January 22, 2017 

Ottawa, ON– Queensway Carleton Hospital is pleased to receive a $15,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund towards the HOPES RISING Campaign for Mental Health benefitting Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) training for frontline mental health staff.


“The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will support training for our outpatient and emergency front line staff in providing evidence-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to patients with schizophrenia or depression. This therapy helps patients manage their own care, and to direct or redirect their thoughts,” said Domenic Ielo, Clinical Director ICU, Mental Health, Clinical Information, Queensway Carleton Hospital.

The CBT model will be incorporated into the mental health program to provide the highest level of care for patients at the Queensway Carleton Hospital.

“Bell Let’s Talk is very proud to support mental health training at the Queensway Carleton Hospital,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “This grant is one of 70 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grants provided in 2017 to support mental health services in communities around the country that help Canadians living with mental health issues.”

HOPES RISING is a campaign inspired by the hopes of families throughout our community to enhance Queensway Carleton Hospital’s acute mental health services for adults of all ages in the greater Ottawa region. Through its success, this campaign will help Queensway Carleton Hospital deliver the right mental health care, at the right time, by the right people and in the right setting.

“We are very grateful for this generous donation from Bell Let’s Talk that will help our frontline staff provide the best care for our patients in the mental health program,” added Tom Schonberg, President & CEO of Queensway Carleton Hospital.

CBT training is recognized as best practice by Health Quality Ontario (HQO) and will be a standard in the care of mental health patients with psychotic illness. Queensway Carleton Hospital mental health services strive to remain ahead of the curve in training social workers, nurses and clinicians in the outpatient and inpatient unit at Queensway Carleton Hospital in CBT.

Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 31

Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these interactions on January 31, at no extra cost to participants:

  • Text and talk: Every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell customers
  • Twitter: Every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and Bell Let’s Talk Day video view
  • Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalkand use of the Bell Let’s Talk frame
  • Instagram: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view
  • Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk filter and video view

 The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day, and provides significant Bell funding of mental health care and access, research and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

The HOPES RISING campaign donations will support a new, therapeutic environment to deliver the best in holistic mental healthcare for patients and families at Queensway Carleton Hospital. The mental health unit has not had any renovations or enhancements since it opened in 1976. Funds raised will support an extensive renovation of an aging Mental Health Unit at Queensway Carleton Hospital, provide enhanced emergency programs and services for people in a mental health crisis and, help strengthen connections to community mental health support services.

For more information aboutHopes Rising and how to donate to support this initiative, please visit: www.hopesrising.ca