Bell Let’s Talk Funds Five New Mental Health Projects

Montreal , Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Throughout the month we announced funding to mental health in the amount of $4,650,000 to organizations from across Canada and look forward to collaborating with these partners over the next several years as they work to provide services and resources for people living with mental illness and the individuals who support them.

January 12 – Bell's funding of $500,000 will be used towards expanding the Rise Asset Development Loan Fund across communities in Ontario and building a strategic plan to extend the program nationally across Canada.

January 14 – A joint $500,000 project was announced with Bell Let’s Talk, Northwestel and Yukon Health and Social Services to support the launch of the FRIENDS cognitive behaviour group-based intervention program throughout the territory. The project will provide mental health prevention and treatment services through trained facilitators in rural Yukon and Whitehorse with a specific focus for First Nation adolescents and girls at social-emotional risk.

January 21 – Our announcement celebrated the launch of Portico, a knowledge exchange portal for mental illness for physicians and allied professionals as well as clients and families – the ‘go to’ source for mental health information, and a new Psychiatry and Primary Care app to provide primary care professionals with up to date, reliable advice to help them support Canadians with mental health illnesses.

January 25 – A $1 million donation to the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec in support of ground-breaking research to detect early signs of mental illness in youth from families with a history of mental illness. In addition, the deployment of the HoPE project (Horizon Parent-Enfant) a clinic which will improve screening, accessibility and continuity of services for children and adolescents with a parent suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or recurrent major depression.

January 26 – A world-first in first aid training, funding to the Canadian Red Cross in the amount of $150,000 will be used to develop new First Aid programs which will help both first responders and the general public provide mental health support in emergency situations.