Bell Let’s Talk on Wellness Wednesday

On this site, in the Solid Blog and on Wellness Wednesdays, we discuss ongoing strategies, ideas and plans for sustaining ongoing foundation for mental health and wellness.
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Recently, Barry Davis the host of The Spin on 960AM invited me to be a weekly contributor to discuss Mental Health with Mio during Wellness Wednesdays.

I am so grateful (and nervous!) to be given this opportunity to talk about and continue a wider discussion on mental health

On the premiere segment on the Spin’s Wellness Wednesday, we talk about Bell Let’s Talk Day.

Thanks to initiatives like Bell Let’s Talk Day, Canadians are increasingly becoming more comfortable discussing mental health.

Which for someone (me) who lives by the philosophy of maintaining and sustaining on-going mental wellness, it’s extremely good news that things are on a cultural upswing regarding more discussions and attention to the importance of mental health.

There are quite a few initiatives associated with the Bell Let’s Talk program and day, so I’ve included a link here where you can learn more.

Also, on January 30th through sharing the hashtag #BellLetsTalk on social media and taking actions like watching Bell Let’s Talk videos (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat), Bell will donate $0.5 for every action taken.

Click here to learn more about the Bell Let’s Talk Day initiatives, how you can help spread the word and actions you can take for Bell to make donations toward mental health programs across the country.

If you would like to learn more about every day people and their stories about living with mental health difficulties, during one of the previous Let’s Talk campaigns, these powerful stories of Canadians across the country were shared:

Toronto Talk Therapy Resources (Initial List)

In a future segment on Wellness Wednesday, we will be discussing access to different mental health resources available, particularly in the GTA.

Mental health resources and programs vary from province to province and city to city, so if you are looking for some options right now, a good place to start is to conduct a search online for “talk therapy toronto” or “psychotherapist mississauga” or wherever it may be most convenient for you to visit a mental health professional in person.

In addition, the Psychology Today directory can also be a good resource of available mental health professionals, areas of expertise and scope of practice

It can be helpful to know that the majority of mental health practitioners who can be found through online searches are those in private practice.

In other words, these professionals are not OHIP covered and many services may not be covered by extended benefits plans. Some time ago, I wrote a post about some of the details regarding insurance coverage to help clarify.

If cost is a factor, while quite limited and unfortunately in short demand, I have put together a list of lower cost talk therapy resources available here.

In the meantime, let’s keep talking and working to making mental wellness a priority. I’ll be back with a new post next week and join in on the discussing on Wellness Wednesday on the Spin with Barry Davis.

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