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Canada : Bell Let's Talk supports innovative mental health services at the Institut universitaire en sant mentale de Montreal Research Centre.

Bell Let's Talk today announced a $500,000 donation to the Institut universitaire en sant mentale de Montral Foundation (FIUSMM) to support innovation projects at the institute's Research Centre, including the development of mobile applications aimed at improving the lives of people living with mental health issues.

Martine Turcotte, Bell's Vice Chair, Qubec, announced the donation during a panel discussion on mental health and work hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montral. Also taking part in the panel were National Bank President and CEO Louis Vachon, President and CEO of iA Financial Group Yvon Charest, and President and CEO of Hydro-Qubec ric Martel, the 3 co-presidents of FIUSMM's Donnez un peu, beaucoup, la folie fundraising campaign, and Marc Corbire, the institute's Research Chair in Mental Health and Work.

"Bell Let's Talk is proud to support the development of technology innovations that will provide patients with tools to better manage their mental health and pave the way for faster recovery," said Ms. Turcotte. "The Research Centre's innovative research projects are focused on the development of personalized treatments that will improve the well-being of Qubecers living with mental illness."

The Bell Let's Talk donation will help launch new research projects aimed at predicting the length of hospital stays, the risk of readmission, and patient behaviour for those recently admitted into psychiatric emergency services. The research will be conducted by the Institut universitaire en sant mentale de Montral (IUSMM) Research Centre Signature Bank.

The donation will also support the development of mobile applications for the detection, treatment and recovery of people with mental health problems. These innovations will provide additional therapeutic support for victims of bullying and those struggling with chronic stress, depression and psychotic symptoms linked to schizophrenia.

"Research is the cornerstone of improving patients' quality of life," said Stphane Guay, Scientific Director at the IUSMM Research Centre. "It's thanks to the generosity of our invaluable partner Bell Let's Talk, and its belief in the importance of research in mental health, that innovative research projects like these can be undertaken. Digital technologies are part of our day-to-day lives. They can keep us informed and entertained and are already helping to control illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure. It's only natural that we harness the advantages of these tools to improve the daily lives of those affected by mental health issues."

"I am very grateful for the way in which the business community supports our major fundraising campaign," said Martin Gagnon, FIUSMM President and Co-President and Co-Chief Executive Officer at National Bank Financial. "I would like to highlight the vital contribution of Bell Let's Talk in raising awareness of the reality of mental illness. For many years, Bell Let's Talk has contributed to demystifying mental health issues, helping to end the stigma and, most importantly, allowing Canadians to start an open discussion on the subject. The Foundation is proud that we can count on such a committed partner."

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Date:Feb 3, 2018
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