January 25, 2022

Raising Funds & Awareness for Mental Health in #HamOnt: Why St. Joe’s Celebrates #BellLetsTalk Day

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After posting or retweeting a message on #BellLetsTalk Day, do you ever wonder where the funds raised go? Let us help to answer that question!

Grants from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund support mental health programs and initiatives across our country, including right here at St. Joe’s – the leading provider of mental health and addictions care for young people and adults in our region.

In fact, the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund has granted more than $60,000 to St. Joe’s Youth Wellness Centre (YWC), and our Foundation couldn’t be more grateful. Today, on Bell Let’s Talk Day, we want to thank our friends at Bell Canada, and YOU, for joining in the conversation to raise awareness, and funds, for mental health in Canada.

Together, your support continues to make our YWC a safe space for young people ages 17 to 25 to access the expert mental health and substance use care they may need. Here’s how your likes, shares, and engagement are supporting more accessible, inclusive, and peer-supported mental healthcare for young people in our community:

  • In 2021, the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund granted $20,000 to YouThrive, an innovative mobile program dedicated to delivering mental health and substance use care to Black, Indigenous, and racialized children, youth and families in the Hamilton community.
  • In 2019, the fund granted $20,000 to help recruit a Peer Support Supervisor Role to hire and train 10-15 youth leaders who connect with, and support, YWC clients seeking help for their addiction or mental health concerns. Because sometimes seeking help is easier when you can relate to your care provider.
  • In 2017, the fund granted $20,000 to our YWC’s Mobile Concurrent Disorders Clinic for LGBTQ+ Youth. The funds helped to support a dedicated, mobile clinician who worked with more than 30 young people each month develop individual treatment plans and support groups to meet the unique needs of LGBTQ+ youth.

So, on Bell Let’s Talk Day, join the conversation about why mental health matters! Follow Bell Let’s Talk on social media and Bell Canada will donate 5¢ for every applicable text, call, social media video view, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat lens.

Please note: St. Joe’s YWC accepts self-referrals for care from youth, as well as referrals from family/friends, medical professionals, and youth mental health and substance use service providers in the community. Those wishing to access or refer care can do so by visiting: www.reachouthamilton.ca.

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