Welcome!

News Feed Item

Bell Let's Talk and Kids Help Phone celebrate 25 year national partnership with the largest ever corporate gift to Kids Help Phone

TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kids Help Phone, Bell and Kids Help Phone today announced the largest-ever corporate donation in the organization's history. Totalling $2.5 million, Bell's gift to Kids Help Phone will enable innovative new technology initiatives to support the mental health and well-being of young people across Canada.

"Bell is proud to have been there from the start for Kids Help Phone and to have helped the organization deliver innovative services for young people in Canada over the last quarter century," said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada and BCE. "To mark this important milestone, Bell Let's Talk is investing $2.5 million more in Kids Help Phone to enable national technology-driven communications initiatives that ensure young people can access mental health and counseling support whenever and wherever they need it."

"To think of the millions of young people across Canada who have benefitted from the programs that Kids Help Phone has implemented with Bell's support is astounding," said Sharon Wood, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone. "Kicking off a new year with such a tremendous gift is exciting, uplifting, and, most of all, inspiring, because I know it means that kids are going to get support when they need it most. Thanks to Bell's generosity, Kids Help Phone will be able to continue to be there for every young person in Canada, whether they come to us for help over the phone, online, or through new innovations like Resources Around Me, an amazing interactive tool we are launching today with Bell's support."

"Mental health is a very important issue both for our government and for me personally," said The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women. "As a practicing physician, I regularly work with and see children who have experienced difficult situations. It is reassuring to know that they have a place to turn - Kids Help Phone and Bell provide an invaluable service for millions of young people in Canada."

Bell's leadership gift will support the development and enhancement of innovative technologies to enhance youth mental health services, including:

  • Online counselling through Live Chat - Bell is the leading donor supporting Kids Help Phone's new, innovative and highly in-demand counselling platform. Live Chat counselling lets young people connect one-on-one in real time with a professional Kids Help Phone counsellor from a computer or mobile device. In 2014, Kids Help Phone's counsellors will be spending a total of 10,000 hours dedicated to Live Chat counselling. This service is of particular value to young people facing serious mental health issues, as evidenced by the high rates of Live Chat usage by young people struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
  • Phone and web post counselling services - Bell is also helping to support Kids Help Phone's professional counselling services to young people via phone and web post. In 2014, Bell's support will enable counsellors to spend 520 hours helping young people work through the challenges they face by phone and online via web post.
  • Continued service innovation through technology - As new technologies arise and become relevant to the lives of young people, Bell's funding will allow Kids Help Phone to meet their emerging needs. In 2014, this includes additional funding as a lead donor for Resources Around Me. Resources Around Me is a youth-friendly tool now available on Kids Help Phone's Always There mobile app and website, which provides young people with the ability to instantly find local services and support programs in their community, such as food banks, shelters, health clinics, or counselling centres. To view the web version of the tool, please visit kidshelpphone.ca/resourcesaroundme.

Since 1989, Kids Help Phone has been providing professional counselling services, mental health information and resources for kids, teens, and young adults across Canada. As a founding partner of Kids Help Phone, Bell has a proud legacy of support over the years for many innovative programs that have increased young people's access to Kids Help Phone's vital mental health support. Over the past 25 years, Bell's contributions have included support for the launch of Kids Help Phone's telephone counselling service in 1989 and the development of its first website in 1996, corporate and employee support for Kids Help Phone's signature national fundraising event - the Walk so Kids Can Talk - since 2002, and significant contributions towards the Always There mobile app and the pilot of Live Chat counselling in 2012.

About Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is a Canadian and world leader, known for its expertise in providing vital, innovative, and professional counselling services to children and youth. Since 1989 Kids Help Phone has offered children, teens and young adults in Canada a critical lifeline of hope and support, through its free, anonymous and confidential service. Kids Help Phone's professional counsellors support the mental health and well-being of young people ages five to 20, in urban, rural, and remote communities, by providing one-on-one counselling, information and resources online and by phone. The organization's internationally recognized, award-winning websites are considered a model of child-focused interactive design, and offer online counselling forums and engaging, therapeutic games, tools and information to encourage resilience and self-care. A community-based national charity, Kids Help Phone receives no guaranteed ongoing financial support from government or any large funder and relies on community and corporate support to keep our essential service available. We're there for the *6.5 million young people in Canada, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in English and in French.

