Bell Let’s Talk announces 4 major gifts

Peguis First Nation, Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Throughout January, Bell Let’s Talk announced almost $1 million in funding to 4 organizations who are taking action to provide mental health care and support to people impacted by mental illness.

January 15 – Strongest Families Institute, one of the 8 featured organizations in the Bell Let’s Talk Day 2020 campaign, delivers services to children, youth, adults and families living with mild to moderate mental health issues. A Bell Let’s Talk donation of $150,000, along with $100,000 from Northwestel and a matching donation from the Government of Northwest Territories over five years will support the launch of Strongest Families Institute’s services throughout the territory.

January 21 – A donation of $110,000 to the Peguis Foundation Inc. and SunLodge Village will support the Bell Spirit and the Land Excursion Camp, a four-season land-based traditional wellness program for at-risk youth in Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. The traditional camps will engage a total of 64 youth participants annually over four years, providing an integrated experience for healing and mental health.

January 27 – A donation of $420,000 will support the creation of a new, repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) Clinic at William Osler Health System. This clinic is part of Osler’s innovative Stepped Care Program that provides leading-edge, high-intensity treatment for patients for whom medication may not be effective or an option.

January 28 – Today, Bell Let’s Talk announced a $225,000 donation to Fondation de ma vie to support CIUSSS du Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean to renovate 5 psychiatry units to improve quality of care. Fondation de ma vie is also investing $75,000 in delivering mental health care and support to adults and young people in the region.

To read more about how these organizations are creating positive change, visit our news page.

Pictured above: Chair of Bell Let’s Talk Mary Deacon with Chief Glenn Hudson, Peguis First Nation, Rick McCorrister, Director, Peguis Foundation and SunLodge Elders