Embrace Life Council
Bell Let’s Talk and Northwestel donate $250,000 for a new mental health program to be delivered by Nunavut’s Embrace Life Council, a non-profit suicide prevention organization based in Iqaluit. The safeTALK program will provide a half-day of training to Nunavummiut over the age of 15 to become suicide-alert peer helpers and connect those in their community who need support with life-saving intervention resources.
Major gifts Territories 2017
Northern Youth Leadership – Yellowknife, NT
This organization runs camps that bring together youth from across Northern Canada to develop the inner and outer resources needed to overcome challenges, realize their full potential and live healthy lives. By intervening at a young age, NYL programming builds resilience and confidence, and develops protective factors for mental wellness. Bell funding will enable NYL to run a camp specifically for female survivors of family and gender-based violence.
Community fund Territories 2017
Arviat – Hamlet of Arviat, NU
Bell Let's Talk Community funding will support mental health first aid training for staff and volunteers, and the subsequent development of a peer support program (including materials, youth committee honoraria, meeting support, etc.) in connection with the community’s Youth Drop-In Centre for Inuit which opened last year in a newly-renovated, fully staffed building.
Community fund Territories 2017
Yukon Health and Social Services
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.
Major gifts Territories 2016
Northern Integrated Cultures with the Environment, Northwest Territories
A culturally relevant program of Northern Integrated Cultures with the Environment (Northern ICE), this Bell-supported initiative provides mental health intervention for at-risk indigenous youth, members of the Tulita Dene band, to prevent violence, suicide and addictions. It is an intensive month-long program that helps youth explore their own strengths and connect more positively to the land and the traditional Dene way of life.
Community fund Territories 2016
Mental Health Association of Yukon - Whitehorse, YU
Bell’s grant will enable the Association to augment a cognitive behavioural therapy-based program for people struggling with low mood, anxiety and depression issues, both in person and via video-conferencing, a first and much needed approach for delivering support to more remote areas. Over 8 sessions, a facilitator will provide participants with strategies to maximize their ability to deal with life's challenges, including material that is specifically tailored for teenagers and First Nations communities.
Community fund Territories 2015
Bell Let’s Talk funding to support Canada’s territories
Bell Let’s Talk announced $1 million in funding for community mental health resources in Canada’s northern territories of Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon.
Major gifts Territories 2014
Second Opinion Society - Whitehorse, YT
The Society is creating a distress phone line to provide crisis support and referral assistance. This line will be available through a toll-free number sponsored by Northwestel, making it accessible throughout the territory and open for calls nightly from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support screening and training of phone line volunteers, including the development of culturally sensitive training materials focused on the demographics of the territory in addition to Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).
Community fund Territories 2014