Dear Parent/Guardians,

The Bell Let’s Talk Day is coming soon to our school– it is next Wednesday, January 30th. It’s a day to recognize and understand that everyone’s feelings matter, comfortable or uncomfortable.

“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 28th- February 1st will be Bell Let’s Talk Week at our school. Staff and students will come together to help end the stigma and keep the conversation going!

Our focus this year is ‘feelings’ and our motto will be ”ALL FEELINGS MATTER”, whether they are comfortable feelings (happy, excited) or uncomfortable feelings (sad, angry, worried).  Feelings are normal and okay to have, and as Martin Luther King Jr. once famously said, “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

Here are some ways St.Teresa school will represent Bell Lets Talk Week:

  • Monday January 28th- School wide assembly at 11:00 a.m.  (Feel free to join!)
  • Wednesday January 30th, Official Bell Let’s Talk Day, Wear Blue TODAY  
  • A Bell Let’s Talk Toque Giveaway– 1 per class on Wednesday
  • Friday February 1st- 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 (“ALL FEELINGS MATTER”)
  • Students will each write a speech bubble about feelings and will be displayed all around the school

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

http://ontario.cmha.ca/

Anxiety Canada

https://www.anxietycanada.com/

Parents For Children’s Mental Health, Kitchener

http://www.pcmh.ca/

KidsHealth

https://kidshealth.org/       

Sincerely,

Charlie and Alle,

On behalf of the Social Justice Club