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1/3 Bell Let’s Talk supports access to state-of-the-art mental health services at Brampton Civic Hospital

BRAMPTON, January 27, 2020 – Bell Let’s Talk today announced a donation of $420,000 to
William Osler Health System (Osler) to support a new repetitive Transcranial Magnetic
Stimulation (rTMS) Clinic at Osler’s Brampton Civic Hospital. The clinic is part of Osler’s
innovative Stepped Care Program that provides leading-edge, high-intensity treatment for
patients with mental illness.

“Bell Let’s Talk is proud to support improved access to the latest innovations in mental health
care through Osler’s Stepped Care Program at Brampton Civic Hospital,” said Mary Deacon,
Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “The addition of an rTMS clinic to the program will make a real
difference in the lives of people in Brampton and the surrounding area who are living with
mental illnesses.”
rTMS is an innovative treatment for people with major depression and post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD) for whom medication may not be effective or an option. The safe, non-invasive
treatments use a magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the brain that are involved in
controlling emotions. With repeated treatments, the magnetic pulses impact how the brain is
working, to ease depression symptoms and improve mood, with little or no discomfort. With the
Bell Let’s Talk donation, Osler will be able to acquire and install a full rTMS suite, while an
additional donation of $50,000 from Osler’s team of psychiatrists themselves will double the
number of patients that can be treated at any one time.

“Osler’s Mental Health and Addictions Department receives about 1,400 outpatient referrals
each month and 70% of these are for depression treatment,” said Kiki Ferrari, Executive Vice
President, Clinical Operations, William Osler Health System. “Thanks to this donation from Bell
Let’s Talk, Osler has become one of Ontario’s first community hospitals to offer rTMS treatment,
providing an innovative option for the growing number of patients who will benefit from
additional treatment and support through their mental health journey.”
Osler has one of the largest Mental Health and Addictions community hospital programs in the
province, consisting of emergency, inpatient and outpatient services across its three sites.
Osler’s Brampton Civic Hospital and Etobicoke General Hospital emergency departments see
the largest number of patients with mental health and addictions illness in Ontario.

“The rTMS treatment is invaluable, particularly for patients who have treatment-resistant
depression and those who do not tolerate medications due to their side effects,” said Dr. Razi
Sayeed, Corporate Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director, William Osler Health System. “This
the incredible gift will have an immediate and direct impact on our patients and we are grateful for
the support, which allows us to reach more people with innovative care.”

In 2019, Osler’s Mental Health and Addictions Program implemented an innovative model of
care – the Stepped Care Program – to simplify the way people access mental health and
addictions outpatient services and help them connect with the right treatment options. Through
the program’s four-step approach, patients’ needs are matched with the level of service they
receive, reserving the most intense, resource-rich services for patients with the most complex
needs. The program has successfully doubled Osler’s outpatient programming and intervention
services, all without changes to staffing, space or resources.

“This donation from Bell Let’s Talk provides leading-edge treatment for mental health patients in
our community – particularly those who currently must travel to downtown Toronto for
treatment” said Ken Mayhew, President, and CEO, Osler Foundation. “We are also grateful that
Dr. Razi Sayeed and his team of psychiatrists have stepped up and provided their own
donations to purchase a second rTMS machine – doubling capacity for patients to receive state of-
the-art mental health care close to home.”

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