Major grants

Bell invests in best-in-class research programs and supports a variety of organizations including community agencies, hospitals and universities.

Canadian Red Cross

A $150,000 donation from Bell Let's Talk will see the Canadian Red Cross will incorporate mental health programming into its standard first aid training and launch a new Canadian Red Cross program focused on training first responders to look beyond physical symptoms and evaluate emotional well-being following an emergency such as a natural disaster.

Ontario, 2016

Yukon Health and Social Services

A joint $500,000 project was announced with Bell Let’s Talk, Northwestel and Yukon Health and Social Services to support the launch of the FRIENDS cognitive behaviour group-based intervention program throughout the territory. The project will provide mental health prevention and treatment services through trained facilitators in rural Yukon and Whitehorse with a specific focus for First Nation adolescents and girls at social-emotional risk.

Northern-Canada, 2016

Brain Canada

Bell and Brain Canada announce $1 million research training fund through a new partnership in support of brain research in Canada – the Bell Mental Health Research Training Awards.

Quebec, 2013

l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec

Donation of $1million to the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec in support of ground-breaking research to detect early signs of mental illness in youth from families with a history of mental illness. In addition, the deployment of the HoPE project (Horizon Parent-Enfant) a clinic which will improve screening, accessibility and continuity of services for children and adolescents with a parent suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or recurrent major depression.

Quebec, 2016

Rise Asset Development

Bell's funding of $500,000 will be used towards expanding the Rise Asset Development Loan Fund across communities in Ontario and building a strategic plan to extend the program nationally across Canada.

Ontario, 2016

Going Off, Growing Strong

Bell Let’s Talk and Bell Aliant announced a $150,000 investment in the Nunatsiavut Government’s Aullak sangilivallianginnatuk - Going Off, Growing Strong program to enhance mental health services for youth in Nain.

Atlantic, 2015

CHU Sainte-Justine

CHU Sainte-Justine and Bell announced a gift of $500,000 from Bell Let’s Talk to support Québec’s first Integrated Mother-Child Centre for Eating Disorders.

Quebec, 2015

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and Bell announced a gift of $1 million from Bell Let’s Talk to support the new Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre. When it opens in Spring 2017, the Centre will be the largest purpose-built mental health facility in British Columbia and one of the largest in Canada.

British Columbia, 2015

Fondation Cité de la Santé

A $200,000 donation to the Fondation Cité de la Santé supports the mental health department at the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Laval.

Quebec, 2012

Concordia University

A $500,000 donation to Concordia University’s Department of Psychology will subsidize therapy and assessment at the university’s Applied Psychology Centre and Centre for Clinical Research in Health.

Quebec, 2013

Ontario Shores Foundation

A gift of $150,000 supported the expansion of youth and adolescent care. The Bell Canada Youth Mental Health Clinic at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) opened in 2012 and provides outreach services to adolescents in need of specialized treatment.

Ontario, 2012

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Bell Let’s Talk and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre announced a new partnership in support of youth mental health – the $1 million Bell Canada Chair in Adolescent Mood & Anxiety Disorders.

Ontario, 2014

University of British Columbia

Bell has donated $1 million to the University of British Columbia to establish the Bell Youth Mental Health Impact Project, which will allow UBC researchers to conduct mental health outreach to youth in need throughout BC.

British Columbia, 2011

Streetohome Foundation

$250,000 to the Streetohome Foundation to provide support to homeless or at-risk youth living with mental health issues and addictions in BC.

British Columbia, 2011

Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation

$1 million to the Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation to expand its Telepsychiatry Program benefiting rural, northern, and remote communities.

Ontario, 2011

Queen's University

Bell Canada and Queen's University announced a world-first: the creation the Chair of Mental Health and Anti Stigma Research to better understand the causes of stigma and how best to eradicate it.

Ontario, 2012

Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal

$1 million to the Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal to support innovative research and a new mental health biobank.

Quebec, 2013

Fondation Hôpital Charles-Lemoyne

$300,000 to the Fondation Hôpital Charles-Lemoyne for its adolescent psychiatric unit.

Quebec, 2011

Government of Alberta

Joint initiative to enhance mental health services for children and youth throughout the province, especially those in rural and remote communities, with a single online access point to mental health information and care.

Prairies, 2014

Bell True Patriot Love Fund

Bell Canada and the True Patriot Love Foundation announced the launch of the Bell True Patriot Love Fund, a $1 million program to support community mental health initiatives for Canadian military families.

Ontario, 2013

Jewish General Hospital (JGH) Foundation

A $230,000 gift to the Jewish General Hospital Foundation supports the JGH’s Child Psychiatry Transitional Care Program.

Quebec, 2013

Bell Let’s Talk funding to support Canada’s territories

Bell Let’s Talk announced $1 million in funding for community mental health resources in Canada’s northern territories of Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon.

Northern-Canada, 2014

Université Laval Foundation

A $225,000 contribution from Bell Let’s Talk supports a new program that will help students who experience mental health issues.

Quebec, 2014

Kids Help Phone

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kids Help Phone, Bell and Kids Help Phone announced the largest-ever corporate donation in the organization’s history. Totalling $2.5 million, Bell’s gift to Kids Help Phone will enable innovative new technology initiatives to support the mental health and well-being of young people across Canada.

Ontario, 2014

Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal

Bell is donating $2 million to the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal for research activities associated with the Douglas-Bell Canadian Brain Bank, a world-class brain centre unique in Canada.

Quebec, 2012

CAMH Foundation

$10 million to CAMH Foundation (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) to take the world-leading institution past its landmark $100 million fundraising goal.

Ontario, 2011

Community funds

With grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 Bell can help fund charitable programs and projects to help make a difference in the lives of people living with mental health issues.

Ami-Québec - Montréal, QC

The program supported by the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund includes 10 workshops to enhance caregivers' resilience. Face-to-face workshops allow caregivers to share their experiences and experiment with new skills and strategies. Despite the abundance of information available nowadays, face-to-face contact and discussion remain an effective way to learn. The improvement of skills and acquisition of knowledge are expected to alleviate some of the burden caregivers experience.

Quebec, 2016

Déclic - Montréal, QC

Serving a clientele of young adults with learning challenges and related problems, Déclic is a collective enterprise that provides services to support schooling and social integration. Every year, Déclic offers psychosocial assistance, counselling, coaching and therapy to some 75 individuals in an effort to support their reintegration and continued adult education. And thanks to the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund , Déclic will work with school groups, providing mental health counselling and anxiety management activities to support educational achievement. For the most part, these young people with complex psychosocial profiles don't have access to the care and assistance needed to understand, manage and treat their mental health problems through public services.

Quebec, 2016

D'un couvert à l'autre - Montréal, QC

With support from the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund, the proposed program will allow individuals using the organization's services to discuss their experiences with special education and social work students from a number of Québec CEGEPs. In addition to benefiting future mental health workers, this exercise will also allow participants to gain a better understanding of the disease and a greater self-awareness – key components of recovery.

Quebec, 2016

Fondation du CSSS Cavendish - Montréal, QC

Participe-présent is an innovative program that promotes mental health for seniors through social participation. The program is intended for a population under-served by traditional programs: seniors grappling with mental health issues, living in isolation and social exclusion. With support from the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund, the goal is to promote the use of community resources and services providing opportunities for seniors to enjoy fulfilling social contact and activities. The program offers participants individual meetings to determine their interests, a group workshop, as well as tours of community organizations. The thought-provoking and interactive workshops cover topics such as assertive communication, citizen participation and financial management. After the project is completed, a facilitation kit will be made available in both official languages, complete with all the necessary tools and tips to help other organizations offer the program to seniors in their regions.

Quebec, 2016

Logis Rose-Virginie - Montréal, QC

Support from the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund for specialized training will have a significant impact on the ongoing skills development of Logis Rose-Virginie representatives. The program provided by Institut Victoria over a three-year period aims to better equip representatives dealing with personality disorders and improve their therapeutic interventions with those suffering from mental illness, which is a major issue among the homeless clientele.

Quebec, 2016

Le Rebond, an alternative mental health resource in the La Petite-Patrie neighbourhood - Montréal, QC

The front-line service and community support project, Accueil et soutien communautaire, will provide an individualized plan for people with mental health problems within the Petite-Patrie/Villeray district. This joint initiative is based on the active participation of certain Le Rebond members who will provide attentive, hands-on support and referrals to each and every person the organization assists. Thanks to the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund, these members will receive appropriate training to acquire the skills to ensure that the project runs smoothly. A network of partnerships with other organizations will be developed to facilitate access to the resources required to meet individual needs (health, lodging, employment, civic engagement, etc.). Internet access will further facilitate their efforts. In the first year, this initiative hopes to reach 350 people.

Quebec, 2016

Les Impatients - Montréal, QC

Thanks to the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund, Les Impatients will finally be able to open an art workshop dedicated to people with mental health issues in Sorel, with additional support from the Fondation Hôtel-Dieu de Sorel. Bell's generous donation gives the project stability by ensuring its sustainability for two years. This makes a huge difference in starting up a workshop. In addition to helping direct participants, the support from the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund gives the Sorel community the opportunity to rally around the shared goal of helping people with mental health problems and creating beauty. The Les Impatients organization has been fulfilling its mission of providing support, through artistic expression, to people with mental health issues for the past 25 years.

Quebec, 2016

Revivre - Montréal, QC

Pursuing its mission of helping people with anxiety, depression or bipolar disorders and their families, Revivre has designed self-care workshops that are now available in eight regions of Québec. These workshops, considered by many to be true social innovations, aim to help people regain control of their health. The Bell Let's Talk Community Fund grant will be used to train workers and professionals who work for mental health non-profit organizations. They will subsequently be able to offer the J'avance! self-care workshops in their region. That's two more regions whose populations will have access to the workshops, for a total of 10 regions served in Québec. Support from Bell Let's Talk will help Revivre achieve two milestones: the 2,000th participant in the workshops and the 25th city served – all coinciding with the organization's 25th anniversary.

Quebec, 2016

Tel-Aide - Montréal, QC

Tel-Aide provides a free telephone listening service that is confidential and anonymous, in English and French, 24/7. Over the past 45 years, Tel-Aide listeners, all volunteers, have responded to more than one million calls from people in distress having a need to talk confidentially. A lack of funding has rendered the tools completely obsolete and Bell’s funding will help modernize the telephone equipment and make a significant improvement for volunteer listeners who are listening day and night.

