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Bulletin: Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health receives $1 million donation from Bell

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
Investment in the Royals innovative Telepsychiatry Program benefits remote communities


OTTAWA - As part of its unprecedented corporate investment in mental health, Bell today announced a donation of $1 million over five years to the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health to support the use of video conferencing services for mental health care.

The donation to The Royal, one of Canada’s leading providers of telemedicine and community outreach services, will enhance and expand the Royal’s Telepsychiatry Program. The Program will help make services like psychiatric consultations via video conferencing more accessible and effective.

“Bell is committed to improving mental health care access at all levels and in every part of Canada. Partnering with a world-class mental health care provider like The Royal and its leading approach to telepsychiatry is a great fit with our initiative,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell’s Mental Health Initiative. ”The Royal Ottawa Telepsychiatry Program encourages real innovation in mental health care and accessibility for many smaller communities, key objectives at the core of our new community investment program.”

The Royal provides services throughout Eastern Ontario and, in partnership with other organizations, supports mental health care in northern Ontario communities like Timmins, Kapuskasing, Iroquois Falls, Kirkland Lake, Sturgeon Falls, as well as in Nunavut and Yukon

About Bell

Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs, including Bell Mobility wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite television and Bell Fibe TV, Bell Home phone local and long distance, and IP-broadband and information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell is proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For information on Bell's products and services, please visit www.bell.ca. For corporate information on BCE, please visit www.bce.ca.

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