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KBI Inspire Magazine

In support of Bell Let's Talk Day, we've pulled together a short piece with links to articles and resources on mental health.  If you feel it's the right time for you, we invite you to browse through the topics.  If you need help now, there are a number of crisis lines listed at the bottom of this article where you can access immediate help.



Create a Positive Change


"Let's change this" is the theme of this year's Bell Let's Talk Campaign. According to Mental Health Research Canada, approximately 56% of Canadians who are struggling with their mental health are not getting the support they need. That's a sobering statistic, but one that can absolutely be changed. And there is a lot we need to change in society about how mental health and mental illness are perceived, talked about (or not) and treated (or not).  Bell Let's Talk Day is just that - one day. But it is a day that can be a catalyst to spark conversations, take actions and initiate change.  Let's start having those difficult conversations. Let's talk. Let's change. 

The articles listed below are a starting point, offering different perspectives on mental health and written by both mental health professionals and those with lived experience.   


Feature Articles

Suicide Prevention: Daniel's Story, by Lynn Keane

Youth Athletes and Mental Health, by Mikaela Brewer

Tyler Smith: It's Okay to not be Okay, by Tyler Smith

Change is Possible, by Asante Haughton


'Life Outside the Box ' podcast series on Youth Mental Health

Hot Topics (3 minute reads)

Let's Be Real: the Unspoken Stigma Around Mental Illness, by Dawn Miller

Navigating the System: How to find Mental Health Support, by Maureen Pollard, MSW

5 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Mental Health, by Abbigale Kernya

Finding Meaning & Purpose, by Dr. Ian Dawe

Beating the Winter Blues,  by Maureen Pollard, MSW

Grief 101,  by Maureen Pollard, MSW

Speaking with Young People about Mental Health, by Gillian Smith-Clark and Maureen Pollard, MSW


Canadian Mental Health Association

Mental Health Research Canada

Bell Let's Talk Resources

Kids Help Phone

Red Cross - Psychological First Aid

Rainbow Resource Centre

We Matter

Youth Toolkit


Need Help Now?

Reach a Kids Help phone counsellor 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868

Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566 or visit the Centre for Suicide Prevention at  for more resources and a free, downloadable Suicide Prevention Toolkit.

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