True Patriot Love has made a clear commitment to support the mental health and well-being of our military families, serving members and veterans.
To date, TPL has provided more than $2.7 million to programming and organizations across Canada that directly impact that mental health and well-being of our Armed Forces. We can provide a prosthetic for a missing limb and bandage a cut, but it is the injuries we cannot see that are the most difficult to identify. Additionally, the effects of mental illness are never limited to one person, but are ultimately felt by the entire family.
In addition, TPL has provided over $1 million to support our the mental health of our military families – from family counseling, support groups, clinical tools and mental health first aid. This includes $250,000 to the Military Families Fund, which went towards a unique partnership with the Royal Ottawa Hospital to create ‘The Mind’s the Matter’ online tool for teens and spouses to learn how to deal with a parent or partner suffering from Operational Stress Injuries (OSI). We funded another innovative program called Outward Bound Canada’s Veterans Program, which has used $647,250 to provide current and former Canadian Forces personnel the chance to experience the wilderness they served to protect while sharing deployment and post-deployment experiences with like-minded peers.
Military Family Resource Centres (MFRC’s) across Canada provide military families with services and community programs that help them tackle the challenges of their unique lifestyle, including the toll it can take on the mental health of our members and their families. These services focus on child and youth development and parenting support, prevention, support and intervention, personal development and community integration and family separation and reunion. Each year we have made a commitment to set aside funds for MFRCs to run programs specific to their communities’ needs, such as resiliency training classes to youth support groups to couples counseling.
In 2013, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund was founded to provide charitable organizations from across Canada with a total of $1 million over four years in support of mental health programs for military families, veterans, and serving members.
With Bell and True Patriot Love matching funds for the program, the fund will distribute $250,000 annually (between 2013-2016), in grants of $5,000 to $25,000. Since 2013, the Fund has provided 32 grants across Canada to programs delivered through Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) and other charities who work to improve access to mental health care in military communities across the country.
For more information on the Bell True Patriot Love Fund, please click here.