Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund supports Sault CollegeWednesday, October 10, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund supports Sault College
SAULT COLLEGE - Staff, students and dignitaries were on hand today for an exciting announcement and a $10,000 cheque presentation from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund.
The funds will be used towards completion of the Serenity Room, Sault College’s first room created for mental health programming.
“On behalf of Sault College, I wish to extend a sincere thank you to Bell for their financial support which will allow us to continue to grow and support our diverse population,” states Matt Trainor, director of student services, Sault College. “We are grateful to the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund for allowing us to offer a quiet, safe space for staff and students to enjoy a variety of group devotion activities that will improve mental health on campus.”
The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund is part of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative which provides grants to organizations, hospitals and agencies focused on improving access to mental health care in their communities.
“Bell is extremely pleased to lend our support to Sault College and the 60 other community organizations across the country that are part of the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund this year,” said Mary Deacon, chair of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative. “Each of these groups is truly making a difference at the grassroots level. We’re very proud to be helping them provide much needed resources to enhance mental health services and programs for those affected by mental illness.”
Aside from the creation of the Serenity Room, Sault College Student Services Department will enhance their programming, by bringing a depression and stress reduction group with two certified counsellors in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
“Our primary goal in the counselling office is to empower students to set and reach their full potential,” notes Trainor. “Student's goals vary depending on the individual. For some it might mean successfully completing a program with honours, while for others it might mean surviving a year away from home. Our focus is success and we are here to help students better understand themselves and make choices that will allow them to reach their goals.”
Sault College would like to thank the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund for their continual efforts in advancing mental health issues across the country and for their support in advancing post-secondary education in our community.
The Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health Initiative is a multi-year charitable program that promotes mental health across Canada via the Bell Let's Talk anti-stigma campaign and support for community care, research and workplace best practices.
To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
About Sault College Student Services
Student Services works in partnership with students, College and the community to promote effective student learning and enhance the quality of ‘student life’.
The department strives to promote an environment that is conducive to student growth, with emphasis on respect, values and fairness, leading to success.
Student Services seeks to be the best College student services department by providing high quality service that consistently exceeds the expectations of students, faculty, and staff and is committed to providing each student with a complete learning experience that extends beyond the classroom.
Our services, our workers and our knowledge are as diverse as our students and we continuously improve our skills to provide students with better services.
Located on the border to the United States and situated in the middle of three of the largest great lakes on the planet, Sault College is one of 24 publicly-funded colleges in the province of Ontario.
Visit our website at www.saultcollege.ca to learn more.