Bell Let’s Talk announced another $1M in funding for post-secondary student mental health programs, following a cumulative $3M in grants awarded over the course of last year in support of initiatives designed to respond to the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students (The Standard).
Campuses have been working to better support student mental health long before the start of the pandemic and have continued to increase their efforts since. It is fantastic to see that Bell is continuing their commitment to supporting student mental health and promising that Colleges and Universities across Canada are working to improve campus wellness through the implementation of key learnings from the Standard.
“Bell Let’s Talk has been a leader in supporting the Standard and as Chair of the Technical Committee for the Standard, I welcome Bell’s continued funding for institutional projects that support our call to action. The first wave of funding in 2021 provided opportunity for more than 120 campuses to complete self-assessments to define next steps. This second phase of funding will support development of programming that evaluates outcomes and efficacy in creating strong mentally healthy environments. It will be exciting to see successful and effective projects that can be shared with others across the country.
-Janine Robb, Executive Director of Health & Wellness, University of Toronto
Greenspace is optimistic about the impact this will have for the mental health of students across Canada, especially as we continue to work with post-secondary institutions to help them bring evidence-informed care to campuses that is responsive to both student needs and objective results of care services.
Congratulations to all the recipients of the Post-Secondary Fund and thank you to Bell Let’s Talk and all of these campuses for your ongoing commitment to student mental health.