Thursday, January 28, 2021

Talking About Mental Health: Bell Let's Talk Day

talking about mental health

January 28 is Bell Let’s Talk Day in Canada, a campaign that encourages dialogue about mental health and raises funds for mental health initiatives. Established 11 years ago, Bell Let’s Talk is now the world’s largest conversation about mental health. The more we talk openly about mental health, the sooner the stigma surrounding it will diminish. This year, the discussion seems more vital than ever as an increased number of people report that they are experiencing depression and/or anxiety.

We have all been impacted by the stresses of the past year, but people who are likely to feel the effects most strongly include people who are older, people with mental health conditions, people with few social supports, children and teens, and frontline workers, including teachers.


What Can We Do?

The first step in reducing the stigma around mental health and to getting support is to open a dialogue. If you need help, talk to someone. And if you think someone may be struggling, ask them about it. Check in with your friends and family, your colleagues, and your students – because young children are experiencing an increased amount of stress this year, too.

Bell Let's Talk shares these five tips for talking about mental health:
1. Language matters: the words you use can make all the difference.
2. Educate yourself: knowing the facts and myths about mental illness can be a great way to help end the stigma.
3. Be kind: simple acts of kindness can help open up the conversation and let someone know you are there for them.
4. Listen and ask: being a good listener and asking how you can help can be the first step in recovery.
5. Talk about it: mental illness touches us all in some way directly or through a friend, family member or colleague. Most people with mental health issues can and do recover, just by talking about it.

courtesy of Bell Let’s Talk

Another important tip is to take care of yourself, both mentally and physically. Stay connected with others, maintain as many of your routines as possible, and focus on the things in your life that you can control. Remember to exercise and get outside when you can. Eating healthily and getting regular sleep also help. Most of all, be brave and talk to someone. Be part of the conversation and help reduce the stigma around mental health. #BellLetsTalk

Visit the Bell Let's Talk website for helpful tips, a downloadable toolkit, support services, and information about the campaign.

— NAMC Staff

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

0 comments:

Post a Comment

Have questions or comments? Let us know what you thought about this article!

We appreciate feedback and love to discuss with our readers further.

NAMC Blog Inquiries Contact Form

Name

Email *

Message *

Search the NAMC Montessori Teacher Training Blog

Are you interested in reading back through NAMC's blog articles from years gone by, or for more information on a specific topic?

Browse a select list of our most popular categories below; by clicking on one, you will see every article posted under that topic since 2007. You may also use the lower archive menu to select a year and month, displaying all blog posts in the chosen time frame.

If you are seeking a range of information on a certain topic or idea, try this search box for site-wide keyword results.

Choose From a List of Popular Article Topics

NAMC Montessori Series

Montessori Philosophy and Methodology

Montessori Classroom Management

The School Year

Montessori Materials

Montessori Curriculum

Montessori Infant/Toddler (0–3) Program

Montessori Early Childhood (3–6) Program

Montessori Elementary (6–12) Programs

What is Montessori?

Search Archives for Montessori Blog Posts by Date


Thank you to the NAMC Montessori community!

This year marks NAMC’s 20th anniversary of providing quality Montessori distance training and curriculum development to Montessorians around the globe. Since we began in 1996, we have grown to build a fantastic community of students, graduates, and schools in over 120 countries. We are grateful for your continued support and dedication to furthering the reach and success of the Montessori method. Thank you for sharing this amazing milestone with us!