Bell Let’s Talk Funds Six New Mental Health Projects

Montreal , Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 18 – A joint $250,000 project was announced with Bell Let’s Talk and Northwestel to support the implementation of safeTALK across Nunavut, led by Embrace Life Council. safeTALK is a half-day alertness training program that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

January 18 – A $250,000 gift to the McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital will improve the quality of mental health care for people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The funded program will increase access to care by developing culturally relevant information for patients, families and care providers.

January 20Strongest Families Institute is an evidence-based, mental health service designed to deliver care to children and families by phone. Used around the world, it is proven to be an effective treatment for moderate mental health disorders. Bell Let’s Talk announced a $1 million investment matched by combined government funding from the governments of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to expand services for youth mental health, helping families across Atlantic Canada.

January 23 – Through a $150,000 gift, St. John Ambulance created a standardized, world-class St. John Ambulance Mental Health First Aid module. The module will be integrated into Emergency, Standard and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training courses across Canada. Courses are offered to approximately 500,000 Canadians each year in a variety of settings including workplaces, hospitals, and schools.

January 23 – Bell announced $300,000 to the Fondation Santé Sud de Lanaudière and à la Fondation pour la Santé du Nord de Lanaudière to introduce a new group therapy program for people with Borderline Personality Disorder and the creation of a specialized team to support those living with co-occurring disorders (mental illness and substance abuse). This program will support the whole Lanaudière region.

January 24 - Over the past five years, Dr. Heather Stuart’s research and advocacy related to anti-stigma has led to many positive changes regarding perceptions and attitudes about mental illness. Bell is partnering with Queen’s University to renew Dr. Stuart’s position as the Queen's Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair, with another investment of $1,000,000 as she continues to provide the leadership and collaboration within the university and across the wider community for the development and adoption of best practices in stigma reduction.