$1 million annual fund supports community-based mental health
Online applications now being accepted at Bell.ca/LetsTalk
MONTREAL, Jan. 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced that its
annual $1 million Bell Let's Talk Community Fund will again distribute
grants of up to $50,000 for community-based mental health initiatives
across the country this year. Organizations including registered
not-for-profits, charities, local hospitals and social services
agencies can apply for funding. The 2013 application period is open
until March 31 and grants will be disbursed before December 31, 2013.
"In 2012 the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund invested in 60 local mental
health organizations across Canada," said Mary Deacon, Chair of the
Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative. "These organizations are
making such a positive impact in the lives of people with mental health
issues in our communities. Now in its third year, we look forward to
growing the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund and working with more
partners in 2013."
Announced alongside this year's Bell Let's Talk Day set for February 12,
the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund is part of Bell's 5-year, $50
million mental health initiative. Bell will provide grants of $5,000 to
$50,000 through the fund to organizations, hospitals and agencies
focused on improving access to mental health care in their communities
from coast to coast to coast. Grants are given to capacity-building
projects aimed at creating or expanding programs that provide
front-line support and/or reduce the stigma for those impacted by
mental health issues.
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is built around 4 action
pillars: anti-stigma, care and access, research, and workplace best
practices. This invisible illness affects 1 in 5 Canadians and costs
the Canadian economy $51 billion each year. In 2012, mental illness was
the cause of an estimated $20.7 billion in lost labour participation,
and every day 500,000 Canadians are absent from work due to a form of
mental illness. Mental health funding is modest relative to other
health care issues representing 15% of Canada's health care burden, but
receiving only 5% of health care funding.
To apply online for 2013 funding, or to learn more about Bell Let's Talk
Day on February 12, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
Bell was honoured to be named the recipient of the 2012 Freeman
Philanthropic Services Award for Outstanding Corporation for the Bell
Let's Talk mental health initiative.
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Image with caption: "2012 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund presentation to The Ottawa Hospital. (CNW Group/Bell Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130114_C5566_PHOTO_EN_22486.jpg
Image with caption: "2012 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund presentation to L'Équipe Équilibre. (CNW Group/Bell Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130114_C5566_PHOTO_EN_22494.jpg
Image with caption: "2012 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund presentation to The Canadian Mental Health Association Peterborough. (CNW Group/Bell Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130114_C5566_PHOTO_EN_22482.jpg
Image with caption: "2012 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund presentation to The Pacific Post Partum Support Society. (CNW Group/Bell Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130114_C5566_PHOTO_EN_22488.jpg
Image with caption: "2012 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund presentation to The Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong Training and Employment Centre. (CNW Group/Bell Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130114_C5566_PHOTO_EN_22490.jpg
SOURCE: Bell Canada
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