SUDBURY — Cambrian College today announced that it is the recipient of an $11,500 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. The grant will support training for four members of Cambrian College’s faculty and staff to become certified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructors.
"Cambrian cares deeply about the health and success of its students and staff, so the College is very grateful for the $11,500 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund,” said Sonia Del Missier, Cambrian College Interim President. “By enabling four College employees to receive MHFA instructor certification, we plan to extend this life-saving training to a minimum of 200 students, 50 staff, and other community members in 2014. This generous grant from Bell allows Cambrian to further its effort to connect students and staff to mental health education and support.”
Once certified, the instructors will be able to train hundreds of Cambrian students, staff, and community members to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness, provide initial assistance, and guide people to appropriate help. Just like traditional first aid, MHFA is designed to preserve life, prevent conditions or crises from worsening, provide comfort, and promote recovery.
“The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund is dedicated to improving access to mental health care at the grassroots level in communities from coast to coast to coast,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “This year, Cambrian College is one of more than 50 local groups we’re supporting as they provide much-needed help to people living with mental illness while working to reduce the stigma surrounding this pervasive national health issue.”
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a national charitable and awareness program promoting mental health across Canada with the Bell Let's Talk Day anti-stigma campaign and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visitBell.ca/LetsTalk.
About Cambrian College
Cambrian College provides business, industry, and the public sector with workplace-ready employees and entrepreneurs who contribute significantly to the economic success of cities and communities. Based in Sudbury, Ontario, Cambrian offers more than 80 full-time programs and has approximately 4,100 full-time students and 7,000 part-time learners. Established in 1967, Cambrian now has more than 50,000 graduates who are making a difference in workplaces around the world. In a recent provincial survey, Cambrian graduates proved their job-readiness, earning an overall employer satisfaction rate of 93 percent. For more information, visit www.cambriancollege.ca.
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