Blue hats topped the heads of many TRU students on January 31st as the University hosted events for the 8th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day. While most gathered outside of Old Main to roast marshmallows by the campfire and sign a large Bell Let’s Talk poster, others stayed inside to talk with Wellness Centre representatives and other students about the issues surrounding mental health.
With Bell’s annual awareness event seeing more interaction every year with the number of messages of support in 2017 being over 138,000,000 compared to 2016’s roughly 125,000,000, the local TRU community felt especially proud to participate in the cause.
“I think the conversations around mental health are really important,” spoke Meaghan Hagerty, a student case manager at the Wellness Centre.
“It’s something that affects every person in Canada either directly or indirectly. Being able to have an open, non-judgmental dialogue around it is beneficial to everyone.”
TRU students were actively engaged in the conversation, enjoying free coffee, picking through buttons and making emoji faces to tweet, as well as opening up about their experiences with one another.
“In this world, we just have to show appreciation towards each other,” said Richard Abankwa who was energetically drawing people towards the campfire to support the event.
While Bell Let’s Talk only happens once per year, the conversation regarding mental health is still open at TRU.
“On campus here for students there is the Wellness Centre,” Hagerty continued, “We look at what kind of support students need and how we can connect them into that support.”