Four major gifts announced by Bell Let’s Talk

Winnipeg, Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Over the past month, Bell Let’s Talk announced almost $1.5 million in funding to these 4 organizations that will enable them to provide support and resources for even more people impacted by mental illness for years to come.

January 15 - Strongest Families Institute, an internationally recognized program for children and families dealing with mild to moderate mental health issues, will provide services to families in Manitoba for 5 years using a Bell Let’s Talk gift of $500,000, matched by the Government of Manitoba.

January 16 - A donation of $150,000 will assist Bear Clan Patrol volunteers and staff to engage with 1,450 people per week, up from 450 people per week; grow the food distribution program from 250 people per week to 750 per week, and create a new resource/counselling program.

January 17 - Bell Let’s Talk donated $500,000 to the Foundation of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) for the Centre de Recherche et d’Intervention sur le Suicide, Enjeux Éthiques et pratiques de fin de vie (CRISE) to support a 5-year research project on the most effective chat and text interventions and protocols for decreasing suicide risk. CRISE is a recognized research leader in advancing knowledge on suicide and end-of-life practices. The result will be the world’s first scientifically validated best practices guidelines for text and chat.

January 18 - Mental Health Outpatient Services at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) have adopted an innovative model to deliver better care called Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA). The $300,000 Bell Let’s Talk donation will support CAPA with the goal of reducing wait times.

Caption: From left to right: Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk, James Favel, Executive Director of Bear Clan Patrol and City of Winnipeg Mayor, His Worship, Brian Bowman.