Press Release: St. Mary’s University receives $90,000 Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund grant

CALGARY, AB (January 24, 2024) – St. Mary’s University is thrilled to announce it is a recipient of a $90,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund.

Receiving the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund is a testament to St. Mary’s University’s commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive campus environment. This funding will play a pivotal role in expanding mental health resources, implementing educational programs, and enhancing support services for students.

“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to provide a $90,000 Post-Secondary Fund grant to St. Mary’s University to support increasing mental health resources for students. The Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund has supported many initiatives such as this that are improving student mental health and wellness across Canada,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk.

Representatives from Bell joined Dr. Sinda K. Vanderpool, President of St. Mary’s University, and other distinguished guests for a cheque presentation, emphasizing the collaborative efforts in promoting mental health initiatives.

Dr. Vanderpool expressed gratitude for the recognition and support, stating, “This is a celebratory moment for our community. We are honoured to be selected as a recipient of a grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund. Holistic care for students is the bedrock of the education we provide. Fostering strong mental health for our students is a priority at St. Mary’s. This funding will allow us to further break down stigmas that can prevent students from accessing services to help them achieve their academic goals and flourish. This grant will further enhance our efforts to foster thriving in mind, body, and spirit on our campus.”

The cheque presentation took place in the Classroom Building on the St. Mary’s University campus on Wednesday, January 24. Media representatives, faculty, students, and members of the community were invited to attend this landmark occasion, showcasing the collaborative commitment to mental health advocacy.