Bell Let’s Talk is a multi-year charitable program dedicated to mental health. Bell has committed over $79.9 million to support a wide range of mental health organizations, large and small, from coast to coast to coast.
One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.
The annual Bell Let’s Talk awareness campaign and Day opens the national conversation about mental illness to fight the stigma and the dramatic impact of mental health issues all across the country, and none other than Clara Hughes, six-time Olympic medalist, has stepped forward to lead this campaign. A community leader and philanthropist who knows and has inspired Canadians, Clara has experienced the impact of mental illness and understands how important it is to get people talking about it at home, at school, and around boardroom tables.
Bell supports a variety of organizations including grassroots agencies, local hospitals, and universities to help provide Canadians with support services when and where they need it. Bell is proud to support and partner with leading health care institutions across the country including:
- $1 million to the Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation to expand its Telepsychiatry Program benefiting rural, northern, and remote communities
- $1 million to La Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal to support innovative research and a new mental health biobank
- $10 million to CAMH Foundation (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) to take the world-leading institution past its landmark $100 million fundraising goal
- $300,000 to the Fondation Hôpital Charles-Lemoyne for its adolescent psychiatric unit
- $250,000 to the Streetohome Foundation to provide support to homeless or at-risk youth living with mental health issues and addictions in BC
Bell is also working with corporate Canada and the health care community to develop and adopt mental health best practices in the workplace. The first of its kind in the world, the standard offers guidance to Canadian businesses and other organizations in addressing mental health and mental illness in the workplace. With 500,000 Canadians missing work on any given week because of a mental illness, the impact in lost labour-market participation was an estimated $20.7 billion in 2012 alone.
Bell is supporting research into understanding and treatment with investments in best-in-class research programs at hospitals, universities, and other institutions across Canada. Bell is also supporting the best researchers with funding of new chairs, fellowships, and project grants.