Quebec, 2016

Village des Sources l’Étoile Filante – Cap-Egmont, PEI

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will support half the cost for 75 adult youth workers and French-language teachers of grades 5–12 students to take an intensive 14-hour Mental Health First Aid course enabling them to better deal with young people suffering from a variety of issues, ranging from substance abuse, eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, depression and self harm. The Centre is a non-profit organization that offers social and personal development camps during the school year to students attending French schools across the province.

Atlantic, 2016

Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services – Gander, NL

The Association will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to train first responders to provide Critical Incident Stress Management training. The focus will be on members working on the west coast of Newfoundland from Pasadena to Port Aux Basque and up the Northern Peninsula. In this region, first responders often work in isolation from services that can help them overcome post-traumatic stress disorder and other related effects of their work.

Atlantic, 2016

Partners for Youth – Fredericton, NB

In an effort to increase awareness and reduce stigma, this organization will invest the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant in its Youth Leadership in Action for Mental Health program. This involves student-led teams in numerous schools who work with a program co-ordinator to design and implement an awareness campaign related to youth mental health. As well as raising awareness broadly, this initiative also provides participants with social action knowledge and leadership skills that are transferable to many other activities throughout their lives.

Atlantic, 2016

PEI Family Violence Prevention Services – Charlottetown, PEI

As well as enabling the updating of support materials, the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will allow the creation of 2 additional support groups in outreach regions across the province as part of the organization’s services which include emergency shelters, a crisis hotline and public education. The new groups will augment a roster of support for women, providing much-needed peer support and content from experts who address topics such as healthy relationships, self esteem, boundaries, communication and the law.

Atlantic, 2016

Partners for Care – Halifax/Dartmouth, NS

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will support a new project co-ordinator to better integrate the work of the Back to Our Roots Urban Farm into the therapeutic program at the Nova Scotia Hospital. The farm uses gardening to promote physical, mental and environmental health in hospital patients as well as providing flowers and vegetables to other parts of the hospital.

Atlantic, 2016

Seniors Resource Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador – St. John’s, NL

As part of its mandate to promote the independence and well-being of older persons throughout the province, the Centre will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to develop a 2-day workshop and follow-up webinar series for peer support volunteers. These sessions will eliminate misconceptions and stereotypes by providing accurate information on mental health issues and available support services and resources designed specifically for older people.

Atlantic, 2016

Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will enable this organization – which protects and promotes the mental health of post-secondary student athletes across Canada – to train almost 450 coaches and athletes in universities across Atlantic Canada in a variety of suicide prevention therapies. This is an extension of the organization’s work to not only eliminate stigma through educational programming, but also to provide communities with tangible life-saving skills now.

Atlantic, 2016

The Pottle Centre – St. John’s, NL

A drop-in social and recreational centre for adults who need mental health services, the Pottle Centre will use its Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to fill a critical gap in staff training, especially in areas such as addictions and concurrent disorders, violence, grief and trauma. Currently, all of the Centre’s funds go to serving its clientele with a variety of free services, ranging from fitness classes and cultural and sports activities to organized games and outings such as movie trips.

Atlantic, 2016

Eating Disorders Nova Scotia– Dartmouth, NS

To battle the ongoing scourge of eating disorders, Eating Disorders Nova Scotia will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to deliver training to peer support groups in three additional communities in the province: Bridgewater, Antigonish and Kentville. The organization’s peer support groups reduce isolation, build healthy coping skills and encourage people to seek help in a safe, supportive environment.

Atlantic, 2016

Northern Integrated Cultures with the Environment, Territoires du nord-ouest

A culturally relevant program of Northern Integrated Cultures with the Environment (Northern ICE), this Bell-supported initiative provides mental health intervention for at-risk indigenous youth, members of the Tulita Dene band, to prevent violence, suicide and addictions. It is an intensive month-long program that helps youth explore their own strengths and connect more positively to the land and the traditional Dene way of life.

Northern-Canada, 2016

AGIR en santé mentale – Québec

Thanks in part to Bell Let’s Talk funding, this organization – an umbrella group of 37 agencies across Québec – will offer 15 of its member organizations training in EMILIA (Empowerment of Mental Illness Service users through Life-long learning and Integration Action). As a result, significantly more people will have both theoretical and hands-on training in fighting stigma and creating support networks at the community level, based on a new model of learning already adopted in a dozen other countries.

Quebec, 2016

Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale (AQRP) – Québec City, QC

To address a gap in support for people who hear voices, the AQRP will earmark Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop and disseminate two-day training sessions for those who deal with those so challenged. The aim is to train trainers to reach out to as many as 24 more groups across the province. As well, the Association, which has about 400 corporate members, plans to organize a plenary conference to raise awareness of the plight of those who hear voices.

Quebec, 2016

Centre de prévention du suicide 02 – Chicoutimi, QC

Since the suicide rate of men is 4 times that of women, this Bell Let’s Talk-funded program focuses on supporting men in relationship crisis who are particularly vulnerable in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and the Chapais-Chibougamau regions. The organization’s staff and volunteers will emphasize defusing the crisis and providing follow-up counselling, enabling the men to develop new personal and social skills as well as the willingness to seek assistance.

Quebec, 2016

Siloam Mission – Winnipeg, MB

Siloam Mission's programs assist clients to move forward in their lives through goal setting, weekly meetings and other support. The Mission’s emergency services keep people alive and their transition services help people live up to their potential by supporting their access to mental health resources. They will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to train front line support staff and select members of the volunteer and client community to assist these individuals, of which there are about 135 on the caseload at any given time.

Prairies, 2016

YWCA Peterborough Haliburton – Peterborough, ON

To better serve clients at its abused women’s shelter who suffer from mental illness, the YWCA will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to train staff. Working with the Canadian Mental Health Association, the training will enable the organization to increase the availability, level and scope of services in the community, proactively ensuring greater access to direct care for these vulnerable women. It will focus in particular on breaking the stigma that so often keeps these women from seeking help.

Ontario, 2016

Victim Services Toronto – Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support training and equipment for Toronto’s first trauma dog program to help reduce the impact of trauma on children's mental health. Of the 20,000 people Victim Services Toronto helps each year, more than 7,000 are children. The trauma dog and a trained handler will support children under the age of 17 who have witnessed or been involved in traumatic and/or violent events. Research shows that trauma dogs can significantly reduce anxiety and stress and ultimately mitigate the effects of trauma.

Ontario, 2016

TAIBU Community Health Centre – Scarborough (ON)

With Bell Let’s Talk funding, TAIBU intends to expand its current suite of services with community-based, easily accessible and culturally appropriate psychological and psychotherapy services. Specifically, the grant will enable improved intake assessment producing an individualized and comprehensive care and follow-up plan as well as a telemedicine service for clients who have difficulty getting to the Centre.

Ontario, 2016

St. Stephen’s Community Housing – Toronto, ON

St. Stephen’s serves about 25,000 vulnerable people in downtown Toronto with housing and counselling, including more than 1,500 youth at risk. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the organization to hire two youth workers who will co-ordinate outreach into community schools, organizing the bundle of services for the youth clients (housing, employment, academic support) and following up to make sure the clients attend all appointments so they can overcome their mental health challenges.

Ontario, 2016

St. Joseph’s Health Care London – London, ON

With a special focus on helping senior citizens living with mental illness and aboriginal communities from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula, this institution will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support the training of community clinicians in proven problem-solving therapy. The grant will also help in the development of a user-friendly problem-solving workbook that allows the client to monitor their depressive symptoms and actively engage in their own recovery, supporting ongoing mental health vitality to help members of these often isolated demographics.

Ontario, 2016

Smiths Falls & District Centre for Youth – Smiths Falls, ON

The Centre will invest the Bell Let’s Talk grant in safeTALK training for 1,500 youths, enabling them to become suicide-alert helpers, able to recognize early signs of people with suicidal thoughts and equipped to help them find the right support. The agency will also implement mental health first aid awareness campaigns to make 2 school boards, 5 communities and 23 schools more aware of and safer from suicide.

Ontario, 2016

ROCK – Burlington, ON

To fill an identified gap in mental health services for young people in Acton and Georgetown, this agency will us Bell Let’s Talk funding to expand its successful Youth Aiding Youth program to reach more children aged 6-12. Specifically, that means at least doubling the number of schools in which they operate their regular social skills groups during classroom hours plus adding another evening group to help address children who are experiencing challenges including ADHD, social anxiety, autism, behavioural concerns and bullying.

Ontario, 2016

Upstream Ottawa – Ottawa, ON

Upstream Ottawa provides intensive mental health case management with a family focus to those suffering from severe and persistent mental illness, serving about 70 clients a year. With the Bell Let’s Talk grant, they will hire a person to design and implement a volunteer network to relieve clinical staff of the need to help clients with non-clinical activities such as giving rides to medical/rehab appointments or grocery shopping, routine tasks that can consume up to 30% of clinicians’ time.

Ontario, 2016

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre – Little Current, ON

An agency that supports the health of Anishinabek and Aboriginal communities on Manitoulin Island, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to support an additional day a week for a child and youth worker to provide clinical assessments, counselling and referral services at the Centre as well as work in the community to promote and educate about wholistic health practices with individuals and other community agencies.

Ontario, 2016

Madison Community Services – Toronto, ON

A mental health agency that provides housing and support programs, Madison is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to expand its RISE (recovery during immigration and settlement) program. Specifically the grant will enable Madison to make its Arabic and Farsi-speaking case managers available 5 days a week as the agency copes with the recent influx of refugees from the war-torn Middle East, many of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ontario, 2016

Canadian Bipolar Association – North Vancouver, BC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the Association to provide training to more peer supporters throughout the province, putting them through a rigorous 2-month course to learn communications and problem-solving techniques and effective coping strategies with which they can help other clients better balance their wellness and improve their methods of self-management.

British Columbia, 2016

Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region – Calgary, AB

CMHA Calgary plans to use Bell Let’s Talk funding to help launch a Peer Support Navigator network to address its growing and increasingly complex intake workload. The Peer Support Navigators, people living successfully with mental illness, can quickly connect with underserved and disconnected individuals, using their own experience to establish trust, and their knowledge of the healthcare supports available to guide those in need to the most effective recovery path. This also builds self-confidence among the Navigators.

Prairies, 2016

Fort McMurray Public School District #2833 – Fort McMurray, AB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a program to provide mental health training in schools in the district. Specifically, it will provide basic training in cognitive behaviour therapy and implementation of the FRIENDS program to more than a dozen school counsellors and classroom teachers. The grant will also enable the District to train secondary school students in peer mentorship.

