On January 25th, 2017, Bell Let’s Talk Day marked the largest-ever corporate commitment to mental health in Canada, focusing on fighting stigma, supporting mental health research, and improving access to care while ensuring psychological health and safety in the workplace. On this 6th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day, Canadians responded in record numbers totaling 131,705,010 interactions across social media platforms (Bell Let’s Talk, n.d.). Bell donated an additional 5 cents for each long distance and mobile call, text, tweet, and Facebook share recorded, resulting in $6,585,250 raised towards mental health initiatives and groups in Canada e.g. Embrace Life Council, Strongest Families Institute, St. John Ambulance (Bell Let’s Talk, n.d.).
WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH DISCUSSION
As a workplace mental health blogger, I was curious about the discussion taking place around the topic of workplace mental health. Here are some wonderful insights that I have gathered on Twitter – many quoted from the Mental Health Commission of Canada account and by searching the hashtags #WorkplaceMH and #BellLetsTalk.
“Workplace safety isn’t just PHYSICAL risk – it’s also what might hurt your MIND”
“Civility + Respect = A safe and healthy workplace for everyone.”
“There are many ways to recognize staff. It can go a long way for workplace mental health.”
“At least 500, 000 Canadians, in any given week, are unable to work because of mental health problems or illnesses.”
“Examples of civility: Addressing people by name in emails, saying good morning, holding the door, etc.”
“Responding to work-related emails and messages 24/7 is not sustainable for mental health.”
“A positive work culture = honesty, trust, and respect. Our own small actions can make a big difference.”
“Creating a culture of openness makes it feel safe for staff to give feedback as it arises.”
“Workload management can help staff feel more in control of tasks, reduce stress, and burnout.”
It was so refreshing to see so many Canadians joining national conversation on the importance of mental health and the fight against stigma on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Now here’s to openly talking about mental health for the other 364 days of the year!
What did you learn on Bell Let’s Talk Day? Let us know in the comments below!
Bell Let’s Talk. (n.d.). Retrieved January 26, 2017, from http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/
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