Major redevelopment of CAMH anchored by the Bell Gateway Building "front
Bell's $10 million donation capped CAMH Foundation's $108 million
Transforming Lives campaign
Bell Gateway Building believed to be first mental health facility to
carry the name of a major Canadian corporation
MONTREAL, June 21, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today applauded the official
opening of the new Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in
downtown Toronto, the culmination of the largest ever fundraising
campaign for a mental health hospital - capped off by a $10 million
donation in 2011 from the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative.
The major redevelopment includes the Bell Gateway Building, a central
hub on the Queen Street West campus that serves as the "front door" to
CAMH, bringing together a variety of treatment programs including
central clinical services, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a spiritual
care centre, a new physiotherapy clinic, and CAMH's client-run Out of
this World Café.
"We're very proud that the Bell Gateway to the new CAMH community so
prominently carries our company's name," said George Cope, President
and CEO of Bell and BCE. "This high-profile corporate naming of a major
mental health facility underlines how Bell Let's Talk is working to
promote Canadian mental health and make the stigma around mental
illness a thing of the past."
"The Bell Gateway Building is a visible symbol of how Bell's Let's Talk
initiative is helping to change perceptions surrounding mental illness
and addictions by leading a national conversation about discrimination
and stigma," said CAMH President and CEO, Dr. Catherine Zahn.
"Moreover, Bell's historic donation to CAMH is contributing to improved
access to care by providing knowledge and tools for primary care
specialists and other health professionals."
Bell's $10-million donation to CAMH is part of the $50-million Bell
Let's Talk mental health initiative, a national program to promote
Canadian mental health that is built around 4 action pillars:
Anti-stigma: raising awareness, enhancing understanding and reducing
stigma around mental illness
Care and access: support for a range of new community care and access
opportunities with major hospitals as well as local community
Research: funding for new research and treatment options
Workplace: developing mental health best practices alongside other
Bell is honoured to be recognized by the international Association of
Fundraising Professionals as the 2012 Freeman Philanthropic Services
Outstanding Corporation for the Bell Let's Talk mental health
initiative. To learn more about Bell Let's Talk, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
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