Prairies, 2016

Manitoba Schizophrenia Society – Winnipeg, MB

After successfully piloting a program to address the needs of people who hear voices in their heads – a common symptom of schizophrenia – the Society will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to extend its Voice Hearers Support Program. This includes three 10-week sessions to help hearers learn coping strategies and a bi-weekly support group to break down the isolation these individuals often feel.

Prairies, 2016

Jewish Child and Family Service – Winnipeg, MB

This agency serves many clients with various mental health differences who, while living on their own, would benefit from learning and expanding their skills with daily tasks such as grocery shopping and taking transit. The Bell Let’s Talk community Fund grant will enable the program to hire a mental health community support worker who will provide one-on-one support for those individuals by reaching out to serve them in their homes or in the community, wherever the need is greatest.

Prairies, 2016

Inspire Community Outreach Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

Inspire works with youth to build their skills and confidence through a variety of programs including therapeutic self expression, cooking and physical activity. With the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant, the organization will be able to offer 8 creative expression classes to 4 different populations of youth facing or at-risk for developing mental health challenges. They will work with children and teens who participate in Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, VOICES Manitoba Youth in Care, the Winnipeg School Division and Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba.

Prairies, 2016

Eastman Safety Training Centre – Steinbach, MB

The Centre, which offers corporate and community first aid and safety training, will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to launch the first free Mental Health First Aid training classes in southeast Manitoba.

Prairies, 2016

Artists in Healthcare Manitoba – Selkirk, MB

To further expand its highly successful art and music programs at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre, Artists in Healthcare will use its Bell Let's Talk Community Fund grant to support a dance/movement therapist and expansion of the music and art mentorship program.

Prairies, 2016

Artbeat Studio Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

Artbeat provides free studio and gallery space with mentorship, to promote recovery and empowerment through artistic expression for people with mental illness. With the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant, Artbeat Studio will expand its current residency program by implementing performing and literary arts and promotion of poets throughout Northern and rural Manitoba. Artbeat’s music program providing live performances and career opportunities in a supportive environment will also be expanded.

Prairies, 2016

Westcoast Family Centres – Vancouver, BC

As part of its mandate to help parents gain better skills, this group will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to mount a series of Kids Have Stress Too! workshops for parents whose children aged 2 to 8 may be exhibiting anxiety and worrying behaviours. The funding will support the hiring of a facilitator and two child minders for each 3-hour session to be offered around the lower mainland.

British Columbia, 2016

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society – Victoria, BC

In its work to assist in the settlement and adjustment of newcomers to Canada, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to hire an Assessment Coordinator who will assess clients and refer them to the appropriate branch of the Immigrant and Refugee Wellness Centre. This person will also train frontline workers from 3 other organizations to recognize trauma in their clients and know when to refer them for assessment.

British Columbia, 2016

UNITY Charity – Northern Alberta

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the Northern Alberta First Nation Express Your Stress Arts Educational Program. This is a series of school-based programs focused on mental health messaging, specifically on anxiety, depression, awareness, and stigma. The 10-day program will be in schools and community spaces in Fort McMurray, Janvier, Anzac, Fort Chipewyan and Fort McKay. It will target young people from 10 to 18 years old with a 2-day program in each community, including school assembles and artistic development workshops.

Prairies, 2016

The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords – North Battleford, SK

The Lighthouse serves approximately 500 vulnerable people a year, providing emergency shelter, transitional suites and a community kitchen. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a new Aboriginal Peer Support Worker who will guide individuals through the process of staying at the shelter and finding the right mental health support, as well as working with other community organizations to co-ordinate effective mental health care and recovery beyond the shelter.

Prairies, 2016

Grand River Hospital – Kitchener, ON

Children with dual diagnosis – for instance both a developmental and a mental health disorder – present a difficult challenge even in a well-respected children’s mental health unit such as the Grand River Hospital. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will support a year-long pilot project in which outside specialists will be brought in to develop individual behavioural plans for challenging patients and to work with full-time staff as coach and consultant.

Ontario, 2016

Gerstein Crisis Centre – Toronto, ON

To augment its work with people in crisis, the Gerstein Crisis Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to introduce a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), a proven peer-led program in which individuals work together to design their own recovery plans, incorporating physical activity as a core strategy. The grant will cover 5 groups in the 8-week program, providing benefits to 75 young people.

Ontario, 2016

Fairview Mennonite Home – Cambridge, ON

Fairview houses more than 300 seniors in various levels of retirement living. To improve its services, the Home will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to provide 360 Degrees of Wellness training including Mental Health First Aid, to both staff and residents so that residents can, when possible, manage their own mental health challenges with the support of the knowledgeable staff.

Ontario, 2016

Le Havre, groupe d’aide et d’entraide en santé mentale – Thetford Mines, QC

Many people suffering from mental disorders in the MRC des Appalaches need support to develop skills that will enable them to once again be part of the labour market. To address this, Le Havre is augmenting its existing services with a Bell Let’s Talk-funded project that is enabling participants to design, create and sell a range of handicrafts. This enables them to develop or re-discover basic skills, plus learn new interpersonal, business and marketing skills and acquire more self-esteem as their products find success in the market.

Quebec, 2016

CDFM huron-wendat – Wendake, QC

CDFM is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop a comprehensive and sustained wellness and prevention program to supplement the psycho-educational services it offers to francophone First Nations students. The focus is on equipping clients with the skills to take care of themselves and their families and to provide them the information they need to recognize the signs of mental illness and where and how to ask for help.

Quebec, 2016

Fondation Santé Nicolet-Bécancour-Yamaska – Nicolet, QC

With Bell Let’s Talk funding and the collaboration of the renowned Douglas Mental Health Institute , the Foundation is supporting a new peer support person, someone who has experienced mental health challenges and who is able to mentor others in overcoming their issues. This person will also be a key liaison among health agencies in the local service network ensuring that the resources of all partners and community organizations in the territory are available to those who need them.

Quebec, 2016

Fondation Hôtel-Dieu d’Arthabaska – Victoriaville, QC

To address the needs of patients suffering from borderline personality disorder, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to create a specialized outpatient clinic, staffed by 2 full-time clinicians offering dialectical behavioural therapy. Initially, the clinic would benefit 2 groups of 20 patients a week but over time all members of the Department of Psychiatry will be trained to ensure the support offered by the hospital is able to meet the demand from the community.

Quebec, 2016

Fondation du CSSS de La Côte-de-Gaspé – Gaspé, QC

This funding will enable the creation of a therapeutic arts program focused on photography. Each year, 10 participants – each of them challenged by mental health issues – will learn to express themselves through photography. The program will not only build self-confidence and create new relationships, it will also raise broader awareness of mental illness across the community through an annual public exhibition of the work of those taking part.

Quebec, 2016

Fondation de la santé de Rivière-du-Loup – Rivière-du-Loup, QC

To better support the recovery and re-integration of people with mental health issues into the community, the Foundation is establishing an intervention centre geared at youth aged 14-28 experiencing their first psychosis episode outside of the hospital walls. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support clinical tools targeted to their particular needs.

Quebec, 2016

D’un couvert à l’autre (DCL) – Longueuil, QC

DCL has helped or is currently helping more than 200 individuals with schizophrenia to integrate into society. With its Bell Let’s Talk grant, the organization is tripling the collaboration it sponsors between people with schizophrenia and social work students in community colleges in the area. This not only helps those with schizophrenia to gain confidence in social settings, it also gives the students real-life insight into the challenges those sufferers face.

Quebec, 2016

Corporation le Zéphir Chibougamau-Chapais Inc. – Chibougamau, QC

The organization will augment its already broad range of services to those with mental disorders by creating 3 groups in the region of Nord-du-Québec to support those who hear voices. Through expert-led sessions, supported by peers with similar experiences, participants will learn strategies to tame the voices and improve their self-esteem and confidence. This will also raise the profile of the affliction and serve to reduce the stigma that surrounds it.

Quebec, 2016

Centretien de Nicolet et Régions – Nicolet, QC

In an initiative to both help people with mental illness develop their potential and raise awareness in the general public, this organization is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to launch a program in which participants explore their mental illness experience through photography. The public exhibit they prepare will be educational for them and help them gain insight into their own challenges. Plus, the exhibit will be an ongoing outreach tool to open up the conversation about mental health with the larger community.

Quebec, 2016

CÉPOP - Centre d’écoinitiatives populaires – Magog, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding is being used to hire a counsellor/trainer to develop a fully rounded horticultural therapy program to promote social integration and self-worth for clients of the Centre. The program includes a garden design suitable for people of different levels of need. The new program will augment the Centre’s initiatives in helping people with a variety of mental health problems through the operation of a garden park, an urban greenhouse and a community cafeteria and catering service.

Quebec, 2016

Point de Rue – Trois-Rivières, QC

This Bell Let’s Talk grant is enabling this organization to fund an outreach street worker to better access homeless people in the city who also have a range of mental disorders. These people are often unwilling or unable to proactively make use of the resources available in Trois-Rivières and must be guided into supportive situations such as Point de Rue’s soup kitchen or the more specialized services of a psychiatric team that is partnered with the program.

Quebec, 2016

Service d’Intégration au Travail de la Mauricie – Trois-Rivières, QC

Currently the organization provides employment opportunities for 200 people living with mental illness in the Mauricie region, largely through recovery and recycling of metals and the manufacture and sale of stained glass. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the hiring of an additional social worker to increase the number of job opportunities on offer and to augment the number of partner companies who will provide places for clients to re-integrate into the community.

Quebec, 2016

Tel-Aide Outaouais – Gatineau, QC

The volunteers who staff this help line answer 8.033 calls a year, providing information and referrals to francophones in the Ottawa-Gatineau region for 16 hours a day, 365 days a year. To address an apparent rise in anxiety disorders among young adults, the organization is using Bell Let’s Talk funding for outreach, specifically to offer 60 staff members at the Centre Nouvel-Horizon and Centre l’Escale training in detection and early intervention for young adults mental health.

Quebec, 2016

Distress Centre Oakville – Oakville, ON

The volunteers at this agency staff 2 call centres and handle about 1,100 crisis calls and texts a month for people in Halton Region suffering from loneliness and emotional stress. They will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to upgrade their systems to expand their confidential, no-cost service to better handle the growing population base.

Ontario, 2016

Essex Windsor EMS – Windsor, ON

To improve the standard of care for first responders in Windsor and Essex County, this organization will invest Bell Let’s Talk funds in a pilot project to ensure mental health is a significant element of the care provided to those who respond to life and death situations regularly as part of their job. The project will ensure that all peer support activities are overseen by a mental health professional to ensure that the support adheres to best practices in early intervention and that help is readily available for more severe cases.

