(Toronto, May 6, 2020) – Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, is pleased to thank the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) for its $20,000 donation to support the BounceBack program.
For a third consecutive year, as part of OTIP’s annual social media campaign on Bell Let’s Talk Day, the organization pledged to donate $1 to CMHA Ontario for every like and share of its posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
OTIP doubled its annual contribution this year after donating $10,000 to CMHA Ontario through each of its previous two campaigns.
“We are thrilled to make a $20,000 donation to BounceBack as a result of our annual Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign,” said Patricia Wilkinson-Bizjak, VP, corporate affairs and communications. “We know mental health is a topic of great importance to our members. That’s why we’re proud to support tangible mental health programs like BounceBack to support Ontarians experiencing mild-to-moderate symptoms of anxiety or depression to manage their well-being on their own terms.”
Grounded in cognitive behavioural therapy, BounceBack is a guided self-help approach that’s proven to help people aged 15 and up who may be feeling low, stressed out, worried, depressed, irritable or angry. BounceBack participants receive telephone coaching, skill-building workbooks and online videos to help them overcome mild-to-moderate symptoms and develop new skills to regain positive mental health.
“For a third-consecutive year, we’re honoured to accept OTIP’s generous donation and we’re thrilled they recognize the value BounceBack brings to Ontarians,” said CMHA Ontario CEO Camille Quenneville. “This significant contribution will help to ensure more people get the support they need with life’s challenges when they need it. We can’t thank OTIP enough.”
About Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan
With more than 600 employees and a full range of group and individual insurance products, the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) has a well-earned reputation for providing outstanding benefit support and service to the education community, union organizations and individuals. OTIP first opened its doors over 40 years ago and has been growing ever since.
About Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is a not-for-profit, charitable organization funded by the provincial Ministry of Health. We work to improve the lives of all Ontarians through leadership, collaboration and continual pursuit of excellence in community-based mental health and addictions services. Our vision is a society that embraces and invests in the mental health of all people. We are a trusted advisor to government, contributing to health systems development through policy formulation and recommendations that promote positive mental health. Our nearly 30 local CMHA branches, together with community-based mental health and addictions service providers across the province, serve approximately 500,000 Ontarians each year.
For more information, contact:
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
T: 416-977-5580, ext. 4175
Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communication
Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan
T: 1-877-260-3892, ext. 2615