Bell receives Canada Award for Excellence for outstanding performance in Mental Health at Work

29 Oct 2013
Bell has been honoured by Excellence Canada with a Canada Award for Excellence in recognition of its workplace mental health program. The Silver Award for Mental Health at Work - the highest ever awarded by Excellence Canada - will be presented to Bell at Excellence Canada's awards ceremony in Toronto on October 30.

The Canada Awards for Excellence recognize outstanding achievement by organizations that implement programs in Excellence, Innovation & Wellness, Quality, Healthy Workplace, and Mental Health at Work. Bell is receiving this prestigious award following a rigorous evaluation process in recognition of our exemplary commitment to workplace mental health.

"Bell is honoured by this national recognition of our efforts to improve mental health at work," said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk. "The workplace plays an essential role in maintaining positive mental health. As part of our Bell Let's Talk commitment, Bell is partnering with corporate Canada to develop workplace mental health best practices and implementing them across our organization."

The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is based on four action pillars: anti-stigma, care and access, research and workplace mental health. Over the past 3 years, Bell has implemented programs to help foster a mentally healthy work environment, building awareness about the stigma of mental illness and equipping team leaders with the right tools and resources to support employees.

Excellence Canada's Silver Award for Mental Health at Work recognizes Bell best practices including, mental health training for all managers and improvements to the company's disability management and "return-to-work" programs. Bell also supported the development of the new national standard for mental health in the workplace, which is being integrated into its existing health and safety framework as a long term commitment for psychological health and safety in the workplace.