The Bell Let’s Talk Day is coming soon to our school-it is next Wednesday, January 30th.  It’s a day to recognize and understand that everyone’s feelings matter, comfortable or uncomfortable and to identify someone who we can turn to, to talk to about our feelings.

‘One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma attached to it”  (https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/our-initiatives/).

There is a way to help.  At. St. Augustine school, we’re going to work together as a school community to help end the stigma.  The week of January 28th-February 1st will be Bell Let’s Talk Week at our school.  Staff and students will come together to help end the stigma and keep the conversation going!

Our focus this year is, ‘Whose got your back?’  Feelings matter and who can we turn towards to talk about our feelings, whether they are comfortable feelings (happy, excited) or uncomfortable feelings (sad, angry, worried).  Feelings are normal and okay to have, and as Martin Luther King Jr. once famously said, ‘We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.’

St. Augustine School will support Bell Let’s Talk Day on Wednesday, January 30th by wearing blueStudents who wear blue will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 15 Bell Let’s Talk Toques. Students will also write a speech bubble with a positive sentence to start a conversation with someone who might need a friend to talk to and the bubbles will then be hung up around the school.

The following are some links that you can check out for more information.

Here 24/7

http://here247.ca/ (1-844-437-3247)

Canadian Mental Health Association

http://ontario.cmha.ca/

KidsHealth

https://kidshealth.org/

Anxiety Canada

https://www.anxietycanada.com/