The Rossy Family Foundation and Bell Let’s Talk help boost CÉGEP students’ mental health

Montréal , Tuesday, October 2, 2018

College students in Québec will benefit from a joint $500,000 donation from Bell Let's Talk and The Rossy Family Foundation aimed at easing the transition from secondary school into a college environment.

The gift to the Fédération des cégeps and the Fondation de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) will enable the broader implementation and evaluation of the Zenétudes program.

Founded by UQAM professor Diane Marcotte, Director of the Research Laboratory on Youth Mental Health in Schools, the Zenétudes program offers 3-part, in-class and small-group workshops to develop student mental health awareness and knowledge of strategies to prevent mental health issues.

The donation will double the reach of the program from eight institutions to 16. By 2020, more than 9,000 additional students across Québec will have access to this innovative program during their first session at CÉGEP. It will also provide many teachers with more knowledge about the symptoms of depression and anxiety. One important aspect of the initiative is to use some of the funds to evaluate the implementation of Zenétudes at participating CÉGEPs, specifically its impact on student mental health.

This is the second partnership between The Rossy Family Foundation and Bell Let’s Talk. The first partnership, announced in early 2018, is the ongoing development of a new national standard for post-secondary mental health.

The Rossy Family Foundation is a Montréal-based philanthropic foundation that funds initiatives in mental health, health care, education, the arts and Canadian civil society.