Waypoint receives $22,000 donation from Bell Canada
Waypoint receives $22,000 donation from Bell Canada
Posted on 10/08/2014
Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund donates $22,000 to Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care to support integration of mental health and addiction services

On Oct. 6, during the launch of Mental Illness Awareness Week at Waypoint, the hospital announced a $22,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. The funds will support the integration of mental health and addiction (concurrent disorders) services withinBell Cheque Presentation Oct. 6 Waypoint’s inpatient and outpatient programs. 

Combining mental health and addiction services allows the hospital to better support patients by addressing their needs in tandem and increasing access to care. The funds will also be used to provide Personal Computer Video Conferencing technology, training, and licences.  

“We are extremely grateful to Bell. With their support we have the opportunity to train our staff to deliver a specialized treatment program for patients/clients with mental illness and addiction issues. This enables us to increase access to care in a region with some of the highest addiction rates in the province,” said Deborah Duncan, Waypoint Vice-President Regional Programs. “Patients will have a new choice of treatment that will enhance their quality of life, and help develop skills to manage relationships, different environments and situations. Furthermore, the program provides both internal and external mental health care providers with tools and a framework to implement similar programs in other settings.””

“Since 2011, the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund has invested more than $4 million to support groups working to fight stigma and improve access to mental health care in communities throughout Canada,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “Today, at the start of Mental Illness Awareness Week, we are very pleased to announce our latest grant to Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. Waypoint is one of the almost 60 new organizations we’re so proud to support in 2014 as they provide much-needed help to people living with mental illness and the family and friends who care for them.”

The Bell Let's Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health through national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk and Bell Let's Talk Day and through the Bell’s funding of community care and access, research, and workplace programs. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.