Ontario, 2016

Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation – Cornwall, ON

To make the most of the city’s new Addiction and Mental Health Centre – which opens in the fall of 2016 to provide a single point of access for those experiencing addiction or mental health issues – the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop and implement a family-inclusive model of care, the first of its kind in eastern Ontario. As well, the hospital will establish a train-the-trainer program to improve the skills of volunteers.

Ontario, 2016

Connecting Women with Scarborough Services – Tides Canada – Scarborough, ON

This organization – a partnership of community agencies that provides a co-ordinated approach to addressing violence against women – is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to hire staff to extend its services to 2 underserviced areas of Scarborough and to make services more accessible for women who often find themselves isolated by violence. The initiative focuses on enhancing access to mental health services through a coordinated service intake model and training for frontline staff throughout the city.

Ontario, 2016

Canadian Mental Health Association – Thunder Bay Branch – Thunder Bay, ON

CMHA Thunder Bay will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to implement the next step in their adoption of the Coaching Outside the Box model for staff and administration so they can better serve their 500 clients. Specifically, the grant will enable the organization to train 10 employees in this model, a proven method of improving overall communication and the ability to resolve conflicts, thus enhancing team dynamics by focusing on accountability and solutions.

Ontario, 2016

Children’s Aid Foundation – Toronto, ON

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will support a pilot project to provide 50 young clients of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto with Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which has proven effective in managing symptoms such as anxiety and depression, especially in trauma-related cases. Without this support, the Society has no money to provide this therapy, which involves 8-12 weeks of private specialized counselling designed to help the youths overcome the trauma and be positioned for future success.

Ontario, 2016

Child and Family Centre – Sudbury, ON

As the lead child and youth mental health agency for the Sudbury-Manitoulin District, the CFC offers a wide variety of services, including a walk-in centre. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the agency to expand the walk-in service to more rural communities to better meet the needs of under-served populations, including francophones and First Nations people. Funding will cover staff training and promotion of the service to raise awareness.

Ontario, 2016

Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) – National

CRE builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth aged 14 to 29 through exchanges, conferences, workshops and leadership training programs. Bell Let’s Talk funding will cover Mental Health first Aid training costs for 25 youth leaders of CRE’s national Youth Reconciliation Initiative that they will then deliver in 11 workshops across the country including to remote and fly-in First Nations communities and to 250 participants at the organization’s annual national conference in Winnipeg.

Ontario, 2016

Big Brother Big Sisters of South West Durham – Pickering, ON

With the support of Bell Let’s Talk, this organization will hire a social worker to develop and deliver 10 distinct training sessions for frontline mentors whose mandate is to facilitate positive mental health in the children the agency serves. The training will emphasize topics such as identifying early signs/symptoms of mental illness, reducing stigma, coping skills, positive personal development and community resources.

Ontario, 2016

VALPABEM – Val d’Or

This organization works to co-ordinate treatment for those with mental disorders and support for their family caregivers. This Bell Let’s Talk grant will fund workshops for young children plus offering the parents their own workshops with advice and information on the disorder at the same time and place so that both child and parent are learning the same strategies simultaneously. 

Quebec, 2016

Centre de Rétablissement le Renfort – Alma, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable this group to add a staff person to focus on enhancing its program to improve the self-management of depression. This person will spearhead workshops in each of the three regions covered by the Centre to address key self-care issues such as anxiety, depression, bi-polarity and self-esteem. Overall, the Centre provides transitional housing and crisis beds, family support and help with integration into society and job placement.

Quebec, 2016

Hawkesbury & District General Hospital Foundation - Hawkesbury, ON

In an initiative to reduce the waiting list for psychiatric services at the hospital, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to deploying Beating the Blues software. This computer and multi-media technology enables patients feeling stressed, anxious or depressed to access online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions where they can learn strategies to help them better cope in the short term. The Foundation estimates Beat the Blues will reduce the waiting list for therapists by 16%.

Ontario, 2014

Community Mental Health Initiative - Corner Brook, NL

This project will focus on enhancing opportunities for 120 individuals within the Corner Brook, Deer Lake and Bay of Islands area to attend training in mental health and suicide prevention. Bell funding will enable CMHI to buy manuals for 3 programs – Mental Health First Aid, Tattered Teddies and Straight Talk – and then, through its own certified counsellors, deliver the programs for free to parents, youth workers, family resource centres and community groups.

Atlantic, 2014

Alzheimer’s Society of Prince Edward Island - Charlottetown, PE

With its Bell Let’s Talk funding, the Society will add an educational module on stigma, depression and dementia to its First Link education series. The module will focus on those suffering from dementia as well as their caregivers, both of which often experience stigma because of their illness. The module will include information brochures for families and caregivers plus presentations and web-based material for the broadest possible distribution.

Atlantic, 2014

Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo

Wilfrid Laurier University will introduce an expanded 5 step mental health project to students to support their mental health as they study and learn. Some of the project elements include a train the trainer program and Mental Health First Aid so that teachers, support staff and students can work together in supporting the needs of their community. The program will also offer students the opportunity to learn more about the stigma around mental illness and to promote awareness.

Ontario, 2012

Miramichi Community Suicide Prevention Committee - Miramichi, NB

Miramichi Community Suicide Prevention Committee aims to provide free and accessible SafeTALK training to four First Nations community members in order to increase access to care and reduce stigma associated with suicide. SafeTALK is a 3 hour training program that provides suicide awareness for everyone in the community who attends the training. This tool will alert them to the warning signs indicating risk of suicide and get help for the person at risk.

Atlantic, 2013

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Psychology Clinic - Toronto, ON

The Ontario Institute for Studied in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto offers a large teacher education program and graduate programs in education and related fields. Their project aims to provide children's mental health services by consulting with Aboriginal run schools in Northern Ontario communities beginning with Pikangikum, a remote fly-in community with one of the highest rates of youth suicide.

Ontario, 2013

University of Victoria - Victoria, BC

Recognizing the unique nature of First Nations cultures, the University is working to adapt the successful anti-bullying program, WITS (Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help), so that it is sensitive and relevant to Aboriginal youth. Bell Let’s Talk funds will help the University engage 30 First Nations communities in creating and piloting modified training modules and resource materials as well as ensuring the WITS website accurately reflects First Nations traditions.

British Columbia, 2014

Second Opinion Society - Whitehorse, YT

The Society is creating a distress phone line to provide crisis support and referral assistance. This line will be available through a toll-free number sponsored by Northwestel, making it accessible throughout the territory and open for calls nightly from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support screening and training of phone line volunteers, including the development of culturally sensitive training materials focused on the demographics of the territory in addition to Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

Northern-Canada, 2014

Canadian Mental Health Association - Kelowna and District - Kelowna, BC

The globally recognized WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) program, which teaches recovery and self-management skills and strategies for dealing with psychiatric symptoms, is coming to Kelowna thanks to the local CMHA and funding support from Bell Let’s Talk. CMHA Kelowna will train peer mentors and staff with lived experience and, over the next year, facilitate WRAP sessions within its own support networks and for community members who are connected with clinical mental health services and are interested in psycho-social recovery.

British Columbia, 2014

Community Connections Society of Southeast BC - Cranbrook, BC

To create a comprehensive counter-suicide resource for the community, the Society will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to create a Cranbrook Suicide Community Response Protocol. This will gather in one place a directory of key contacts of community organizations equipped to support family and friends who have been affected by a suicide in their circle. It will also include an agreed-upon path to follow in crisis situations, a who’s who of where services are and how to access support as it also raises awareness of the issues and potential solutions.

British Columbia, 2014

Creating Homefulness Society (Woodwynn Farms) - Saanichton, BC

The Society operates A Hand Up: A Growing Therapeutic Community, a working farm where 12 formerly homeless, high-risk individuals learn transferable skills by participating in the various chores around the farm operation. While in residence, the clients receive not only skills training but also 3 meals a day and holistic health support in a drug- and alcohol-free environment. They work side by side with a variety of volunteers, building a true mutual-support community as they tend livestock, work the garden or complete any number of other chores.

British Columbia, 2014

Mood Disorders Association of BC - Vancouver, BC

With help from its Bell Let’s Talk funding, the Association will create a mental health wellness centre focused on seniors, offering a full service, one-stop-shopping experience for all patients and their families. In partnership with outside experts, the Association will provide a number of services, including cognitive behavioural therapy, nutrition counselling, exercise and fitness, meditation and Yoga, and financial planning. It will also improve its online presence, adding more links to self-help tools, podcasts and other information.

British Columbia, 2014

Royal Inland Hospital Foundation - Kamloops, BC

As part of its JUMP (Jubilee Urban Movement and Partners) initiative, the hospital will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support the delivery of 100 2-hour workshops over the next year. Led by experts certified in mental health, life-skills training and art therapies, these workshops will give people with depression of all ages a better idea of what options are available for them to resolve socio-economic, health, self-esteem, family and relationship issues that contribute to their chronic and acute depression.

British Columbia, 2014

The Creative Spark - Canmore, AB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support an early intervention project that works to inspire youth to build dreams they can believe in and bolster their emotional strength. Over the course of 3 90-minute sessions, students who are struggling with psychological issues and/or difficult home environments participate in unique hands-on creative activities, each combining at least two mental wellness skills. Working with art and storytelling, students are encouraged to find creative ways to solve real life challenges and develop basic life skills.

Prairies, 2014

University of Alberta - Edmonton, AB

With a vision to create an online hub for student mental health, the University will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to help transform its current network of mental health and student service websites into an outstanding interactive resource base that will provide better service and foster a more supportive campus community. The hub – designed with student input to ensure its relevance – will feature self-help resources, toolkits and information about mental health and wellness, platforms for de-stigmatization and other campaigns.

Prairies, 2014

Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region - Calgary, AB

CMHA -Calgary is expanding its offerings with the launch of the specialized Your Recovery Journey workshop series, supported by Bell Let’s Talk funding. This proven peer-to-peer program focuses on self-directed goal setting, illness management, self care and personal action planning. The project not only provides ongoing support to those who have just finished clinical care, it also creates a new network of expert peer facilitators and raises broader awareness of mental health issues in the community.

Prairies, 2014

Canadian Mental Health Association - North and West Vancouver Branch - North Vancouver, BC

With the intent of showing the wider community that it is possible to run a successful business by hiring people with lived experience of mental illness, this branch of the CMHA will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to support the opening of a BLENZ franchise coffee shop in the new Hope Centre for Psychiatry and Education at Lions Gate Hospital. Employing people with mental illness as baristas, and with a varied clientele, the café will make a strong and ongoing anti-stigma statement.

