Mental illness represents 15% of the burden of disease in Canada and is the leading cause of disability in Canada, accounting for 30% of disability claims and representing 70% of the total costs. Yet only 5.5% of our healthcare dollars in Canada are dedicated to mental illness.
Around the world, hundreds of millions of people are affected by mental illness. It is expected that by 2020 it will be the leading cause of disability on the planet. But without adequate funding, the groundbreaking research that is needed to find cures and explore treatment options won’t happen.
Bell is supporting research into understanding and treatment with investments in best-in-class research programs at hospitals, universities, and other institutions across Canada. Bell is also supporting the best researchers with funding of new chairs, fellowships, and project grants.
Here are some of the projects that Bell is proud to be supporting:
Bell has donated $1 million to the University of British Columbia to establish the Bell Youth Mental Health Impact Project, which will allow UBC researchers to conduct mental health outreach to youth in need throughout BC.
Bell is donating $2 million to the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montréal for research activities associated with the Douglas-Bell Canadian Brain Bank, a world-class brain centre unique in Canada.
Bell Canada and Queen’s University announced a world-first: the creation the Chair of Mental Health and Anti Stigma Research to better understand the causes of stigma and how best to eradicate it.