Forty per cent of Canadian military personnel medically released each year experience mental health injuries. And children from military families experience double the rate of mental health issues compared to children from civilian families.

In response to the growing need for mental health programs in the military and Veteran community, True Patriot Love and Bell Canada committed themselves to funding such programs by launching the Bell TPL Fund in 2013. Since its launch, the Bell TPL Fund has provided 100 grants to organizations across the country, positively impacting thousands of military members, Veterans and their families.

In October 2019, True Patriot Love, along with Bell Let’s Talk and our Disbursement Advisory  Committee, chose 11 programs from across Canada that are making a meaningful difference in the military and Veteran community to receive the 2019 Bell TPL Fund grants. As we approach Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 29 – an initiative that raises awareness and acceptance around mental health, we have profiled the 11 Bell TPL Fund grant recipients. Click on each program below to learn more about their important work and their life-changing impact.

 

Recipients of the Bell TPL Fund

 

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    4 Wing MFRC Society

    This Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) will facilitate various programs which provide mental health support and suicide prevention/intervention services.

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    Kids Help Phone

    Through their Crisis Text Line, free 24/7 support and information will be available by text to youth in military families.

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    Mood Disorders Society of Canada

    Veteran participants will take part in six evidence-based peer support workshops led by a mental health worker.

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    New Brunswick MFRC

    Recipient of grants for two programs that will provide support to children and parents who have a child with oppositional defiant disorder.

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    Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Association

    The association will provide three-day workshops that offer Mental Health First Aid and case studies, ensuring participants have the proper skills to support military members and Veterans facing mental health challenges.

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    Prince’s Trust Canada

    The organization will train program volunteers in Mental Health First Aid, giving them the tools to assist medically-released Veterans in their entrepreneurial business bootcamp.

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    Quebec Veterans Foundation

    Veterans who are served by Ste. Anne Hospital’s operational stress injury and pain management clinics will benefit from music therapy, yoga/mindfulness training and pet therapy.

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    Roots of Empathy

    The organization delivers it’s year-long, evidence based classroom program to schools with high populations of children from military families.

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    Toronto MFRC

    Professional development in the Theraplay model of child and family play therapy will be provided to staff members. This will enhance family mental health and wellness and improve family resilience within the Canadian Armed Forces.

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    Veterans Transition Network

    The organization will provide formal training to better equip Veteran graduates (paraprofessionals) who help run group therapy sessions for Veterans facing challenges related to the transition to civilian life.

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