"All of us at Bell Aliant are extremely proud to support the grassroots efforts of these inspiring organizations with grants from the annual Bell Let's Talk Community Fund," said Dan McKeen, who is Bell’s senior vice president and vice chair, Atlantic. "These nine groups are true mental health change agents, providing localized services that directly address the needs of people in our communities who are affected by mental illness."
Bell Let’s Talk was launched in 2010 as a five-year program with a $50 million donation from Bell and a commitment to grow funding based on the engagement of Canadians in the cause on Bell Let’s Talk Day each year. The initiative was extended in September 2015 for another five years with a commitment of at least $100 million in total funding for Canadian mental health.
Since 2011, the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund has supported almost 350 community groups in every region of Canada, including the 72 organizations receiving grants this year.
The organizations in Atlantic Canada receiving grants this year are Eating Disorders Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services, Partners for Care, Partners for Youth, PEI Family Violence Prevention Services, Seniors Resource Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador, Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative, The Pottle Centre and Village des Sources l'Étoile Filante.
These groups will focus on things like providing first responders with Critical Incident Stress Management training, building awareness of youth mental health, providing training to coaches and athletes in universities across Atlantic Canada in a variety of suicide prevention therapies, and an intensive mental health first aid course for adult youth workers and teachers, to name a few examples.
"On behalf of all of this year's Atlantic Canada community fund recipients, Partners for Youth thanks Bell Let's Talk for supporting the mental health programs we offer in our respective communities," said John Sharpe, CEO of Partners for Youth Inc. "These grants will help to extend our programming and increase access to care for many Atlantic Canadians across all 4 provinces."
To learn more about the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund, visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
To learn more about Mental Illness Awareness Week, visit http://www.camimh.ca/mental-illness-awareness-week.