Mental Health: Our Kids Need A Place To Play

The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba today kicked off a campaign to raise funds for the redevelopment of the indoor and outdoor play spaces for the Child & Adolescent Mental Health program with the announcement of a $20,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund.

“The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba is thrilled to be tasked to engage our community for the betterment of our children,” said Dean Schinkel, Chair, Board of Directors, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. “Play is essential to give our children all the opportunities to laugh and grow. Our thanks to Bell Let’s Talk for helping to kick off the campaign. Their contribution truly elevates the need for this cause.”

Imagine not having a safe space where you can exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and smell the fresh air when you are a patient with a mental health diagnosis. The new space, which will include a sports area and pergola for yoga, will create a healthy and safe indoor and outdoor play space so that patients will see a reduction in depression, anxiety, and stress, teaching them coping tools for the future.

“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to support the Child & Adolescent Mental Health program at The Children’s Hospital of Manitoba,” said Bell Let’s Talk ambassador Andrew Jensen, who presented the check today. “Through the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund we are helping over 100 organizations in communities across Canada, like The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, that are making such a difference for young people affected by mental illness.”

“We know from research and experience that exercise helps overall well-being and has a positive impact on mental health as well as mood, self-esteem and self-confidence,” said Ronan Segrave, Interim Chief Operating Officer, HSC Winnipeg. “The program team worked with patients, families, staff and playground developers to explore what kind of space and activities most interested them and would best suit their needs. We are so excited that these plans for indoor and outdoor fitness will be a reality thanks to donors to the Children’s Hospital Foundation like Bell Let’s Talk.”

Between 500 and 600 children ages 10-17 are admitted to the 14-bed Child & Adolescent Mental Health inpatient unit every year. The unit serves youth with a range of acute mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis and suicide attempts or ideation. The care is evidence-based and provided by an inter-professional team of health care providers through a family-focused lens.

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Tomorrow is Bell Let’s Talk Day

Everyone is invited to join the mental health conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day by sending messages of support across multiple platforms to drive awareness and action in mental health. Tomorrow, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of the following interactions at no extra cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access:

  • Talk: Every mobile call and every long distance call made by Bell wireless and phone customers
  • Text: Every text message sent by Bell wireless customers
  • Twitter: Every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk and Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at
  • Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at and use of the Bell Let’s Talk frame
  • Instagram: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at
  • Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk filter and video view

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About Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba Inc.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba is dedicated to ensuring that every child treated at the Children’s Hospital receives the best medical care possible.
Since 1971, with incredible donor support, the Foundation has raised more than $100 million to improve the lives of sick and injured children from Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, and Nunavut. Funding supports important programs that bring comfort to sick children during difficult times, the purchase of life-saving equipment, and the advancement of pediatric health research that will improve the lives of children everywhere.

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Tanya Williams
Director, Marketing & Communications