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Bell Let's Talk Diversity Fund announces new mental health funding

MONTRÉAL, May 6, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Let's Talk today announced $750,000 in new grants from the Bell Let's Talk Diversity Fund to 6 more organizations working to improve access to mental health care for members of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities in Canada.

"Since we launched the Bell Let's Talk Diversity Fund, we have been impressed by the work being done by organizations across the country to bring culturally informed mental health supports to Canada's diverse communities," said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk. "We're pleased to expand our support with grants to these outstanding organizations as they work to improve access to mental health care in the face of growing demand due to the combined impacts of racial injustice and COVID-19."

The Bell Let's Talk Diversity Fund provides grants for organizations working to address the impact of systemic racism on the mental health of BIPOC communities. The fund launched in 2020 with inaugural donations to Black Youth Helpline and the National Association of Friendship Centres. Groups across the country were then invited to submit expressions of interest as part of the first cycle to receive funding, and 8 recipients were announced earlier this year.

Bell Let's Talk worked with mental health experts, persons with lived experience and community leaders from BIPOC communities to select a further 6 organizations to receive grants from the first cycle:

Diversity Fund grants in the first cycle now amount to a total of $2,250,000.

As part of Bell's commitment to take meaningful action to address the impacts of systemic racism across Canada's ethno-cultural communities, Bell Let's Talk partnered with Queen's University, McGill University and Montréal's Jewish General Hospital in January to host webinars on mental health in diverse communities and engage in discussion about resiliency and mental well-being.

The webinars, Mental health in diverse communities. A discussion about resiliency and mental well-being and La santé mentale dans les communautés de la diversité. Une discussion sur la résilience et le bien-être psychologique highlighted conversations between community leaders, people with lived experience, and experts in the field of mental health in BIPOC communities about the current state of mental health in Black, Indigenous and People of Colour populations.

About Bell Let's Talk
The largest-ever corporate commitment to mental health in Canada, Bell Let's Talk is focused on 4 key action pillars: Anti-stigma, Care and Access, Research and Workplace Leadership. Since its launch in September 2010, Bell Let's Talk has partnered with more than 1,100 organizations providing mental health supports and services throughout Canada, including hospitals, universities, local community service providers and other care and research organizations. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

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SOURCE Bell Canada

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