Meet the 2017 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund recipients

Montreal , Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund program has selected 70 organizations from across the country who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to help increase access to mental health care for those living with mental health issues. From the Hamlet of Arviat in Nunavut to the University of Prince Edward Island, each unique program will positively impact many people living in local communities. Congratulations to the recipients, whose names and project summaries can be found here.

“As one of the 70, grant recipients this year, the funds will allow us at Stella’s Circle to train five counselors in Horticultural Therapy training,” said Denise Hillier, Director of Clinical Services with Stella’s Circle. “Once trained, they will facilitate several Horticultural Therapy sessions in various environments. Horticultural Therapy specializes in the treatment of clients with PTSD, affective disorders, schizophrenia and other mental health issues. It can help improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, and socialization.”

The annual Bell Let's Talk Community Fund is part of the $100 million Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative that promotes Canadian mental health including national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let's Talk Day, and provides significant funding of community care, research and workplace initiatives across Canada.

The Fund provides $1 million in grants each year for local and grassroots mental health initiatives that improve access to care and make a positive impact in communities across Canada. Since 2011, the Fund has supported 414 organizations. The next call for applications will open in January 2018.

Pictured front row left to right: Daniel Desruisseaux, of Proxim pharmacy in East Angus, Honorary President Carmen Maillé, Chair of the Board of Directors at Virage Santé mentale Pauline Beaudry, Director of Virage Santé mentale Daniel Castonguay, Manager, Field Operations, Bell Line Boulanger, Mayor of East Angus Ghislain Bolduc, Member of the National Assembly for Mégantic Réjean Dumas, owner of Weedon Auto, Lead Sponsor

Pictured back row left to right: Richard Vaillancourt, CIUSSS-CHUS, Coordinator of community mental health, addiction and psychosocial services Richard Tanguay, Mayor of Weedon Daniel Lamoureux, General Manager of Caisse Desjardins du Nord du Haut Saint-François, Lead Sponsor