British Columbia, 2014

Brandon University - Brandon, MB

Using the grant from Bell Let’s Talk, the university will hire a coordinator to lead a complete assessment of the institution’s strengths and weaknesses related to student mental health. In addition, this new resource will work with students, administrators and professional caregivers to lead initiatives to close identified gaps, implement a broad awareness and anti-stigma campaign, and publicize resources that support students experiencing mental health issues.

Prairies, 2014

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society - Kelowna Branch - Kelowna, BC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the society to offer 6 support programs for those living with mental illness. Two are B.R.I.D.G.E.S. (building recovery of individual dreams and goals through education and support) – free 10-week sessions teaching those recently diagnosed how to be active in their own treatment and recovery. The other 4 are 6-week Your Recovery Journey programs designed to give participants the tools they need to manage their own symptoms and treatment, and gain a sense of belonging to avoid relapse.

British Columbia, 2014

Toronto Public Library Foundation - Toronto, ON

In an effort to reduce stigma and improve access to care for library users, Toronto Public Health, Streets to Homes and the Toronto Public Library operate an outreach project that enables professional health providers and social workers to directly connect with these individuals in the library. Our Bell Let's Talk community funding will support a public health nurse to proactively engage with people who may be affected by mental health issues and to work with staff in the Toronto Reference / Yorkville library who often need guidance in responding effectively to patrons at risk.

Ontario, 2014

Trillium Health Partners Foundation - Mississauga, ON

Clinicians in the hospitals’ Mental Health Adolescent Program treat more than 900 young people a year. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the Foundation to train 10 full-time and 2 part-time staff in a proven form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. The therapy provides patients with strategies to improve their social functioning and effectively manage their tendencies to harm themselves or attempt suicide. The therapy has also proven to reduce burnout among staff.

Ontario, 2014

Community Counselling Alliance - Windsor-Essex, ON

Focused on providing immediate access to a counsellor to prevent people from going into crisis, the Community Counselling Alliance Initiative operates walk-in clinics in Windsor and Leamington. The Bell Let’s Talk community grant will enable the organization to open the clinics for an additional 2 days a week, providing better access to treatment and referrals for individuals of all ages.

Ontario, 2014

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health - Penetanguishene, ON

Waypoint will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support its new Integrated Concurrent Disorders Service which addresses the overwhelming demand for treatment for individuals who have both mental illness and substance use disorders. The program will include regional workshops in Orillia and Barrie, plus training for Waypoint allied staff and the development of an e-learning portal to provide online access to information and support.

Ontario, 2014

William Osler Health System Foundation - Brampton, ON

The Osler Health System has piloted a telephone advice service for doctors – called TAP-LINE – that enables family physicians to get expert support from Osler specialists for timely diagnoses and medical management of patients with mental illness. With the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant, the organization will expand the scope of the service throughout the regional integrated health network, developing communication materials and organizing physician visits to make all 500 family doctors in the region aware of TAP-LINE.

Ontario, 2014

Young People’s Theatre - Toronto, ON

As part of its work to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness, the Young People’s Theatre will use the Bell Let’s Talk funding to subsidize tickets so that low-income young people can attend performances of Emily’s Piano, a play that explores depression and stigma. The grant will also enable YPT to create study guides and deliver 10 in-school and community workshops aimed at students in grades 5 to 10.

Ontario, 2014

Youth Diversion Program - Kingston, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable this organization to deliver a 9-week-long skill-building program for families with children aged 12 to 16. The program, Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth, is an internationally recognized series that improves the child-parent bond. It has been proven to significantly reduce problem behaviours, delinquency and substance abuse while improving social skills and academic performance.

Ontario, 2014

YWCA Elm Centre - Toronto, ON

The YWCA Elm Centre is a 300-apartment community of permanent, affordable and supportive housing, with 150 units designated for women living with mental health issues, including 50 units for women with First Nations backgrounds. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support therapeutic programs, including salaries and supplies for art therapy and for an Aboriginal therapist as the Y works to reduce the residents’ feelings of isolation and marginalization.

Ontario, 2014

Sheena’s Place - Toronto, ON

Sheena's Place offers hope and support to individuals, families and friends affected by eating disorders through a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services. With its Bell Let’s Talk funding, the organization will develop a support program for men, an often-neglected sector of the population when it comes to eating disorders. The program will include weekly support groups and body image workshops as well as a targeted social media awareness campaign and proactive outreach to the gay, bisexual and trans communities.

Ontario, 2014

Stepping Stones Support Services - Bothwell, ON

Stepping Stones works to find employment for more than 700 clients who live on social assistance and who, in many cases, live with mental illnesses. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable them to train their front-line workers to deal more effectively with clients who, in addition to being under-educated and facing substance abuse issues, often have mental illness challenges. This training will ensure that local community staff will be better prepared to look for mental illness issues in their clients and refer them to the appropriate assistance.

Ontario, 2014

Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton - Hamilton, ON

With its Bell Let’s Talk grant, the Council will provide suicide prevention training to 1,500 first responders in the police, paramedic and fire services. These public servants are often the first to face people who may be suicidal. This training will teach the most appropriate actions to take when suicidal behaviors are a concern, to themselves, their colleagues or the people they serve. It includes advice on starting the conversation about suicide with those who are vulnerable and information on local resources they can tap into.

Ontario, 2014

North Bay Regional Health Centre - North Bay, ON

In an area that runs from James Bay to Bracebridge/Parry Sound and from Wawa to Mattawa, there have been only 10 early psychosis intervention (EPI) programs covering more than 273 communities. Bell funding will enable the Centre to implement an EPI Training Program which, at no cost to the service providers, will significantly increase the capacity for early identification and improve caregivers’ ability to make the appropriate referrals and support the recovery of affected individuals in their home communities.

Ontario, 2014

Pathstone Mental Health - Thorold, ON

As the only accredited provider of children's mental health treatment in the entire Niagara region, Pathstone will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to reach more children and youth in need. Specifically, the funding will enable Pathstone to deploy its mental health therapists to train more caregivers in behavioural, cognitive and supportive therapies, thus enabling the organization to offer more children guidance in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal skills.

Ontario, 2014

The Peer Project – Youth Assisting Youth - Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable this organization to expand its One-to-One Mentoring Program to the high needs community of Scarborough, through the focused work of a team that includes a staff social worker, a parent support worker and a volunteer recruiter. This will enable, among other things, more training for youth volunteers and a stepped-up intake and assessment process in which a social worker will visit each child’s home and provide families with referrals to specialized resources.

Ontario, 2014

Punjabi Community Health Services - Brampton, ON

In supporting the SAHARA BETI group, Bell funding will help at-risk South Asian girls coping with mental health issues and suicide tendencies. In addition to the normal stresses of growing up, South Asian girls may feel more vulnerable because of cultural conflicts with their parents and siblings. SAHARA BETI will provide counselling for girls, develop written and online material and organize public forums to inform and support all family members facing these challenges.

Ontario, 2014

Rainbow’s End Community Development Corporation - Hamilton, ON

Colours Café, at St. Joseph’s Health Care West 5th Campus, not only offers healthy food options to customers, it also provides fulfilling employment for 15 people living with mental illness and serves as a real-life stigma-defying model every day. To support this work, Bell Let’s Talk funding will buy more and better kitchen equipment to enable the café to offer more variety, plus it will be used to buy coffee-cup sleeves that carry an explicit anti-stigma message, raising awareness and keeping the conversation going.

Ontario, 2014

London Health Sciences Foundation - London, ON

Many people living with mental health issues are challenged to afford the day-to-day expenses they face to get their treatment, everything from bus tickets and taxi vouchers, to parking, meal costs, and paying for someone to watch the children while the parent is in treatment. The Foundation’s Mental Health Patient Assistance Program, supported by Bell Let’s Talk funding, addresses those needs in order to ensure patients can afford to continue their therapy without financial hardship.

Ontario, 2014

Mental Health Network of Chatham Kent - Chatham-Kent, ON

Through Hope House, the Mental Health Network of Chatham Kent provides 2 free meals daily to its clients, 99% of whom live below the poverty line and suffer from a mental illness. Just as important, in a program directly supported by Bell Let’s Talk, Hope House works with its clients to teach them to plan meals, budget, shop, prepare and store food as well as providing guidance in health and wellness and exercise programs. Even though many are too ill to prepare a whole meal on their own, they take pride in helping in the kitchen.

Ontario, 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services Incorporated - Waterloo Region, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support Temper Taming Together, a program focused on providing parents and children with skills and strategies to better regulate their emotions and improve parent-child attachment. Stronger family relationships have been shown to foster more positive developmental outcomes, including better mental health. The program addresses many mental health challenges, including impulse control, anxiety and attention deficit disorder.

Ontario, 2014

LOFT Community Services - York Region, ON

LOFT will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to increase housing and assisted living services for at-risk and homeless seniors with mental health and addiction issues in 6 northern communities of York Region. The funds will help provide low-income seniors with affordable housing, recreational activities and psycho-geriatric support to prevent unnecessary hospitalization and postpone institutionalized care. LOFT serves about 1,400 clients a year through its housing and support services and Mobile Support Teams.

Ontario, 2014

Urban Pardes - Montréal, QC

Urban Pardes develops educational and social integration programs for those living with mental illness. A founding partner of the Au Contraire Film Festival, which screens movies designed to change perceptions about mental health, Urban Pardes also pioneered a travelling program, taking those films to high schools in the Montréal area. With funding from Bell Let’s Talk, Urban Pardes will extend its travelling program, raising awareness of mental health issues and stigma in Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières and Québec City.

Quebec, 2014

Patros de Jonquière - Jonquiére, QC

As part of its work to reach out to people in their living environment, Patros de Jonquière will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding in its street work and the ongoing operation of its new Accueil Café, a downtown storefront designed to be a safe and supportive gathering place for adults with mental health challenges. The café enables people to break the isolation that often accompanies mental illness, connect with peers and receive informed referrals to organizations specializing in mental illnesses.

Quebec, 2014

Pivot Centre-du-Québec - Victoriaville, QC

Because work is a major determinant of health, this project seeks to develop the social and professional skills of people with severe mental health problems, as well as enabling them to learn positive work habits and skills. The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund will enable Pivot to expand its work integration workshops for people with serious mental health problems to 5 days a week from the current 2-3 days a week in Victoriaville.

