Mental Health Matters

We hope everyone is having a healthy and happy New Year! But with these trying times, it is understandable that your mental health can take the back burner sometimes. However, it is important to speak up about what you are dealing with and talk to someone if you need help.

Bell Let’s Talk Day was created in September 2010 to provide mental health opportunities to people struggling across Canada. Today, we are celebrating their 10th January running. This initiative partners with over 1,000 hospitals, research institutes and care centres to provide funding to aid Canadians in their mental health.

With COVID-19 making waves in March, this is the first Bell Let’s Talk Day since the pandemic. Which is why it is even more important to be aware of what you are capable of, and what is going on with those around you. It has been a huge year for inner-growth and understanding, and much has been made possible thanks to the endless opportunities we have in Canada. We truly are lucky, and must recognize others who may be struggling. Since starting their first Bell Let’s Talk Day in January 2011, they have raised $100,695,763.75 with over 1 billion social media messages.

On January 28th, Bell Canada will donate 5¢ for every text, call, tweet or TikTok video using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk. Be sure to check out our Bell Let’s Talk Instagram story and share! 

For the month of January, we have decided to highlight some charities that have made strides in providing mental health care to Canadians!

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – Toronto and National

CAMH is one of Canada’s largest research centres and offers mental health teaching and educating, along with many online and in-person mental health services. They specialize in addiction and depression but also offer services for a variety of mental health disorders or anyone who may find it useful.

Stella’s Place  – Toronto, ON

Stella’s Place is located in the heart of Toronto, and provides mental health services to teens and young adults across the city! They offer peer support, mental health workshops and drop-in counselling to those struggling, in need of help. With COVID-19, affecting everyone’s mental health they have begun to offer online services including one-on-one counselling and group fitness activities like yoga!

Kid’s Help Phone  – National

Kid’s Help Phone is the only service in Canada that offers 24/7 phone/chat/text support for kids and teens dealing with any issue, whether it’s abuse, mental health, neglect, dating, etc. There is no judgement. 

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – National

The Canadian Mental Health Association is one of the oldest and most established mental health associations in Canada. They provide resources to those struggling with their mental health with a goal of building support and resilience amongst their community. 

These are more amazing charities are all on our website.  You can choose any charity across Canada to support through your next party or event.  To get started visit www.wishandgive.ca and raise money for a mental health charity today.

It’s time for the Wish & Give March Break Charity Challenge

Home for 3 weeks? We’ve got you covered!

It’s time for the 3rd Annual Wish & Give March Break Charity Challenge!  And in Ontario we have 3 weeks to complete the challenge!

We’ve come up with the 5 top challenges for kids of all ages to accomplish over March Break.

Goal setting is so good for kids!  Goals are a great way to keep kids learning, motivated and feeling good.

And even better by reaching the goal? Kids are fundraising for their favourite cause!  Canadian charities need our support more than ever right now. And it feels good to give back! Every March Break Challenge is a fundraiser for your favourite cause.

So, what is your kid’s stretch goal?  Think of something so big that you would sponsor them too!  The past few years our kids have been motivated to reach huge goals in reading or learning a new skill. They’ve each chosen goals that impressed me enough to sponsor them!  And now they plan all year what their March Break goal will be!

Top 5 Challenges to try:

Reading 
How many books can your child read in the next 3 weeks?  This works for any age, whether it’s learning to read or reading full novels.  Is it 10, 20 or 50 books?  Pick a big goal, they really can do it!

Exercise
It’s never been a better time to get outside!  The weather is mild and social distancing works well outdoors.  How far can they run or bike?  Set a big goal and train for it.  Maybe it’s learning to bike or biking 20km for the first time.  Grandma will be proud to sponsor this goal!

Learn something new
3 weeks is plenty of time to pick up a new skill.  Is it baking, cooking, doing the laundry or knitting a hat?  Encourage your children to learn something new.  Be sure to post pictures with the hashtag #MarchBreakCharityChallenge so we can celebrate these new skills!

Daily routines
No better time than now to start a healthy daily routine and do it every day for 3 weeks!  Is it making the bed every day, cleaning the house, putting away toys daily, or helping mommy and daddy.

Math
Time off from school is perfect for brushing up on new math skills. Is it telling time, multiplication tables, adding, division, fractions?  Set a big goal and get to work!

It’s easy to set up your March Break Charity Challenge at www.wishandgive.ca

  1. Simply log in
  2. Select ‘Invitation’
  3. Choose your charity
  4. Create your invitation – name your prize in the group gift section
  5. Send the URL to your friends and family and ask them to sponsor you (tip…don’t enter the email addresses online, just sent the URL)

For more information on how to set up your March Break Charity Challenge ‘invitation’ click here: March Break Charity Challenge Tool Kit. The tool kit provides a step by step process.

I’d love to hear what your family is going to do for your challenges?  Please share more ideas below.

Have fun!! And thanks for giving back this March Break!  The world is better because of you!

Be sure to tag #MarchBreakCharityChallenge so we can celebrate your accomplishments!!