Introducing the 2013 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund


    --  $1 million annual fund supports community-based mental health
        organizations
    --  Online applications now being accepted at
        Bell.ca/LetsTalk

MONTREAL, Jan. 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced that its annual $1 
million Bell Let's Talk Community Fund will again distribute grants of up to 
$50,000 for community-based mental health initiatives across the country this 
year. Organizations including registered not-for-profits, charities, local 
hospitals and social services agencies can apply for funding. The 2013 
application period is open until March 31 and grants will be disbursed before 
December 31, 2013.

"In 2012 the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund invested in 60 local mental health 
organizations across Canada," said Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Let's Talk 
mental health initiative. "These organizations are making such a positive 
impact in the lives of people with mental health issues in our communities. 
Now in its third year, we look forward to growing the Bell Let's Talk 
Community Fund and working with more partners in 2013."

Announced alongside this year's Bell Let's Talk Day set for February 12, the 
Bell Let's Talk Community Fund is part of Bell's 5-year, $50 million mental 
health initiative. Bell will provide grants of $5,000 to $50,000 through the 
fund to organizations, hospitals and agencies focused on improving access to 
mental health care in their communities from coast to coast to coast. Grants 
are given to capacity-building projects aimed at creating or expanding 
programs that provide front-line support and/or reduce the stigma for those 
impacted by mental health issues.

The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is built around 4 action pillars: 
anti-stigma, care and access, research, and workplace best practices. This 
invisible illness affects 1 in 5 Canadians and costs the Canadian economy $51 
billion each year. In 2012, mental illness was the cause of an estimated $20.7 
billion in lost labour participation, and every day 500,000 Canadians are 
absent from work due to a form of mental illness. Mental health funding is 
modest relative to other health care issues representing 15% of Canada's 
health care burden, but receiving only 5% of health care funding.

To apply online for 2013 funding, or to learn more about Bell Let's Talk Day 
on February 12, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

Bell was honoured to be named the recipient of the 2012 Freeman Philanthropic 
Services Award for Outstanding Corporation for the Bell Let's Talk mental 
health initiative.

About Bell
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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 products and services, please visit Bell.ca. For 
BCE corporate information, please visit BCE.ca.

Jacqueline Michelis Bell Media Relations 1 855 785-1427 
jacqueline.michelis@bell.ca @Bell_News

Image with caption: "2012 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund presentation to The 
Ottawa Hospital. (CNW Group/Bell Canada)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130114_C5566_PHOTO_EN_22486.jpg

Image with caption: "2012 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund presentation to 
L'Équipe Équilibre. (CNW Group/Bell Canada)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130114_C5566_PHOTO_EN_22494.jpg

Image with caption: "2012 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund presentation to The 
Canadian Mental Health Association Peterborough. (CNW Group/Bell Canada)". 
Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130114_C5566_PHOTO_EN_22482.jpg

Image with caption: "2012 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund presentation to The 
Pacific Post Partum Support Society. (CNW Group/Bell Canada)". Image available 
at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130114_C5566_PHOTO_EN_22488.jpg

Image with caption: "2012 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund presentation to The 
Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong Training and Employment Centre. (CNW Group/Bell Canada)". 
Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130114_C5566_PHOTO_EN_22490.jpg

SOURCE: Bell Canada

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