce.

We encourage everyone to be part of the change by taking one or more of the following actions:

  1. Learn More: Explore mental health organizations in your region and discover the programs and services offered. Here are the Programs and Services offered through CMHA Grey Bruce.
  2. Support a Loved One: Equip yourself with the knowledge to assist a loved one struggling with their mental health. Find helpful tips here: Mental Health Help For Others. If you’re concerned about a loved one, you can contact the Grey Bruce Mental Health Crisis Line 24/7 at 1-877-470-5200.
  3. Discover Youth Awareness: Learn more about our Youth Awareness Team and the positive impact they make on our young people. FAN Club – CMHA Grey Bruce and Let’s Talk – CMHA Grey Bruce
  4. Prioritize Your Well-being: Practice and learn about mental health strategies by joining the Push-Up Challenge. Will you accept The Push-Up Challenge and do 2,000 push-ups from Feb 1-23 – in the name of the 20% of Canadians who experience a mental illness each year? Find out more at The Push-Up Challenge and raise funds for CMHA Grey Bruce.
  5. Get Involved: Participate in a mental health initiative or organize an event to support mental health. Attend the Talk Today OHL Hockey Game with the Owen Sound Attack on Feb 7th, 2024, which marks its 10th season. Learn more about it here: 10th Season – Talk Today Game – CMHA Grey Bruce
  6. Take Mental Health Training: Sign up for mental health training, such as the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). ASIST Training
  7. Financial Support: Donate to a local mental health organization. Donate to CMHA Grey Bruce: Donate Here

As Bell Let’s Talk Day focuses on creating real change for mental health, CMHA Grey Bruce reminds Ontarians to include addictions in the conversation. While Bell Let’s Talk has facilitated open and honest conversations about mental health issues, the stigma surrounding substance use and addictions, in particular remains. Stigma is one of the biggest barriers for people seeking and receiving treatment. Since 2020, the Owen Sound Police Service has reported attending 39 deaths in Owen Sound where the cause of death has been suspected drug toxicity.

About CMHA Grey Bruce:

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Grey Bruce is a community-based mental health organization dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy to individuals, families, and communities in the Grey-Bruce region. With a commitment to reducing stigma and promoting mental well-being, CMHA Grey Bruce offers a range of programs and services tailored to the unique needs of our community.

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