December 3rd to the 7th 2018 will mark the 7th annual Ring-A-Bell Campaign. Borne of a collaboration between Partners For Youth, the Department of Education, and Bell Let’s Talk, this annual campaign aims to raise awareness on the mental health needs of children and youth and to support conversations on positive mental health throughout the province.
“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to once again be part of this campaign for increased awareness of mental health among children and youth,” said Glen LeBlanc, Vice Chair Atlantic at Bell Canada. “We applaud Partners for Youth and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for their leadership in bringing the Ring-A-Bell campaign to schools around the province and are proud to support the engagement of students, parents and teachers in growing this important conversation about mental health.”
Over the course of the week-long campaign, teachers and school staff throughout the province will coordinate activities, discussions, and lessons on topics related to mental health. These efforts will culminate on the 7th at noon with a province-wide bell-ringing event, during which students throughout New Brunswick will join together by ringing bells for one full minute. This collective act is meant to highlight how important it is for us to work towards meeting the mental health needs of our children and youth.
“Promoting positive mental health for our children and youth is a priority for our government,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “Awareness programs such as this one help destigmatize mental illness. I encourage everyone to take a moment on Dec. 7 and ring a bell in support of the mental health of our young people.”
This year, MacDonald Consolidated School in Kingston will host the official Ring-A-Bell ceremony to cap off the week-long campaign at noon on December 7th.