'Let’s Talk' about Bell's Donation to Enhance Kids’ Mental Health Care
Bell is a national champion of raising awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues. On January 26, 2016, Bell Let's Talk presented $25,000 to Children’s Health Foundation to support care service delivery for youth struggling with a mental health disorder at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). This vital contribution is helping to address lengthy wait times for kids and adolescents, across Southwestern Ontario, who need to access life-enriching emotional and psychological support.
Wait times for paediatric services are a top concern of mental health care providers, as lengthy wait times prolong child and family suffering, and may also lead to decreased engagement in treatment, treatment dropout and negative long-term outcomes for young people.
Dr. Javeed Sukhera, Senior Designate Physician Lead for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at LHSC, attended the cheque presentation to thank Bell Let's Talk for their generosity.
Dr. Sukhera shared, “Our program is very appreciative to our donors and Children's Health Foundation for their support, which has helped us implement the most innovative treatments and provide compassionate and patient-centered care to the children and families who are in need.”
Dr. Sukhera was proud to introduce clinical psychologists and leaders of the “Reducing Wait Times for Children’s Mental Health Services” project, Drs. Julie Eichstedt, Devita Singh and Kerry Collins. Their team communicated that this initiative, which Bell Let's Talk's gift is supporting, has reduced wait times within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care’s Outpatient Program by more than 50 per cent, positioning our kids for more successful long-term care outcomes.
“We can’t thank Bell Let's Talk enough for recognizing the importance of caring for the whole child,” explains Susan Crowley, President and CEO, Children’s Health Foundation. “Our community of mental health care donors is supporting an initiative that will have far-reaching positive impacts on the national landscape of kids’ mental health, transforming the lives of innumerable families by giving them newfound hope for a brighter tomorrow.”
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program provides clinical services for children and youth up to 17 years of age and their families. Learn more.