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Bell Let’s Talk supports mental health programs in Mauricie

Five local organizations receive grants from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund 

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, November 7, 2018 – The Bell Let’s Talk initiative is pleased to donate grants totalling $85,500 to 5 community organizations in the Mauricie region to help improve local access to mental health care.

“On behalf of all the organizations receiving grants, the Regroupement des organismes de base en santé mentale des régions de la Mauricie et du Centre du Québec, thanks Bell Let’s Talk for supporting mental health in Mauricie communities,” said Yves Blanchette, Executive Director of the ROBSM.

The 2018 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund recipients in the Mauricie region are:

  • Anna et la Mer, Trois-Rivières
  • Fondation de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Énergie, Shawinigan
  • Fondation régionale pour la santé de Trois-Rivières
  • LE TRàSH (Travail de rue à Shawinigan)
  • Point de Rue, Trois-Rivières

“Bell Let’s Talk is proud to support the important work of these organizations in improving the quality of life for people living with mental health issues and their families in Mauricie,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “With the expansion of the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to $2 million in annual funding, we are helping a total of 47 organizations across Québec this year improve access to services for people affected by mental illness.”

About Bell Let’s Talk
The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant Bell funding of community care, research and workplace leadership initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

The $2 million Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund supports community-based mental health initiatives that improve access to care throughout Canada. Each year, registered charities can apply for a grant of up to $25,000, and all submitted applications are reviewed by a committee of mental health experts from across the country. Applications for the 2019 fund will open in January.

About Bell
Founded in Montréal in 1880, Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing innovative broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services across the country. Bell Media is Canada’s premier content creation company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home and digital media. Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca.

Media inquiries:

Vanessa Damha
Bell
514-870-6663
vanessa.damha@bell.ca
@Bell_News
@Bell_Lets Talk

Yves Blanchette
Regroupement des organismes de base en santé mentale des régions de la Mauricie et du Centre du Québec (ROBSM)
819-386-2710
yblanchette@robsm.org

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund supports 5 Mauricie organizations in 2018

Anna et la Mer
Trois-Rivières
For the past 12 years, Anna et la Mer has been offering a variety of intervention programs to build resilience in youth 7 to 17 who have a parent or close relative suffering from a mental illness. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will help expand existing services and identify improvements to better respond to the needs of young people.

Fondation de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Énergie, Shawinigan
Shawinigan
Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the Fondation de la SSS de l'Énergie to roll out its “Pair proche aidant” (peer caregiver) project, giving families the tools they need as caregivers. A trained peer caregiver will support and guide families and help them look after their own mental health.

Fondation régionale pour la santé de Trois-Rivières
Trois-Rivières
The Fondation régionale pour la santé de Trois-Rivières will use its Bell Let’s Talk funding for its In Vivo workshops at the Centre Arc-en-Ciel. The workshops will help 50 young people ranging in age from 6 to 17 who are experiencing severe anxiety to conquer their fears, experience success and move toward a positive future.

LE TRàSH (Travail de rue à Shawinigan)
Shawinigan
Since 2016, LE TRàSH has offered a neutral, welcoming and meaningful place for marginalized individuals and those at risk of marginalization. Bell Let’s Talk’s support will help expand its programs, allowing even more of those in need to break out of their isolation and gain access to a variety of activities.

Point de Rue, Trois-Rivières
Trois-Rivières
Bell Let’s Talk support will enable the hiring of a street worker to help homeless people with serious, untreated and often undiagnosed mental health problems access care. The street worker will create a therapeutic environment and lead clients to emergency and stabilization care, while promoting social inclusion.


SOURCE Bell Canada

 

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