Wednesday, January 26, 2022

On Wednesday, January 26th, UWaterloo will be joining 228 universities and colleges from across Canada to participate in Bell Let’s Talk Day, when Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view and use of our Facebook frame or Snapchat lens.

Did you know that Bell recently announced another $1 million from the Bell Post-Secondary Fund in grants for institutions implementing programs supporting the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students or the Québec Action Plan on Student Mental Health for Higher Education

Are you struggling with mental health? The University of Waterloo provides help for staff and their family members at no additional cost to employees. This Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provided by Homewood Health is available 24-7. 

Warriors have been provided with a digital tool kit that can be used to engage students, staff, faculty, alumni and community. Visit the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Digital Toolkit to find out more information on the following:

  • Bell Let's Talk virtual photo booth  - Submit your photo
  • Virtual Activity template 
  • Digital Bell Let’s Talk flag 
  • Au Contraire Film Festival 
  • Kids Help Phone and Jack.org virtual events and resources focused on student mental health
  • Communications materials 

We realize that our students are currently learning from home and most of us are working virtually, but we do have Bell toques and speech bubbles available if any of you would like them to assist with your messaging leading up to or for the day. Contact Donna Rheams if you would like to arrange for these items. 

A communications plan has also been developed by various on campus partners for the week of Jan 24-28. The key messages for the plan will be "I'm here, We're here, I'm listening, We're listening, Keep listening, Keep Talking."  The plan includes daily social media posts with resources and messaging from the following accounts:

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