Quebec, 2014

Refuge des Jeunes de Montréal - Montréal, QC

Bell Let's Talk funding supports adding a new counsellor for the day centre which supplements the Refuge’s evening and overnight work to help young men aged 17 to 25 who are homeless and struggling with mental illness and addictions. With this additional resource, who will also liaise with mental health experts at CHUM, Refuge expects to be able to help an additional 60 people a year (10% more than currently) as it bridges the gap between young people in serious distress and the help they need but in many cases don’t know about.

Quebec, 2014

Wapikoni Mobile - Montréal, QC

Named in memory of a young Atikamekw anti-suicide activist, Wapikoni Mobile travels across Québec offering support for Aboriginal youth at risk through workshops that enable them to find their voice through film and music. Its mobile studio has toured 25 remote communities, enabling 3,000 young people to produce more than 600 short films and more than 450 songs, many of which won awards. With the Bell Let’s Talk funds, Wapikoni will extend its workshops – which include a screening of the productions for the whole town – to 4 more communities.

Quebec, 2014

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies (CMS) - Toronto, ON

CMS and St. Joseph's Health Centre have launched an innovative partnership to integrate their mindfulness-based therapy programs so that clients can receive support at either the hospital or CMS. Supported by Bell Let’s Talk funding, the program will enable patients to choose either the hospital or the community clinic to receive treatment. It will also potentially reduce demand on hospital resources and reduce stigma by providing an alternative to hospital outpatient care.

Ontario, 2014

Fondation Hôpital Pierre-Boucher - Longueuil, QC

Bell’s funding will enable the hospital to add a new person to the care team – a peer supporter. This is someone who is living with a mental disorder and who, because he or she has overcome the illness, serves as a model of hope and inspiration for individuals and families served by the hospital. As someone with firsthand experience, this person will also provide authentic support and information and will ensure the full participation of the people affected in the choice of treatments.

Quebec, 2014

L’Autre Rive - Sherbrooke, QC

To reduce or eliminate the waiting list for its services to those suffering from anxiety issues, L’Autre Rive will revamp its welcome and orientation service with its funding from Bell Let’s Talk. This includes offering additional and more timely individual assessment meetings, establishing a group that coaches members on self-help strategies over a 7-week period, and organizing support groups that enable participants to interact with others who share their issues in a safe and trusting environment.

Quebec, 2014

La Fondation du Refuge pour femmes Chez Doris Inc. - Montréal, QC

To expand its day shelter services for women, many of whom are homeless, Chez Doris will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to open a mental health clinic to guide its clients to the appropriate treatment. The shelter will hire a part-time psychiatric nurse – to complement the visiting psychiatrist – who will give hands-on advice to women who need mental health services. This person will also provide ongoing teaching about mental illness to the organization’s caregivers, enabling them to more effectively help clients and reduce the risk of burnout.

Quebec, 2014

La Maison du Goéland - St-Constant, QC

To extend their assessment services, social integration and clinical support programs to people who cannot attend day-time workshops or support groups, La Maison will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to add evening workshops of its On the Road to My Recovery program 3 times a week. This proven, strength-based recovery approach, comprising 10 weeks of sessions, is highly effective in helping people with mental illnesses to plan and achieve their personal goals.

Quebec, 2014

Le Rappel - Saint-Georges, QC

To augment its existing efforts to help people reintegrate into the workplace, Le Rappel – which supports people with various personality and anxiety disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – will use funding from Bell Let's Talk to hire a person to proactively work with employers. By networking to develop contacts and business relationships, this person will be better positioned for early intervention to prevent job loss due to mental health issues and to ease reintegration socially and professionally after treatment.

Quebec, 2014

Les Amis de la santé mentale - Dorval, QC

Family and friends of people with severe mental illness are the focus of the work of Les Amis. Those close to the affected individuals come to Les Amis for help in coping with the myriad issues that can arise, from stress and fatigue to family dynamics and financial considerations. With funding from Bell Let’s Talk, Les Amis will hire an additional counsellor who will be able to assist another 110 families – 450 people – in an average year.

Quebec, 2014

Maison Lyse-Beauchamp - Mont-Laurier, QC

Seeking a non-traditional approach to reintegrate people into society, Maison Lyse-Beauchamp focuses on an individual’s strengths and capabilities rather than his or her illness. As well as offering temporary housing and ongoing coaching and support for those with mental illnesses and harmful addictions, the organization operates L’Envolée, a social reintegration project that uses internships and specialized expert coaching. The Bell Let's Talk funding will support those coaches who offer training in a variety of skills, from cooking to hotel work.

Quebec, 2014

Old Brewery Mission - Montréal, QC

As the largest shelter for transient men and women in Canada, Old Mission Brewery serves thousands of people every year, many with mental health issues. The Bell Let’s Talk funds will support the work of a psycho-social counsellor who specializes in the compound issues of homelessness and mental illness to improve the care offered to those in the in the Prism (Projet de réaffiliation en santé mentale et itinérance) Program’s 10-bed dormitory 10-bed dormitory. This will also help reduce demand on psychiatric resources in downtown hospitals.

Quebec, 2014

Mental Illness Foundation - Montréal, QC

Helping to eliminate stigma through education and awareness, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to pay the salaries of 2 individuals who will deliver the Partners for Life program aimed at preventing depression among youth. In the last 15 years, this program has helped more than 900,000 young people in Québec and the Ottawa area by addressing issues such as dropping out of school and youth suicide and demystifying mental illness in general.

Quebec, 2014

First Peoples Innovation Centre - Gatineau, QC

In the face of epidemic substance abuse among young First Nations’ people, and the related mental health issues, the Centre is launching the Roots Movement, a pilot project to revive self esteem among teens in Manawan. Studies show that almost 80% of Manawan youths under 16 had consumed alcohol in the last year, and almost 90% of those had been binge drinking. Bell’s funding will support the program which focuses on youth aged 9 to 16, providing coaching in healthier living habits and reconnecting them to their heritage knowledge base, language and culture.

Quebec, 2014

Équipe La Petite Rencontre - Val-d’Or, QC

To provide a creative outlet for people suffering from high levels of anxiety, Bell’s funding will support art therapy workshops unique to the Val-d’Or area. The 15-week workshops will be taught by professional artists and will enable 20 people to express themselves in variety of media, from singing, dancing and painting to engraving and sculpture. The workshops will culminate in a public exhibition and mini-show to further dispel the stigma too often associated with mental disorders.

Quebec, 2014

Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Beauce - Beauceville, QC

To enable people with depressive disorders to more effectively manage their own symptoms, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to enhance its L'Envol program, an innovative combination of self-care, professional monitoring and support forums. The program includes a 16-week online component with interactive guides available 24/7, 3 group meetings for peer-to-peer support and telephone follow-ups by specially trained nurses. The program has the potential to expand to reach anyone in the Chaudières Appalache region.

Quebec, 2014

Centre d'amitié autochtone du Saguenay - Saguenay, QC

In a region where the suicide rate for First Nations people is 3 to 5 times higher than the rest of the Québec population, the Centre saw the urgent need to develop local clinical health services with a focus on mental health within the well-established Friendship Centre. The Bell Let’s Talk funding will pay the salary of a project manager to develop a clinic that is culturally relevant and reassuring to the population, providing a new resource for at-risk members of the community right at home.

Quebec, 2014

Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre - Shediac, NB

As the only drop-in facility for individuals experiencing crisis, emotional difficulties and family violence in the region, the Centre will extend its reach by developing and delivering a training program for front-line workers and volunteers who provide home care to seniors. The training will focus on the early detection of and early intervention in late-life depression, including how to communicate with the affected individuals and their families, as well as insight into when it is appropriate to refer the person to the Centre for more support.

Atlantic, 2014

Cape Breton Community Housing Association - Sydney, NS

To address a lack of anti-suicide training in Cape Breton, the Association will use the Bell Let's Talk community fund to provide 2 individuals with instruction in the Train the Trainer program of ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). These trainers will then conduct workshops for employees and others across Cape Breton, enabling more caregivers to be more confident, comfortable and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Atlantic, 2014

Le Pavois de Ste-Foy - Québec City, QC

Project is to hire a mental health counsellor to work with members at the Pavois to help other patients in their recovery while drawing from their own life experiences. The counsellor would work 3 days/week and accompany other patients that are undergoing treatment and counselling.

Quebec, 2011

Le Trait d'Union Montérégien - Saint-Hyacinthe, QC

Volunteer recruitment event for organisation's 20th anniversary. The project hopes to reduce the number of people on a waiting list from 48 to a maximum of 15 people, double the number of volunteers and reach 3000 people via conferences and recruitment activities.

Quebec, 2011

Le Traversier, Centre de jour et d'entraide en santé mentale - Trois-Rivières, QC

The project will offer people that hear voices the possibility to participate, on a weekly basis, in a training and support group called 'Living well with my voices'. It's a project that was started in 2007 by the Pavois in Quebec City in collabration with PECH and the University of Laval.

Quebec, 2011

Les Impatients - Granby, QC

The project consists of expanding the Art therapy workshops to Granby (Estrie region) in collaboration with other partners including Suivi intensif dans le milieu (SIM), Val-des-Cerfs School Commission, and the Granby Hospital. The program has seen a lot of success by being able to integrate people with a mental health problem into society and create social economic and cultural links in addition to contributing to removing the stigma around mental health.

Quebec, 2011

Revivre - Montréal, QC

They will hire a web master/social network expert to improve access to information and encourage discussion via the internet. The web site is made up of a help line with information and referral section and an open discussion forum that needs to be further developed and maintained. The project will greatly contribute to reducing stigma as well as breaking the silence and isolation of people suffering with anxiety disorders, depression, and bipolar mental health problems.

Quebec, 2011

Le Centre de prévention du suicide de Québec - Québec City, QC

The project is to train a network of 'Sentinelles' in the region of Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches. 'Sentinelles' are adult volunteers trained to detect psychological distress and to be knowledgeable about suicide prevention in order to help people in their immediate surroundings and to orient them to the appropriate resources.

Quebec, 2011

Le Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Vallée-de-l'Or - Abitibi-Témiscamingue, QC

Offer a new music workshop as Art therapy to help individuals suffering with a mental health problem. The project aims to integrate social participation by establishing a common link between participants, the community and musical activity.

Quebec, 2011

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta - AB (Province-wide)

Funding will be used to create provincial standardization of core programming. This includes development of program evaluation tools, methods of recording data, training materials and promotional materials and will increase the capacity to serve those dealing with Schizophrenia and their families.

Prairies, 2011

The Support Network - Edmonton, AB

The Support Network is the crisis phone line for North Central Alberta. This funding will support the expansion of the current rural distress line into a minimum of 7 new rural communities.

