Canada West Communications
- Canada West is a proud part of Bell’s national student initiative to promote mental health on campuses across Canada
- All 17 Canada West members are part of the campaign, which leads to Bell’s annual Let’s Talk Day on January 25
- 21 Bell Let’s Talk games will be hosted across the conference this weekend, as schools in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba take part
EDMONTON – As part of the lead up to Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 25, Canada West and its member schools are proud partners in the national student initiative to promote mental health on campuses across Canada.
This weekend will feature 21 Canada West Bell Let’s Talk games, as our members help start mental health conversations and fight the stigma that keeps too many from seeking help.
Fans at special games across the conference will receive thunder sticks, temporary tattoos, and have the opportunity to sign talk bubbles and banners in support of mental health. Fans are also encouraged to join student-athletes by posting photos to social media with the hashtags #BellLetsTalk and #OneTeamForMentalHealth. Posted photos can be viewed at oneteam.bell.ca.
All 17 Canada West members are part of Bell’s expanded student-athlete initiative this season, which features schools from all four U SPORTS conferences, with Canada West joining our partners in Atlantic University Sport (AUS), Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), and Ontario University Athletics (OUA).
For a complete list of this weekend’s Canada West Bell Let’s Talk games, please click here.
Fighting the stigma: Student-athlete video series
Student-athletes from across the country have also produced a series of videos based on the 5 simple ways to help end stigma around mental illness. Videos featuring participants from each of the regional university sport conferences can be viewed at oneteam.bell.ca.
To kick off the series, 6 Academic All-Canadian student-athletes share their experiences in the first video, Let’s Talk About It, recorded this fall in Ottawa, including Canada West student-athletes Rebecca Terejko and Chad Bush from UBC:
“Mental illness has impacted my life in various ways. Personally, I struggled with anxiety in my first couple years of university – just trying to manage all the performance demands both academically and in my sport. Later on, I found out that I had a lot of teammates dealing with various mental illnesses. It is definitely something people hide and are afraid to express especially among their teammates." - Rebecca Terejko, Swimming, University of British Columbia
“It’s tough to keep things in and all of that will just build up, so having that outlet to talk to somebody is going to be very beneficial.” - Chad Bush, Soccer, University of British Columbia
Bell Let’s Talk Day
On January 25, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these interactions at no extra charge to participants:
- Every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers.
- Twitter: Every tweet using #BellLetsTalk
- Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk
- Instagram: Every post using #BellLetsTalk
- Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Snapchat geofilter
Bell Let's Talk Day 2016 set new records with 125.9 million messages of support, growing Bell's funding for Canadian mental health by $6,295,764.75. #BellLetsTalk was the #1 Twitter hashtag in Canada for all of 2016, and the most used in the world on Bell Let's Talk Day 2016.
With its original anchor donation of $50 million and the results of the first 6 Bell Let's Talk Days, Bell's total commitment to mental health now stands at $79,919,178.55, and is expected to surpass $100 million in 2020. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
About Canada West:
Canada West is the premier athletic conference in the country and is home to champion student-athletes that excel on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. Canada West and its 17 member institutions commit to a student-athlete experience where competitive excellence, scholarship and sportsmanship contribute equally towards moulding outstanding graduates and community leaders.
Canada West – Training leaders, building champions.