Bell Let’s Talk launches new Diversity Fund

New $5 million fund to support the mental health and well-being of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities across Canada with inaugural funding for Black Youth Helpline and National Association of Friendship Centres.

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We’re excited to announce the 11th annual Bell Let's Talk Day will be Thursday, January 28. Stay tuned to our website and social media accounts for more information on how you can join in.

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Maintaining good mental and physical health during the COVID-19 situation will help ensure Canadians get through this together. Connect to tips and online resources from our partners to support and help manage your mental health through this difficult time.

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5 simple ways to end the stigma and start a conversation

Stigma can often prevent those struggling with a mental illness from seeking the help they need. Developed in partnership with Dr. Heather Stuart, the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research Chair at Queen's University, here are 5 simple ways to help end the stigma and initiate a conversation.

Your words matter

The words you use can make all the difference. Words can help, but they can also hurt. What would you choose?

  • Schizo
  • Crazy
  • Person with schizophrenia
  • Person with a mental illness

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When it comes to mental illness, education is key. Having the right tools, knowing the right words to use and understanding how to correctly speak with someone experiencing a mental illness can make all the difference. View the Bell Let’s Talk Toolkit

Kindness is key

Simple kindness can make a world of a difference. Whether it be a smile, being a good listener or an invitation for a chat over coffee, these simple acts of kindness can help open up the conversation and let someone know you’re there for them.

Expressions like “You’ll get over it” and “Just relax” can hurt more than help. Instead, offer your support and say “I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well” or better yet, ask what you can do to help.

Your presence is all it takes

Mental illness is a very common form of human pain and suffering. Being a good listener and asking how you can help or simply just being there for people you care about can be the first step to recovery.

Here are a few examples of what to ask:

  • I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well.
  • I’ve noticed you’ve been down lately. Is everything OK?
  • How can I help?

Break the silence

Two out of three people suffer in silence, fearing judgement and rejection. Being open to a conversation is the first step towards eliminating the stigma.

Know the facts, be kind, be a good listener and a friend. Be part of the conversation to eliminate the stigma once and for all.

The Right Here, Right Now drop-in counselling program has helped 460 women, a 37% increase from the previous year thanks, in part, to a donation of $25,000 from Bell Let's Talk. Funding has allowed us to be responsive to the needs of women through hiring an essential second part-time counsellor and increasing our evening hours.

Laura Winters, Executive Director, St. John's Status of Women Council / Women's Centre

Kids Help Phone engages in more than 1,500 texting, phone and chat conversations and initiates 4-6 active rescues in communities every day. Bell’s support has been vital to ensuring we are at the forefront of technology.

Katherine Hay, President & CEO, Kids Help Phone

As a result of Bell’s Community Fund grant, we have provided clients living in local, rural and northern outreach locations with 473 urgent psychiatric consultations and have performed 471 crisis assessments.

Anne Sprack, Clinical Manager , Urgent Response and Care Transitions, Health Sciences North

With Bell Let’s Talk’s generous gift of $1 million and matched government funding, Strongest Families Institute will be able to help more than 2,000 additional children, youth and families in Atlantic Canada.

Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie, President & CEO, Strongest Families Institute

The Hamlet of Arviat with the funding support from Bell Let's Talk was able to train youth workers at the Youth Drop-In Centre in Peer Support Skills, Healthy Relationships, Coping Skills and Bullying. Our youth workers work with number of youth in the community population of approximately 3,000.

Michelle Malla, Director of Community Development, Hamlet of Arviat

In the last year alone, Bell has funded 1,000 telephone and online counselling hours, which means more than 8,900 one-on-one counselling sessions were empowering young people nationwide.

Katherine Hay, President & CEO, Kids Help Phone

Thanks to Bell’s confidence and belief in our mission, we’ve made great strides since January 2015 to improve our capacity to provide optimal care for children and teens with eating disorders.

Dr Danielle Taddeo, Pediatrician, CHU Sainte-Justine (2015 Bell Let’s Talk Major Gift recipient)

Thanks to generous support of Bell Let's Talk, the Montreal General Hospital Neuromodulation Unit offers rTMS treatments to more patients suffering from anxiety and mood disorders such as depression. For those individuals who do not respond well to traditional medication, having access to this innovative treatment is priceless

Dr. Michaela Barbarosie, Director of the Neuromodulation Unit, MGH

Canadian Mental Health Association introduces BounceBack®. National expansion supported with funds from Bell Let’s Talk

Toronto, Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) today announced the introduction of CMHA’s BounceBack® program to residents in the Atlantic provinces, Québec, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Yukon, and further expansion of the program in Manitoba thanks to a $1 million donation from Bell Let’s Talk announced earlier this year.

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