Bell applauds Ontario funding for Ontario Shores mental health program

19 Mar 2014
  • Government to fund new treatment facility to help youth with severe eating disorders
  • Ontario Shores and Bell Let's Talk team up in support of community care and outreach in conjunction with Clara's Big Ride
  • Join Clara Hughes for a special community skate event March 21 in Oshawa

MONTRÉAL, March 19, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today applauded the Government of Ontario for helping to improve the mental health of the province's children and adolescents by funding a new Eating Disorders Unit at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, a hospital proudly supported by the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative.

"Bell Let's Talk supports community-based mental health programs across Canada and we've seen first-hand how Ontario Shores helps children and young people get well," said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk. "By providing Ontario Shores with funds to establish the new residential treatment facility, the Ontario government is making mental health treatment more available for youth and families from across the province. We applaud Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Deb Matthews for helping to address this need."

Bell Let's Talk support for Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health began with a $150,000 donation in 2012 to establish the Bell Canada Youth Mental Health Clinic at Ontario Shores. The clinic provides specialized treatment and intensive outreach for youth with complex mental health issues who may be reluctant to access services or require significant support for reintegration.

The relationship between Bell Let's Talk and Ontario Shores is also helping break down the stigma that prevents many who suffer with mental illness from getting the treatment they need.

Skate with Clara Hughes at the Legends Centre in Oshawa
In conjunction with Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and Ontario Shores Foundation welcome Clara Hughes and the community to a Skate with Clara event at the Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Road North) in Oshawa on Friday, March 21. The event runs from 7 pm to 9 pm and will feature a free community skate, mental health information, free face-painting and hot chocolate and visits from celebrity guests.

About Clara's Big Ride
Canada's six-time cycling and speed-skating Olympic medallist Clara Hughes will complete a 110-day bicycle journey around Canada supporting local mental health initiatives by community groups and schools while working to achieve a stigma-free Canada. Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk will cover 12,000 kilometres and visit 95 communities in every province and territory. For more information, please visit

About Bell Let's Talk
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a national charitable program that promotes Canadian mental health across Canada with the Bell Let's Talk Day anti-stigma campaign and significant funding for community care, research and workplace best practices. To learn more, please visit

About Bell
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business customers with wireless, TV, Internet, home phone and business communications services. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital media. Bell is wholly owned by Montréal's BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For more information, please visit

SOURCE Bell Canada

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