Stella’s Circle receives Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant

Stella’s Circle is pleased to receive an $8,800 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund contributing to the implementation of a peer support model for the organization.

CHANNAL (Consumers’ Health Awareness Network Newfoundland and Labrador), a St. John’s mental health organization with experts in the peer support model, will design and deliver targeted training to 125 Stella’s Circle staff to enable seamless integration of a peer support model, enhancing current program offerings and service delivery to clients within the organization and the community. The training will be offered in 10 sessions.

“The ability to build on staff knowledge and to introduce new ways of working with participants that support recovery through all our programs is a wonderful addition made possible through the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant,” said Denise Hillier, Director of Clinical Services at Stella’s Circle. “Peer support will lift up the expertise of those with lived experience who have been trained to share their knowledge with others. The power of peer support is well established through research and our ability to use the expertise of CHANNAL to facilitate these sessions is exciting.”

“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to help Stella’s Circle in St. John’s offer peer support training for their employees,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund supports a diverse range of grassroots mental health organizations throughout the country, like Stella’s Circle, that are taking action to improve access to mental health care and working to make a positive difference through evidence-based programs that meet the needs of their communities.”

Bell Let’s Talk promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives throughout the country. To learn more, please visit

Stella’s Circle announced the news of this Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to its staff at an All-Staff meeting on November 3 at the Emera Innovation Centre.