Bell applauds release of national standard for mental health in the workplace

Bell applauds release of national standard for mental health in the workplace 

    --  Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace supports
        mental health best practices at Canadian corporations and other
    --  New standard developed with the support of health care leaders,
        government, labour and corporations, including a $250,000
        contribution from the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative

MONTREAL, Jan. 16, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced its support of the 
new national Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace standard, 
developed by CSA Group and Bureau de normalisation du Québec in collaboration 
with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Development of the voluntary 
standard was supported by funding from Bell, the Government of Canada, and the 
Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace.

The first of its kind in the world, the standard offers guidance to Canadian 
businesses and other organizations in addressing mental health and mental 
illness in the workplace. With 500,000 Canadians missing work each day because 
of a mental illness, the impact in lost labour-market participation was an 
estimated $20.7 billion in 2012 alone.

"A cooperative effort between health care experts, government, labour and 
corporations, this unique new standard will support and promote mental health 
in the workplace and the broader community," said George Cope, President and 
CEO of Bell Canada and BCE. "As part of the Bell Let's Talk mental health 
initiative, we are dedicated to implementing programs and practices that 
support the mental health of all Bell team members, and to working with other 
Canadian organizations in the development of their own mental health programs."

Bell has undertaken a number of initiatives to foster a psychologically 
healthy and safe work environment, including mental health training for all 
Bell managers and an innovative return-to-work program for team members 
affected by mental illness.

"Bell looks forward to integrating the national standard for psychological 
health and safety into our extensive workplace mental health approach," said 
Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative. "Workplace 
support is essential to good mental health, and we encourage all Canadian 
corporations to embrace this voluntary standard as part of their own mental 
health initiatives."

Bell Let's Talk is a 5-year, $50-million program to promote Canadian mental 
health based on 4 action pillars: anti-stigma, care and access, research, and 
workplace best practices. With Bell Let's Talk Day as its anti-stigma 
centrepiece, Bell's initiative is providing significant funding for leading 
mental health hospitals and grassroots organizations, driving new workplace 
initiatives across corporate Canada, and supporting new research.

Bell Let's Talk Day is February 12
For every text message or long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant 
customers and every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and every Facebook share of our 
Bell Let's Talk message on February 12, Bell will donate 5 cents more to 
mental health programs (regular long distance and text charges apply). In 
2012, 78 million text messages, long distance calls and retweets by 8 million 
Canadians on Bell Let's Talk Day resulted in $3,926,014.20 in additional 
funding for mental health.

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

Jacqueline Michelis Bell Media Relations 1 855 785-1427 @Bell_News

Image with caption: "From right to left: George Cope, President and CEO, BCE 
and Bell Canada, Dr. David Goldbloom, Chair of the Mental Health Commission of 
Canada and Senior Medical Advisor, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 
Louise Bradley, President & CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada, the 
Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, Kenneth Georgetti, President, 
Canadian Labour Congress and Michael Nixon, Senior Vice President, Corporate 
Relations, Chamber of Commerce at the launch of the new national Psychological 
Health and Safety in the Workplace standard in Toronto on January 16, 2013 
(CNW Group/Bell Canada)". Image available at:

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