Gift from Bell Supports New Youth Outreach Program at Ontario Shores
WHITBY, ON, Oct. 3, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental
Health (Ontario Shores Foundation) is pleased to announce a generous donation
of $150,000 from the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative to support the
expansion of youth and adolescent care. The Bell Canada Youth Mental Health
Clinic at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores)
will open this winter and provide outreach services to adolescents in need of
"Ontario Shores Foundation is honoured to receive such a wonderful donation
from Bell," says Neil Hannam, Executive Director, Ontario Shores Foundation.
"Bell shares our commitment to expand treatment and improve the mental health
and well-being of our youth."
As part of Bell Let's Talk, Bell will donate $150,000 over two years, enabling
the clinic to provide specialized treatment and intensive outreach for youth
with complex mental health issues who may be reluctant to access services or
require significant support for reintegration. In addition, it will provide
intensive clinical support to patients in their natural setting and may
include such interventions as outreach, psycho-education, medication
monitoring, social skills training and establishing linkages to longer term
supports. The clinic team will also provide intensive support for inpatient
care such as medication monitoring, support for reintegration to their school
community or alternative programming.
"Bell is very pleased to offer our support for a program that will make such a
difference for young people coping with mental illness in the region," said
Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk. "Taking care into the community is
crucial not only in improving access but also in fighting the stigma that
keeps so many people from getting the treatment they need."
As part of Ontario Shores' approach to outreach, an inter-professional team
consisting of a nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, psychologist, occupational
therapist, and child & youth and social workers work together to provide
enhanced care for youth. Staff incorporate Ontario Shores' recovery model of
care in all programs and services, develop individualized care plans and
promote collaboration with staff, patients and families.
"With only one in five youth with mental health issues receiving care, this
new outreach program will help increase access to specialized care so more
youth receive the treatment they need," says Glenna Raymond, President and
CEO, Ontario Shores "It is through collaboration and support from partners and
leading organizations like Bell Canada that we will be able to provide
enhanced treatment and care to youth and their families."
A key role for Ontario Shores is to provide assistance, teaching and support
for community treatment teams who provide mental health care for youth and
their families. Ontario Shores will provide consultation to community
support teams, assist with the development of individual care plans and
provide ongoing mental health teaching.
For more information about the Clinic or to make a referral, please contact
the Centralized Intake Department at 877.767.9642.
About Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health:
Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health (Ontario Shores Foundation) was
created in 2009 to raise funds to support Ontario Shores Centre for Mental
Health Sciences and its care, services, programs and support for patients and
Ontario Shores Foundation's fundraising is driven by the belief that Ontario
Shores' mental health care, treatment, programs and services fill a key need
in today's society. Community support is crucial to funding Ontario Shores'
ongoing innovation, research and teaching, mental illness awareness and stigma
reduction programs and mental health promotion as well as the renovation and
building of recovery-focused spaces. Our donors are helping address mental
health issues on local, provincial and national levels.
About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences:
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader
in mental health care, providing a spectrum of specialized assessments and
treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients
benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, built on compassion,
inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and
advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.
About the Bell Let's Talk Initiative
The Bell Mental Health Initiative is a multi-year charitable program that
promotes mental health across Canada via the Bell Let's Talk anti-stigma
campaign and support for community care, research and workplace best
practices. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and
business with solutions to all their communications needs: Bell Mobility
wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell Satellite TV and Bell Fibe TV, Bell
Home Phone local and long distance, and Bell Business Markets IP-broadband and
information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell Media is
Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio
and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the
country's most-watched specialty channels.
Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For Bell product and
service information, please visit Bell.ca. For Bell Media, please visit
BellMedia.ca. For BCE corporate information, please visit BCE.ca.
Andrea Marshall Manager, Communications and Public Affairs Ontario Shores
Centre for Mental Health Sciences 905-430-4055 ext. 6581 Cell: 905-439-0224
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