Bell and Bell Aliant fund mental health first aid training at College of the
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.ca/LetsTalk.
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
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