Dear Parent/Guardians,

The Bell Let’s Talk Day is coming soon to our school– it is next Wednesday, January 29th. It’s a day to recognize and understand that all feelings matter, positive or negative.
“One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma attached to it”

(https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/our-initiatives/).

There is a way to help. At St. Teresa School, we’re going to work together as a school community to help end the stigma. The week of January 27th- January 31st will be Bell Let’s Talk Week at our school. Staff and students will come together to help end this negative mindset and keep the conversation going!
Our focus this year is on spreading awareness for mental health and our motto will be No Problem Is Too Big Or Small. We believe all mental illnesses are important, and none are too big or too small to be ignored. While many voices are not heard, we believe all should be and we will work towards that.

Here are some ways St. Teresa school will represent Bell Let’s Talk Week:
• All week: Daily announcements about ending the stigma and students will each write a Bell Let’s Talk speech bubble and will be displayed all around the school
• Wednesday, January 29th, Official Bell Let’s Talk Day
o Wear Blue TODAY
o Assembly at 1:45 pm- Giveaways of Bell Let’s Talk toques, bracelets, pins
• Friday, January 31- Our Bell Let’s Talk Banner will be hung in the front foyer. It will be available the whole week for students, staff and parents to sign our pledge (No problem is too big or too small)

For more information about mental health or if you have any concerns about a loved one, here are some websites and a school social worker you can access:

Cathy McDonald-Reis (School Social Worker) 519-578-3660, ext.2374
Email: cathy.mcdonaldreis.@wcdsb.ca

Here 24/7
http://here247.ca/ (1 844 437 3247)

Canadian Mental Health Association

Anxiety Canada

Parents For Children’s Mental Health, Kitchener
http://www.pcmh.ca/

Sincerely,
Charlie, Aidan and Martina
On behalf of the Social Justice Club