$1 million gift establishes the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma
Bell Let's Talk Day on February 8 focused on ending the stigma around
KINGSTON, ON, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada and Queen's
University today announced a world-first with the establishment of a
new $1-million research initiative to help fight stigma associated with
The Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair will enable
Queen's Faculty of Health Sciences to advance its anti-stigma research,
scholarship and outreach programs.
"Bell's generous donation has allowed Queen's to appoint a leading
scholar to further this important field of study," says Dr. Daniel
Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University. "We welcome
this opportunity to work with the Bell Let's Talk mental health
initiative as we continue to reduce the stigma associated with mental
illness; Bell has helped today to improve the lives of hundreds of
thousands of Canadians now and in the future."
The first Chair holder is internationally-renowned Queen's professor of
Community Health & Epidemiology Heather Stuart. As chair, Dr. Stuart
will continue her multi-disciplinary work developing and disseminating
best practices in stigma reduction, expand her applied research
collaborations around the world and raise awareness about the
significance of mental health and mental health research.
"We are very proud to welcome Queen's University as our newest partner
in the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative," said Thomas O'Neill,
Chair of the Board, BCE. "The Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma
Research Chair aligns directly with our initiative's research and
anti-stigma pillars. We could not be more pleased that this unique
chair will be held by a researcher of Dr. Stuart's calibre at a
university so well regarded for its research leadership."
The gift is the latest announcement in Bell's $50 million commitment to
Canadian mental health. The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is
providing significant funding for leading mental health hospitals and
community organizations, driving new workplace initiatives across
corporate Canada, and supporting new research - including this
world-first research chair at Queen's.
"Stigma is the reason two-thirds of all those living with a mental
illness will not seek help," said Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Let's
Talk mental health initiative. "By enabling Queen's to expand its
anti-stigma research, we are building on the Bell Let's Talk commitment
to fight stigma, support research and improve mental health care in
communities across Canada."
On Bell Let's Talk Day, February 8, for every text message sent and
every long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers, Bell
will donate 5 cents to programs dedicated to mental health (regular
long distance and text charges apply). Bell is also encouraging
Canadians to follow the campaign on Twitter @Bell_LetsTalk and share a smile with a friend in support of mental health on Facebook
at facebook.com/BellCanada. On February 8, Canadians will also be invited to retweet the Bell
Let's Talk Day message. For each retweet, Bell will donate an
additional 5 cents.
Bell Let's Talk is a five-year, $50-million charitable program based on
four action pillars: Anti-stigma, care and access, research, and
workplace best practices.To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
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(ICT) services. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with
leading assets in television, radio and digital media, including CTV,
Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched
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Queen's is one of Canada's leading universities, with an international
reputation for scholarship, research, social purpose, and spirit.
Consistently highly-ranked, Queen's is known for its incomparable
24-hour learning environment. Great teaching, great students, community
and tradition - these are the hallmarks of the Queen's experience.
To speak to Dr. Stuart, please contact Michael Onesi, Queen's News and
Media Services, 613-533-6000 x 77513 or email@example.com
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