Bells ring out across New Brunswick in support of kids' mental health on Dots for Kids Day

Bells ring out across New Brunswick in support of kids' mental health on Dots 
for Kids Day 
What started as one family's journey has turned into a movement engaging 
23,000 students 
FREDERICTON, Dec. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Today Dots NB, a non-profit organization 
focused on kids' mental health in New Brunswick, is bringing together 23,000 
students in grades 6, 7, and 8 in Anglophone and Francophone districts to ring 
bells at noon for one minute to raise awareness of kids' mental health. An 
event at George Street Middle School in Fredericton will take place at 11:30 
a.m., where students, Bell Aliant and the Department of Education and Early 
Childhood Development will ring bells to show their support. Church bells 
across the province will also ring out at noon. 
What started out as one family's personal story to find help for their 
daughter's mental health challenges has turned into a provincial movement for 
change. Maureen Bilerman co-founded Dots NB two years ago, having experienced 
firsthand the need for improved treatment and services when her teenage 
daughter Sarah developed a serious mental illness. 
Working with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Dots 
NB helped implement a mental health component into the curriculum that was 
taught in all schools leading up to this event. The curriculum focused on 
topics such as stigma, disorders, symptoms and accessing help. The general 
public can access the online resource provided to students and show their 
support by ringing a virtual bell at 
"Promoting positive mental health for our children is a priority for our 
government," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody 
Carr. "We are proud to be a partner in presenting this campaign and we look 
forward to continuing to work with all our stakeholders in New Brunswick to 
ensure every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential." 
"By putting a spotlight on kids' mental health and by engaging the Department 
of Education and Early Childhood Development and community partners such as 
Bell Aliant we are helping kids and parents understand this issue and 
empowering them to be part of the movement toward better treatments and 
services in New Brunswick," said Bilerman. 
Mental health is a focus of Bell Aliant's community program. Since 2011, Bell 
Aliant has given more than $1 million to support local programs that reduce 
stigma and increase access to care, including a $10,000 contribution to Dots 
"Bell Aliant is proud to support a cause that affects one in five Canadians," 
said Lisa Merrithew, Bell Aliant's Vice President, Corporate Affairs. "We are 
pleased to partner with Dots NB to fuel this unique youth-led movement and 
raise awareness of kids' mental health issues with students, parents and 
Staff and students at George Street Middle School have taken a leadership role 
and formed a Dot Squad, committed to creating and supporting opportunities for 
mental health awareness at their school while encouraging other schools to do 
the same. Click here to view the classroom video. 
About Dots NB
Dots NB is a New Brunswick not-for-profit organization committed to excellence 
in kids' mental health through youth, family and community empowerment. 
About Bell Aliant
Bell Aliant (TSX: BA) is one of North America's largest regional 
communications providers and the first company in Canada to cover an entire 
city with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology with its FibreOP™ services. 
Through its operating entities, it serves customers in six Canadian provinces 
with innovative information, communication and technology services including 
voice, data, Internet, video and value-added business solutions. Bell Aliant's 
employees deliver the highest quality customer service, choice and 
For more information, please contact: 
Maureen Bilerman Executive Director, Dots NB (506) 206-1660 
Meg Cumby Communications, Department of Education and Early Childhood 
Development (506) 444-2455 
Isabelle Robinson Bell Aliant Corporate Affairs (506) 457-5554 
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