Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015
These 5 ways to communicate about mental illness show your support and can help those who struggle overcome their concerns about seeking help:
- Language matters – pay attention to the words you use about mental illness
- Educate yourself – learn, know and talk more, understand the signs
- Be kind – small acts of kindness speak a lot
- Listen and ask – sometimes it’s best to just listen
- Talk about it – start a dialogue, break the silence
Everyone can join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day
On January 28, for every text message, wireless and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of that day’s Bell Let’s Talk Day image at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5 cents more to Canadian mental health programs.
For more information, please visit the Bell Let’s Talk website.
Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015 is running a series of television commercials – see the YouTube videos below:
Bill C-14 now law
On April 11, 2014, Bill C-14 (An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (mental disorder)) received Royal Assent. A summary of the Bill may be consulted at http://www.parl.gc.ca/legisinfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=6319560
Please also see a press release co-signed by CMHA regarding Bill C-14 on the CMHA National website at http://www.cmha.ca/news/mental-health-community-committed-to-repairing-damage-caused-by-bill-c-14-not-criminally-responsible-reform-act/
CMHA is pleased to have secured amendments to the legislation last year (ss. 20.1 and 31.1), which now mandate Parliament to review, within 5 years of the coming into force of the Bill, the effect of the amendments of key not-criminally responsible sections of the amended Criminal Code and National Defence Act. However, CMHA remains concerned that many of the amendments in the Act do nothing more than create stigma and may have unintended impacts on the forensic mental health and criminal justice systems.
Celebrating Healthy Workplace Initiatives
For more information please read the news release here on mindfulness in workplaces.
Tell A Friend! Be A Friend! with CMHA Winnipeg’s new PSA’s (2014)
We’re starting a conversation about mental health! Listen to these great PSAs put together by our volunteers and Virgin 103.1 radio!
New Guidelines for Reporting on Mental Illness
Please click here to access new guidelines for reporting on mental illness provided by the Associated Press.
CMHA Winnipeg, collaborating with CMHA Manitoba Division, the Manitoba Psychological Society and Manitoba Schizophrenia Society has updated media guidelines based on existing guidelines developed by The Mental Health Literacy Network to advance a balanced and accurate reporting of mental health issues. Click here to access the suggested guidelines.