Bell and Bell Aliant fund mental health first aid training at College of the North Atlantic

Bell and Bell Aliant fund mental health first aid training at College of the 
North Atlantic 
ST. JOHN'S, NL, Jan. 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Bell and Bell Aliant 
announced $15,000 in funding for the implementation of an innovative mental 
health initiative with College of the North Atlantic (CNA). 
Funded through the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund, the gift will enable the 
college to certify several staff members as instructors for Mental Health 
First Aid (MHFA) training, a program under the Mental Health Commission of 
Canada. Each of the certified instructors will then deliver the MHFA training 
three times over the next year, with the potential to reach approximately 200 
colleagues, students and community groups from across the province. 
Mental Health First Aid provides help to a person developing a mental health 
problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is 
administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, 
MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is 
"As a college we want to ensure the best learning and working environment for 
our students and staff. Providing a mental health support network is a key 
component to creating that environment," said Ann Marie Vaughan, CNA's 
President and CEO. "The training provided by funding from the Bell Let's Talk 
Community Fund helps us to be proactive in identifying the internal and 
external services and resources that can assist all members of our college 
The Bell Let's Talk Community Fund is part of the Bell Let's Talk mental 
health initiative which provides grants to organizations, hospitals and 
agencies focused on improving access to mental health care in their 
"This partnership with the college demonstrates our commitment to support 
mental health initiatives that will have a meaningful impact in communities 
throughout Newfoundland and Labrador," said Geoff Davis, Regional 
Vice-President of sales in Newfoundland and Labrador, Bell Aliant. "Mental 
health first aid training will help their staff recognize and react to the 
signs of distress, anxiety, depression and other related issues so students 
can receive early access to care and services." 
"Bell is extremely pleased to lend our support to College of the North 
Atlantic and the 60 other community organizations across the country that were 
part of the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund in 2012," said Mary Deacon, Chair 
of the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative. "These groups are truly 
making a difference at the grassroots level. We're very proud to be helping 
them provide much needed resources to enhance mental health services and 
programs for those affected by mental illness." 
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a five-year charitable program 
that promotes mental health across Canada through the Bell Let's Talk 
anti-stigma campaign and support for community care, research and workplace 
best practices. To learn more, please visit 
Bell Let's Talk Community Fund 2013 
The third annual Bell Let's Talk Community Fund launched on January 14. The 
Community Fund will distribute $1 million in 2013 to local organizations 
across Canada that are working to end stigma and increasing access to mental 
health care. The application period is open until March 31.
During the past two years, the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund has provided 
more than $2 million to 109 organizations across the country through grants 
ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. 
About Bell Aliant
Bell Aliant 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 convenience. 
About College of the North Atlantic
College of the North Atlantic is Newfoundland and Labrador's public college. 
It is one of the largest post-secondary educational and skills training 
centres in Atlantic Canada, with a history dating back nearly 50 years. Today 
it has 17 campus locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and one in the 
Middle East State of Qatar. It offers nearly 100 full-time program offerings 
and more than 300 part-time courses to some 20,000 students each year in: 
Academics, Applied Arts, Business Studies, Engineering Technology, Health 
Sciences, Industrial Trades, Information Technology, Natural Resources and 
Media contacts: 
Roger Hulan Communications Specialist College of the North Atlantic 709 
Rebecca Bell Community Relations Manager Bell Aliant 1-888-377-8222 
SOURCE: Bell Canada 
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