Prairies, 2011

Town of Cochrane, Family & Community Support Services - Cochrane, AB

This is a rural focused project which encompasses the Town of Cochrane and surrounding area, including a native reservation. This collaborative project is in cooperation with Alberta Health Services, the Youth Association, Mental Health and the Community Resource Centre. The grant will be used to fund staff and provide programming for people with mental illness in the areas of support, training and life skills in a nonclinical setting - a community kitchen.

Prairies, 2011

Anorexie et boulimie Québec - Montréal, QC

They provide a help and referral line for people suffering from anorexia and bulimia. Their help line hours are from 8:00am to midnight. Bell's funding would enable ABQ to add a new shift to the current schedule from midnight to 3:00am.

Quebec, 2011

Expression LaSalle, centre communautaire en santé mentale - Montréal, QC

The project will help individuals who have experienced the trauma of childhood sexual abuse and incest. The project will consist of (1) Assessments (intake interviews) that provide an introduction to the Centre, as well as to help to determine if the specific service is appropriate for a person's needs; (2) Two creative arts therapy (art or drama therapy) groups on the theme of sexual abuse; (3) Ten individual therapy/counselling sessions.

Quebec, 2011

La Croisée des sentiers - Asbestos, QC

The project will allow people living in this remote region to experience a socio-professional integration experience either with work, volunteering, or school. Most of the partners needed to implement the project are in place (CSSS des Sources, Des Sommerts School Commission, Emploi Québec, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and a local job placement agency) but funding is needed to hire a staff resource to put all the components into place and to manage the project and participants.

Quebec, 2011

La Fondation de l'Hôpital général juif - Montréal, QC

Follow up program for children who have been hospitalized in the psychiatry department for 6-12 months to maintain progress in their recovery.

Quebec, 2011

La Fondation Pierre-Janet - Gatineau, QC

Funding would help young adults that have not had a chance to pursue a career because of mental health obstacles and treatment to obtain a bursary and go back to school to acquire the knowledge and skills to become productive and active citizens. The project would also contribute to reducing the stigma around people with a mental health problem. Individual education bursaries would vary depending on individual needs assessments.

Quebec, 2011

La Fondation Robert-Giffard - Québec City, QC

The project aims to avoid relapses to emergency services and/or to reduce the stay in a hospital for people suffering from psychotic problems when they experience a mental relapse. The team provides specialised home care treament in the clients' everyday surroundings so that they feel safe and are more empowered to recover in their own surroundings/normal environment. This project will also help reduce health care costs and reduce stigma.

Quebec, 2011

La Fondation Suicide Action Montréal - Montréal, QC

The project consists of three main components: 1) the production of suicide prevention and dependency awareness video capsules; 2) crisis intervention using new technologies, and 3) on-line counsellor training sessions. SAM would use the Bell grant for the video capsules component. The capsules would be integrated on the web site as well as on partner sites and would cover topics related to suicide prevention and messages of hope used for suicide prevention.

Quebec, 2011

La Société québécoise de la schizophrénie - Montréal, QC

Their new web site was launched in January 2011 and they want to enhance it by digitising their documentation library and including it on the site, posting monthly conferences on the video zone section, and offering an exchange forum for people living with schizophrenia and their family members.

Quebec, 2011

BC Schizophrenia Society - Penticton Branch - South Okanagan, BC

This grant will provide a family support, mental health worker to rural communities in Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Princeton on a monthly basis. Previous access would have been through the Penticton hospital.

British Columbia, 2011

Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia - Greater Victoria, BC

Expansion of the Stigma Stomp program including the development of an interactive website, www.bipolarbabe.com, to target 14 schools reaching a total of 1500 students in 2011/2012. Grades 7-12.

British Columbia, 2011

British Columbia Council for Families - BC (Province-wide)

Left2Live Suicide Postvention workshop. Also includes outreach to Aboriginal communities.

British Columbia, 2011

Cameray Child and Family Services - Burnaby, BC

Expansion of the current child and youth mental heath conselling program.

British Columbia, 2011

Columbian Centre Society - Vancouver, BC

Development of a strategic plan to expand affordable supported housing for people with severe and persistent mental illnesses with emphasis on seniors.

British Columbia, 2011

Crisis Line Association of B.C. - BC (Province-wide)

This project will support the delivery of training, promotions and integrating the Aboriginal-specific data into their Provincial Data Collection Tool. Launching the service will begin as funding is secured. This volunteer-based provincial suicide line is based on international better practice and is the first of its kind in Canada. It is now being replicated in other provinces such as Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba.

British Columbia, 2011

Green Thumb Theatre - BC (Province-wide)

Production of 'People Like Vince', a new theatrical production to fight the stigma of mental illness. This acclaimed theatre company company will travel to 10,000 elementary students in BC.

British Columbia, 2011

McCreary Centre Society - Fraser Valley, BC

Two workshops focused on youth ages 13-19 who have demonstrated mental health challenges.

British Columbia, 2011

The Kettle Friendship Society - Vancouver, BC

Working with our partner Common Threads Co-operative, The Kettle will train primarily women (self selected) in both elementary and advanced industrial sewing skills. These skills will give mental health consumers access to paid employment, either through the Co-operative or in the marketplace. These jobs will lead to increased self-esteem, health benefits due to extra income and added respect from the larger community as they see the success of the women and the products they produce.

British Columbia, 2011

Canadian Mental Health Association Hastings and Prince Edward Branch - Belleville, ON

CMHA Hastings and Prince Edward County Branch is working with 'The Jack Project' and connecting with the local college to develop mental health First Aid support and to raise awareness and reduce youth suicide. The mission of The Jack Project is to support youth as they transition from late high school into their years of college, university or independent living, helping them to achieve and sustain their optimal mental health. They also will develop an online counselling and support system.

Ontario, 2011

Community Support Centre Essex County - Windsor-Essex County, ON

Access to care will be increased by providing transportation, mental health services, social dining and home maintenance. All services are aimed at increasing access to home bound and isolated seniors who make up a large percentage of suicide rates and are prone to depression. They are aiming to expand the reach of programming into new geographic territory so they can serve an additional 77,000 community members.

Ontario, 2011

Haliburton Highlands Health Services - Toronto, ON

Will take expressive arts to 30 plus seniors identified as depressed, in two long term care homes in our community. Each senior will receive twenty, one-on-one sessions lasting 1-2 hours. There will also be small activity groups delivered by a trained, Registered Expressive Arts Practitioner. Expressive arts includes: visual art, poetry/storytelling, sculpture, mixed media, fibre & photo art, and movement /music as a means of authentic expression, communication and the realization of potential.

Ontario, 2011

Harmony for Youth - Sarnia, ON

The program goal is to bring mental health awareness to the community, and provide resources to help reduce the number of teen suicides. We also offer two counselling programs at no cost. One program is a suicide bereavement program for youth, and the other is targeted at adults.

Ontario, 2011

Hope's Garden - London, ON

The Healing through Hope Project includes the implementation of two new support groups: A young adult support group for those 18-24 who are experiencing any disordered eating thoughts or behaviours. A support group for those 35-55 that addresses the growing number of adults experiencing eating disorders and body image despair during later stages of life (biological changes effecting one's body image, sense of self).

Ontario, 2011

Kirkland and District Hospital - Kirkland Lake, ON

They will open a mental health library that inpatients, staff, family memebers and our community partners could access. The goal would be to provide education about mental health and therefore assist in reducing the stigma that is often associated with mental illness.

Ontario, 2011

Lakehead University - Thunder Bay, ON

The clinic will serve students and the public and will provide job placements for professionals in field. First Nation community members will have access to increased mental health services.

Ontario, 2011

London and District Distress Centre - London, ON

The organization needs a new phone system to continue to build capacity of the distress line service with expanding support to the front-line volunteers who listen to individuals who call the distress line. Almost 18,000 calls were received in 2010 and 62% of callers have a diagnosed mental illness or a mental health concern. The majority of callers feel isolated or marginalized by the community, and 4% of calls are suicide related (prevention, intervention or post-vention).

Ontario, 2011

Nipissing First Nation Health Services - Nipissing, ON

The Tree of Life Project is an awareness and support campaign on the issue of suicide that is intended to reduce stigma and improve access to community mental health resources. Information, education and support using both western and Indigenous knowledge on the issues of grief, loss, embracing life, mood disorders, addictions and colonialism as they relate to high rates of suicide for Indigenous people will be the central components to this project.

Ontario, 2011

Oak Park Neighborhood Centre - Oakville, ON

They will add a monthly parent support group and additional weekly one on one support. 'Fun Friends' program for children to better handle anxiety, fear and depression. Teaches practical, useful strategies for coping with stress, anxiety, worry, fear to build emotional resilience and self-esteem.

Ontario, 2011

SKETCH Working Arts for Street Involved and Homeless Youth - Toronto, ON

This program aims to address youth mental health issues through a formalized system of counselling and referrals. New counselling component will focus on resource awareness and referrals to immediate care. Project will involve arts-based activities designed to help youth realize self-potential, build life skills, leadership skills, resiliency and self-esteem while reducing stigma of mental illness. 275 youth with mental health issues over a one-year period will have been involved in creative art.

Ontario, 2011

The Boys and Girls Club of York Region - a program of Social Enterprise for Canada - Newmarket, ON

The goal of this project is to provide an Expressive Arts program to youth. The target youth for this project are isolated from participation in extra curricular activities due to the lack of existing social infrastructure within the community. The goal of this project is to provide opportunities for these youth to participate in activiities that will provide an outlet for the stresses related to settlement, immigration and poverty.

Ontario, 2011

The Nicholas Knapp Kindness Fund - London, ON

Our organization is availabe to the survivors of suicide, families, friends and co-workers who support them and provide comfort. We listen and provide resources through networking, websites, booklets and our survivors network to lend a helping hand to families trying to cope with the loss of a loved one.

Ontario, 2011

The Psychology Foundation of Canada - National

The goal is to develop, pilot and evaluate strategies, supports, services and a process that builds both community capacity and the service system capacity to meet mental health-related needs of newcomer families. With further funding, they will be able to extend their work across the Toronto region. In the proposed Toronto region project (DIAT) they will work with 2 or 3 newcomer communities, starting projects as funds become available, and continuing until the work is properly embedded.

Ontario, 2011

Youth Services Bureau - Ottawa, ON

Their walk-in mental health clinic opened in January 2011 one-day a week to overwhelming response. They will extend hours of the walk-in clinic up to three days per week and will need to promote the service. They would specifically like to increase access to mental health services to youth and families through a new Youth Mental Health Walk-In Clinic. Only clinic of its kind in Eastern Ontario.

