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Bell Let’s Talk – January 28th, 2021

Bell Let’s Talk Day

Bell Let’s Talk day is January 28th, 2021. This is a day all about reaching out and talking in support of mental health. This year, WAYVE will be hosting a virtual event. Join us to hear our team members share their experiences with their own mental health, talk about how COVID has impacted their wellbeing, and give some insight into what it’s like to reach out for help. We’ll also talk about some strategies that you can use to support your own mental health, ways that you can reach out for support, and how to start that difficult conversation with someone you care about. 

Anyone is welcome to join us, but this webinar was designed for youth, by youth.

Our webinar will be held on Thursday, January 28th from 3:30-4:30. Click here to register.

We can’t wait to see you!

WAYVE and Black Lives Matter

While WAYVE has changed direction over the years to focus more broadly on mental health, we acknowledge that we cannot separate mental health from justice and equality. The Black Lives Matter movement and fight to end anti-Black racism has deep roots in our program’s history. WAYVE would not exist were it not for the murder of a 20 year old Black man, Howard Joel Munroe, at the hands of a white street gang in 2001. This murder played an important role in our community’s work to end violence, specifically violence targeting Black members of our community.

Today we are reminded of how far we still have to go and continue to engage in critical reflection and work to address the racism embedded in the fabric of our community and our country. Together we can make a difference.

This site will be updated with more resources and information about what you can do but here are a few ways to get started:

  • Stop telling and laughing at racist jokes.
  • Stop using offensive, harmful, and racist language.
  • Call and email people in public offices and local leaders to encourage them to take an active stand against racism.
  • Donate your time, energy, resources, or money. Black Lives Matter WR Community Solidarity Fund is just one local group you can find on GoFundMe.
  • Demand change.
  • Demand justice.

To learn more about white privilege, how to be an ally, and for other resources including great books to read and some videos to watch check out some of these links.

What is WAYVE?

Wellness Acceptance Youth Voices Empowerment (WAYVE) is a mental health awareness  group focusing on youth leadership and community building in Waterloo Region. Read more about what we do by clicking on the About WAYVE tab at the top of this page!

Join WAYVE today to start creating meaningful change!

WAYVE used to stand for Working Against Youth Violence Everywhere but it now stands for Wellness Acceptance Youth Voices Empowerment. Read more about our name change on this blog post.

If you are looking for help or resources please visit the get help page.