Bell's $500,000 donation improves access to mental health therapy

Bell's $500,000 donation improves access to mental health therapy 
Concordia's Applied Psychology Centre and Centre for Clinical Research in 
Health receive major gift from Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative to 
enhance treatment services 
MONTREAL, Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Treatment for anxiety, depression and 
mood disorders — mental health problems that affect one in five Canadians 
— is now more accessible to Montreal-area residents, thanks to the Bell 
Let's Talk mental health initiative. As part of this multi-year charitable 
program, Bell has generously given $500,000 to Concordia University's 
Department of Psychology to subsidize therapy and assessment at the 
university's Applied Psychology Centre and Centre for Clinical Research in 
"Bell's gift will have an immediate beneficial impact on Concordia's 
psychology program and its capacity to serve our community," says Concordia 
President Alan Shepard. "With Bell's support, our researchers can progress 
further in the study and treatment of mental health problems, and this 
reinforces our everyday connection to the local community." 
Bell's donation will subsidize therapeutic services for those individuals who 
need help to pay for treatment. Clients can either be referred by doctors and 
clinics throughout the Montreal area or refer themselves. The psychological 
services they receive at the Applied Psychology Centre benefit from advances 
in Concordia-based clinical and health research. 
Martine Turcotte, Bell's Vice Chair of Québec, says the Bell Let's Talk 
mental health initiative — anchored by Bell Let's Talk Day on February 12 
— is helping make a real difference in people's lives. "With the $50-million 
Bell Let's Talk initiative, Bell and its 17,000 Québec employees are firmly 
engaged in our commitment to de-stigmatize mental illness and improve access 
to mental health care," she says. "Supporting Concordia's Applied Psychology 
Centre and Centre for Clinical Research in Health is a concrete action the 
Bell team has taken to help people recover from mental illness, while at the 
same time contributing to research and education that advances treatment." 
"This donation from Bell helps people in the community through work conducted 
at Concordia," says Adam Radomsky, director of the Centre for Clinical 
Research in Health and a professor in Concordia's Department of Psychology. 
"Support from Bell allows our PhD students to gain clinical experience and 
enhances our ability to provide much needed evidence-based psychological 
services that improve people's mental health." 
Bell Let's Talk Day is February 12:
For every text message sent and every long distance call made by Bell and Bell 
Aliant customers on February 12, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every 
Facebook share of our Bell Let's Talk message, Bell will donate 5 cents more 
to programs dedicated to mental health (regular long distance and text charges 
apply). Last year's Bell Let's Talk Day raised $3,926,014.20 in additional 
funding for mental health initiatives across the country. 
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. Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For Bell 
products and services, please visit For BCE corporate information, 
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    --  On April 18, John Molson School of Business Dean Steve Harvey
        tackles the subject of mental health and the workplace with
        Mary Deacon, chair of the Bell Let's Talk mental health
        initiative. Read more at 
Related links: 

    --  Bell Let's Talk mental health Initiative:
    --  Concordia Applied Psychology Centre:
    --  Concordia Centre for Clinical Research in Health:

Scott McCulloch Senior Advisor, Communications, Advancement and Alumni 
Relations Concordia University Tel: 514-848-2424, ext. 3825 Mobile: 
Véronique Arsenault Bell Media Relations Tel.: 1-855-391-5263 Twitter: @Bell_News

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