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Bell Let's Talk Day funds mental illness programs at homeless shelters
Some of the funds raised on Bell Let's Talk Day are being used to help people who live on the streets of Montreal.
Bell is donating $300,000 to Accueil Bonneau, the Old Brewery Mission, and the Welcome Hall Mission to assist those with mental illnesses.
The funding goes toward a program called PRISM, which helps people with several mental disorders by providing them with transitional housing for six to eight weeks.
During that time a team of psychiatrists, social workers, and nurses provide care for the participants.
Almost 90 per cent of participants who finish the program continue the practices they learn - and find an apartment.
"They start taking their medications more regularly, which enables them to take on projects like volunteering, going back to work, going back to school. So those are things they wouldn't have been able to do if they had stayed in the community and the most important part is they're able to get out of homelessness," said Kim Whitty, an intervention worker at Prism.
The program currently has 45 beds in three shelters.
It's estimated that between 30 and 35 per cent of those living on the streets suffer from some form of mental illness.