Ring A Bell campaign to promote positive mental health

New Brunswick Government

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development says the ninth annual 'Ring-A-Bell' campaign continues until December 6.

A release says the goal of the campaign is to raise awareness and support conversations inside and outside the classroom on the importance of mental health.

"Promoting positive mental health in our schools is essential to setting our students up for long-term success," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. "By having open discussions about mental health, we are better able to support children and youth, and improve the overall well-being of New Brunswickers. I encourage everyone to participate by ringing a bell this week."

The province says the campaign is coordinated jointly by Dots NB/Partners For Youth Inc., the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Bell Aliant.

Mental health lesson plans and activities will be used in classrooms across the province as part of the campaign and are meant to support youth, their families and communities to take positive action in support of the mental health of young people.

Students from kindergarten through Grade 8 across the province are invited to show their support by ringing bells for one minute.

The Department of Education says ringing bells is meant to draw attention to the importance of ensuring the mental health needs of children are met and their voices are heard.