*Source: represents the age group Kids Help Phone serves (from five to 20) according to Statistics Canada, 2012.

For further information:
kidshelpphone.ca
kidshelpphone.ca/facebook
kidshelpphone.ca/twitter
kidshelpphone.ca/youtube
kidshelpphone.ca/pinterest
kidshelpphone.ca/resourcesaroundme

For information on service evaluations that have shown Kids Help Phone leads to significant improvements in youth mental health, please visit kidshelpphone.ca/proofpositive.

Bell Let's Talk Day is January 28
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a national charitable program that promotes mental health across Canada with significant funding for community care, research and workplace best practices, and fights the stigma around mental illness with high-profile events like Bell Let's Talk Day. Set for January 28, 2014, the fourth annual Bell Let's Talk Day invites Canadians to join the conversation and help end the stigma around mental illness.

On Bell Let's Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents for every text, mobile call and long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of the Bell Let's Talk Day image. Bell's donations are made at no extra charge to Bell Let's Talk Day participants, though normal long distance or text charges, if any, apply. To date, Bell has already committed to invest $62,043,289.30 in Canadian mental health, based on its original $50 million commitment and participation in Bell Let's Talk Day since 2011.

To learn more please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

About Bell
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business customers with leading TV, Internet, wireless, home phone and business communications solutions. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital media. Bell is wholly owned by Montréal's BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For more information, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca.

SOURCE Bell Canada

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today TechTarget has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TechTarget is the Web’s leading destination for serious technology buyers researching and making enterprise technology decisions. Its extensive global networ...
The IoTs will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and share the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the development proc...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device. For more information, please visit https://www.mangoapps.com/.
The essence of data analysis involves setting up data pipelines that consist of several operations that are chained together – starting from data collection, data quality checks, data integration, data analysis and data visualization (including the setting up of interaction paths in that visualization). In our opinion, the challenges stem from the technology diversity at each stage of the data pipeline as well as the lack of process around the analysis.
Many banks and financial institutions are experimenting with containers in development environments, but when will they move into production? Containers are seen as the key to achieving the ultimate in information technology flexibility and agility. Containers work on both public and private clouds, and make it easy to build and deploy applications. The challenge for regulated industries is the cost and complexity of container security compliance. VM security compliance is already challenging, ...
Designing IoT applications is complex, but deploying them in a scalable fashion is even more complex. A scalable, API first IaaS cloud is a good start, but in order to understand the various components specific to deploying IoT applications, one needs to understand the architecture of these applications and figure out how to scale these components independently. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nara Rajagopalan is CEO of Accelerite, will discuss the fundamental architecture of IoT applications, ...
In the rush to compete in the digital age, a successful digital transformation is essential, but many organizations are setting themselves up for failure. There’s a common misconception that the process is just about technology, but it’s not. It’s about your business. It shouldn’t be treated as an isolated IT project; it should be driven by business needs with the committed involvement of a range of stakeholders.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Tintri Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, will exhibit at the 18th International CloudExpo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Enterprise networks are complex. Moreover, they were designed and deployed to meet a specific set of business requirements at a specific point in time. But, the adoption of cloud services, new business applications and intensifying security policies, among other factors, require IT organizations to continuously deploy configuration changes. Therefore, enterprises are looking for better ways to automate the management of their networks while still leveraging existing capabilities, optimizing perf...
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Adobe, will discuss how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects). Bruce Swann has more than 15 years of experience working with digital marketing disciplines like web analytics, social med...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
SYS-CON Events announced today that EastBanc Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. EastBanc Technologies has been working at the frontier of technology since 1999. Today, the firm provides full-lifecycle software development delivering flexible technology solutions that seamlessly integrate with existing systems – whether on premise or cloud. EastBanc Technologies partners with p...
SYS-CON Events announced today that AppNeta, the leader in performance insight for business-critical web applications, will exhibit and present at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. AppNeta is the only application performance monitoring (APM) company to provide solutions for all applications – applications you develop internally, business-critical SaaS applications you use and the networks that deli...
SYS-CON Events announced today BZ Media LLC has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. BZ Media LLC is a high-tech media company that produces technical conferences and expositions, and publishes a magazine, newsletters and websites in the software development, SharePoint, mobile development and Commercial Drone markets.