Bell Let’s Talk Day is Thursday, Jan. 28 in 2021. Again this year, Brandon University is proud to support Bell Let’s Talk Day through their various initiatives to increase awareness and acceptance around mental health. There are so many ways to help; from learning how to recognize stressors to supporting someone facing mental health challenges. With COVID-19 having such a significant impact on our daily lives, these unusual circumstances have affected how we cope with stress and how to look after our mental health.
On the BU Wellness webpage, employees will find resources courtesy of Bell Let’s Talk and Homewood Health. Learn more about self-care and how the simple act of showing kindness can have a positive impact on mental wellness.
Bell Let’s Talk – A Wellness Initiative
Homewood Health, as our Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, also has a number of resources available to help support our employees or family members who may need it. Some of their articles and videos include:
- Taking Charge of Stress
- 10 Steps to Achieving Work Life Balance
- Supporting Someone with Mental Illness
- Dealing with Seasonal Depression
- Getting Adequate Sleep
To assist managers and supervisors, there is also an informative webinar related to mental health during COVID-19 called The Second Wave and Your Mental Health.
We encourage you to take a few minutes to watch the videos and read the resources.
As always, if you or a family member need to talk with someone, Homewood Health Client Services Representatives are available 24/7 at 1-800-663-1142. All calls are completely confidential.
For students, we remind you that there are resources available through Student Services, including free counselling services which are now being offered by phone or video chat. Please call 204-727-9737 to set up an appointment. More information is available online: https://www.brandonu.ca/student-services/personal-counselling/
All members of the BU community have access to the Therapy Assistance Online app, TAO, which brings self-help mental wellness resources to your device. Learn more and download the app: https://www.brandonu.ca/personal-counselling/tao/
Other community resources include:
Community Mental Health Services 204-578-2400 Westman Crisis Services 204-725-4411
Child & Adolescent Treatment Centre 204-578-2700 Centre for Adult Psychiatry 204-578-4555