National Music Centre explores the healing power of music for mental health in celebration of Bell Let’s Talk Day

January 25, 2018


The National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to announce a full day of events dedicated to education and awareness in support of mental health and music on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 31.

NMC joins the national conversation around mental health with a range of activities all day long including a mental health exhibition featuring regional community partners, specialty tours, and music and mental health presentations.

“All of the National Music Centre’s programs revolve around the idea that music is medicine and can be used as a powerful tool to heal and bring people together in a common ground,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO for NMC. “Believing in the power of music is an underlying current for everything that we do. We are proud to partner with Bell Let’s Talk for another year and to be part of this important national discussion around mental health.”

All daytime programs will be included with admission to Studio Bell on January 31. Community partners will be on site in Canada Music Square, the ground floor of Studio Bell that is free to the public, to share information about their mental health services. Participating partners include Guitars for Vets, Thumbs Up Foundation, Calgary Counseling Centre, and Canadian Mental Health Association–Calgary Region.

“Bell Let’s Talk welcomes the continued support of the National Music Centre and we thank them for growing the mental health conversation with a focus on the healing powers of music,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “We encourage Calgarians and visitors to this great Canadian city to visit Studio Bell on January 31 and add their voices to the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day.”

Programming schedule for Bell Let’s Talk Day at Studio Bell

10:00 am – 5:00 pm    Mental health community exhibition in Canada Music Square
11:00 am – 12:00 pm    Music therapist Sara Pun shares some music therapy exercises
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm    Feature presentation: Music Therapists for Mental Health
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm    Live stream Q & A session with Sara Pun
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm    Buskers perform on Skybridge
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm    NMC President’s Tour with Andrew Mosker and Sara Pun, highlighting healing and restorative power of music.
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm    Kimball Theatre presentation: “Why does music make us feel emotions?”
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm    Buskers perform on Skybridge

This event is included with admission to Studio Bell. Please go here to purchase your advance tickets and for event updates.

A visitor at last year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day event, sharing her support for mental health awareness. Photo credit: Neil Zeller. 

Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 31

The National Music Centre joins Bell in inviting everyone to get engaged on Bell Let’s Talk Day and help drive Bell’s donations to mental health. Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these interactions on January 31, at no extra cost to participants:

  • Text and talk: Every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell customers
  • Twitter: Every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and Bell Let’s Talk Day video view
  • Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at com/BellLetsTalk and use of the Bell Let’s Talk frame
  • Instagram: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view
  • Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk filter and video view

Bell Let’s Talk Day 2017 set all new records with 131,705,010 messages, growing Bell’s funding for Canadian mental health by $6,585,250.50. #BellLetsTalk was Canada’s top hashtag in 2017, and is now the most used Twitter hashtag ever in Canada.

With approximately 729,065,654 interactions by Canadians over the last 7 Bell Let’s Talk Days, Bell’s total commitment to mental health, including an original $50-million anchor donation in 2010, has risen to $86,504,429.05. Bell expects its donation commitment to reach at least $100 million in 2020. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

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