Initiative Campaign

Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair

[Bell Canada]

The distinguished panel involved in the research chair announcement included:
Richard Reznick, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences; Principal Daniel Woolf;
Mary Deacon, chair of the Bell "Let’s Talk" mental health initiative;
Dr. Heather Stuart; and Thomas O’Neill, chair of the board, BCE.

Changing the way people think about mental health

Through the Initiative Campaign and as part of their Let’s Talk program, Bell donated $1 million to create the world-first chair in anti-stigma research – the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair. Announced in February 2012, Dr. Heather Stuart, Professor of Community Health and Epidemiology, was named the chair holder.

Through her work to assess and advance outreach programs, Dr. Stuart hopes to change how people think about mental health. Bell’s donation will allow her to focus on her research in developing and disseminating best practices to reduce stigma, hire research assistants, and bring in experts to speak at conferences, among other activities.

Dr. Stuart says of Bell’s decision to fund the chair: “Bell Canada are true heroes who have stood up for mental illness. It is very hard to get funding for this type of research and Bell is prepared to put their money to work and I am extremely grateful to them.“

"Breaking the Silence: Let's Talk About the Stigma of Mental Illness." The Annual Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair Lecture from June 25, 2013, featuring Dr. Heather Stuart and award-winning author James Fitzgerald.

  • [photo of Heather Stuart at podium]
    Heather Stuart, Professor of Community Health and Epidemiology and Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair
  • [photo of James FitzGerald at the podium]
    James FitzGerald, journalist and award-winning author
  • [photo of Dean of Health Sciences, Richard Reznick ]
    Dean of Health Sciences, Richard Reznick
  • [photo of James FitzGerald, Heather Stuart and Mary Deacon]
    James FitzGerald, Heather Stuart and Mary Deacon
  • [photo of Michael Landsberg, Mary Deacon and James FitzGerald]
    Michael Landsberg, Mary Deacon and James FitzGerald
  • [photo of Mary Deacon]
    Mary Deacon, chair of the Bell "Let’s Talk" mental health initiative
  • [photo of Michael Landsberg]
    Michael Landsberg, host of TSN’s "Off the Record," was the master of ceremonies
  • [photo of Heather Stuart and Michael Landsberg]
    Heather Stuart and Michael Landsberg in Queen's colours
  • [photo of Principal Daniel Woolf, VP Advancement Tom Harris, and Barbara Palk
    Principal Daniel Woolf, Vice-Principal (Advancement) Tom Harris, and Barbara Palk of the Initiative Campaign Cabinet