Bell Let’s Talk – Mental Health Education

Anita:  Hi everybody, its Anita here, and Janine.

Janine:  Good morning.

Anita:  Good morning or afternoon, or whenever you see this. Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day. It’s January 31st, and what Janine and I are doing, if you look up at the mural here, we are in the community of Fort Chipewyan, which is in Northern Alberta, and we are teaching a program called Assist, which is applied suicide intervention skills training.

We thought that was a wonderful thing to kick off Bell Let’s Talk Day. Over the last two days, we’ve been talking about suicide and interventions, and looking at a model that helps people interject and do some intervention to assist individuals who are having thoughts of suicide so we can keep people safe for now, and that’s what’s really important. Looking at mental health, it’s really important that we do have some good supports, that we do have some good education programs, and Assist being one of them, to pass them onto the community and help communities be safe, from a mental health perspective.

Janine:  Awesome.

Anita:  Is there anything else you wanted to say?

Janine:  One in 20 people are going to think about suicide in their life, so if we all have the skills, we can save lives.

Anita:  Exactly, so until later–

Janine:  Keep fit and have fun.

Anita:  Bye for now.