Ontario, 2011

BodyWhys Youth Canada - AB, MB, SK and BC

BodyWhys is focused on providing education and awareness to youth on eating disorders and self harm. Lead by world record holder Meaghan Buisson, who has battled an eating disorder herself, the project will provide national online resources including 30 new interactive workshops. Workshops will be provided in a 60:40 rural/urban split. An estimated 7,500 Canadians will be impacted.

Prairies, 2011

Calgary Counselling Centre - Calgary, AB

The Calgary Counselling Centre is moving towards becoming THE organization of choice for Calgarians facing depression. This funding is part of the larger overall Centre funding and will be used to support provision of services as well as research.

Prairies, 2011

Centre de crise de Québec - Québec City, QC

The Centre, with help from the Bell fund, is going to improve access to information for people who require psychiatric help by updating and upgrading their Website Crisis intervention programming. This will improve access to their online support.

Quebec, 2012

Centre d'hébergement alternatif de Sherbrooke (CHAS) - Sherbrooke, QC

The project consists of improving health services and reducing stigmatization with a new gardening project that will be known as the 'Bell Garden.'

Quebec, 2012

Fondation Équilibre Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean - Saguenay, QC

This project targeted at seniors will create an information toolbox compiling resources, services and literature in the area of seniors' mental health available to counselors and family members. The goal is to facilitate prevention and intervention with respect to seniors experiencing mental health problems.

Quebec, 2012

Fondation Le Grand Chemin - Montréal, QC

The project aims to help people by providing enhanced crisis intervention services for adolescents 12 to 17 years of age who struggle with addiction and other associated issues. The improved services will help ensure timely follow-up treatment in the foundation's three centres- Montréal, Ville de Québec and Saint­Célestin.

Quebec, 2012

Fondation Tel-Jeunes - QC (Province-wide)

The project enables services offered by Tel-Jeunes and LigneParents to be improved by providing mental health training to their 35 professional counsellors so they will be better equipped to respond to the growing number of calls concerning mental health problems.

Quebec, 2012

Groupe de ressources pour le trouble de panique (GRTP) - Saguenay, Jonquière, QC

The project will support youth (12-17) who have anxiety disorders. The organization will create a new intervention guide and set up workshops for young people suffering from mental illness disorders.

Quebec, 2012

La Rencontre, groupe d'entraide pour personnes atteintes de maladie mentale - Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, QC

This organization provides social support for individuals experiencing mental health problems. The organization will improve accessibility to services by purchasing a vehicle that will be used to transport members, since most participants either do not have the means to own a car, live in rural areas or do not have access to public transit.

Quebec, 2012

Le Mûrier - Montréal, QC

This organization will put the Bell Fund to work to with its 'Let's cook together!' project. This is a new outreach program that involves going to participants' homes to teach them how to cook nutritious meals with what they have at home. Participants learn about proper nutrition and how to shop and budget for groceries.

Quebec, 2012

Le Murmure, groupe d'entraide - Beauceville, QC

The organization will promote awareness and public education and expand the Senti-Mentalités project, which was created in the fall of 2011 and has been very successful. Members and a spokesperson visit the region to educate the local population and businesses about the realities of people living with mental health problems.

Quebec, 2012

Ligne d'intervention téléphonique en prévention du suicide de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue - Malartic, QC

The grant will support improved suicide and crisis intervention work of the organization. They will expand existing services by hiring a new counselor to respond more quickly to the numerous crisis line calls received during peak periods.

Quebec, 2012

L'Équipe Entreprise - Dorval, QC

L'Equipe Entreprise will hire a life coach to give new workshops to clients living with mental illness on self-esteem in addition to the back-to-work programs, including such topics as preparing healthy frozen meals, catering services and services for seniors.

Quebec, 2012

L'Oasis de Lotbinière - Saint-Flavien, QC

This project will enhance the work integration program in the community including a pre-hiring campaign designed for and geared to local businesses. The goal is to identify local businesses who can offer jobs to participants living with and recovering from mental health illnesses.

Quebec, 2012

Parents et amis du bien-être mental du sud-ouest de Montréal - Verdun, QC

The Bell fund will support this organization's important work by adding new services and workshops to address the needs of youth with anxiety disorders living in foster homes or group homes.

Quebec, 2012

Réseau de Prévention Suicide des Bois-Francs - Plessisville, QC

Creation of a « Sentinelles » network in 30 rural villages out of the 35 rural villages served by this organisation - these Sentinelles will be volunteers in their communities on the lookout for referring people who would have suicidal ideas – referring them to the best local resources to help them seek assistance.

Quebec, 2012

Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador - NL (Province-wide)

Project to fund an awareness campaign on early detection and intervention, as well as a community speaker's bureau that will compliment the campaign. The awareness campaign involves the creation, printing, and delivery of an information package that would be delivered to 2300 doctors and dentist's throughout Newfoundland. The goal is to better inform and educate front line health professionals about eating disorders.

Atlantic, 2011

Health PEI, Primary Care Division - Charlottetown, PE

The training is intended to expand access to enhanced mental health care, provide tools for earlier intervention and support opportunities for improved collaborative mental health care throughout the Province. The training session would be offered to 100 practitioners from primary care, mental health and addictions throughout PEI. Cognitive Behavioral Interpersonal Skills (CBIS) provides assessment and skills based interventions, using a modified cognitive behavioral therapy approach.

Atlantic, 2011

Laing House - Halifax, NS

Empowering youth living with mental illness through innovative engagement and peer support. Participants will be trained and provided with the support necessary to enter the workforce and to learn about fighting stigmas and stereotypes.

Atlantic, 2011

MindCare New Brunswick - NB (Province-wide)

The College will train approximately 6 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) facilitators so they can teach MHFA to both the college community and the community at large.

Atlantic, 2011

Canadian Mental Health Association - MB (Province-wide)

The Kaleidoscope-Wellness Through Creative Expression project produces a magazine that is distributed across Manitoba in 8 regions helping raise provincial awareness and reduce stigma of mental illness. The magazine creates an adaptive way for mental health consumers to express themselves through art aiding in the healing process and recovery.

Prairies, 2012

Heartland Youth Centre - Stettler, AB

This grant will support their 'Talk it Out, Work it Out' - youth led program for 13-18 years olds that will increase awareness around open discussion of mental health issues they face.

Prairies, 2012

Kerby Assembly - Calgary, AB

The Kerby Assembly will provide Mental Health First Aid to front line workers at the Centre which offers a variety of services for seniors in the community.

Prairies, 2012

Red Deer Family Services Bureau - Red Deer, AB

The Red Deer Family Services Bureau will raise awareness of post partum depression among mothers, families and healthcare providers and make much needed resources readily available.

Prairies, 2012

SupportWorks Incorporated - Calgary, AB

SupportWorks will expand its peer-led support groups for adults in Calgary living with depression, bipolar, anxiety and/or PTSD.

Prairies, 2012

AMI-Québec Action on Mental Illness - Montreal, QC

AMI-Québec will expand their counseling, education and support services with telehelp workshops for caregivers and mental health professionals, and outreach programs for schools and communities through videoconferences.

Quebec, 2012

Café Rendez-vous de la Maison Réalité - Ottawa, ON and Gatineau, QC

Café Rendezvous de la Maison Realite focus on social support and will expand their educational and back-to-work programs by renovating the Café Rendez-vous kitchen to accommodate more participants and make the work environment safer.

Quebec, 2012

Centre Accalmie - MRC d'Avignon, Pointe-à-la-Croix (Gaspésie), QC

This project will allow the Centre Accalmie to hire a new employee to give a prevention workshop on self-esteem.

Quebec, 2012

Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation - Windsor

As part of the overall rehabilitative focus of the Specialized Inpatient Mental Health Program, both a music therapy and horticulture therapy program will be welcome additions at the newly renovated Windsor Regional Hospital's mental health facilities. For specific populations, such as geriatrics and/or dual diagnosis, music therapy will aide in increasing coordination, use of right brain/left brain, and range of motion.

Ontario, 2012

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation - Ottawa, ON

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation will bring a pilot perinatal program focused on young-women with the goal to improve adolescent mothers' access to mental health care. It is the only program of its kind in Canada.

Ontario, 2012

Victim Services of Grey, Bruce & Owen Sound - Owen Sound

The grant will support suicide prevention and education to community members. There is a huge need for a grief after suicide support in the Bruce and Grey County areas. Through this project, they will start 2 types of support groups - 1 for adults and 1 for teens in each of Bruce and Grey Counties.

Ontario, 2012

Wabano Centre of Aboriginal Health - Ottawa

Located in one of Ottawa, the Wabano Centre provides non-residential mental health services to close to 1,000 clients annually. They will expand their youth mental health program bringing much needed access to programming in this community.

Ontario, 2012

Waterloo Regional Suicide Prevention Council - Waterloo

The Waterloo Regional Suicide Prevention Council will provide suicide prevention training for family physicians in Waterloo region. 200 physicians will be trained which will expand this important community service in the Waterloo region.

Ontario, 2012

Surrey Memorial Hosp Foundation - Surrey, BC

The Adolescent Day Treatment Program provides service to youth ages 13-18 who are experiencing severe psychiatric difficulties such as Schizophrenia and other illnesses involving psychosis, Major Affective Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or other severe mental health and/or family difficulties to participate in the Therapeutic Horse Program. Here they can learn about themselves and others in a safe, healthy, unique and experiential way.

British Columbia, 2012

Young Parents Support Network - Vancouver, BC

The Young Parents Support will support a program for young parents (13-25) struggling with mental health issues. Through this project, they will create and enhance social ties and create community capacity by providing outreach services to ensure isolated and overwhelmed young parents who struggle with mental health issues are not alone and their children are not invisible and at risk. This includes offering support to isolated families; group programming in which youth can learn from each other

British Columbia, 2012

Canadian Mental Health Association - Peterborough, ON

Bell's funding supports the Kids on the Block Program which is the organizations main vehicle for delivery of health promotion messages to elementary school-aged children. Since 1996 the Kids on the Block troupe has offered educational presentations about things such as children's mental health issues including depression, understanding feelings, school safety and children's experience of family break-up. The program is offered free of charge in schools, libraries and community events.

Ontario, 2012

Community Addiction and Mental Health Service of Haldimand and Norfolk - Haldimand / Norfolk, ON

The VOICE project provides participants at the community centre an opportunity to participate in a camera club, an art program and a music program - the fundamental premise of all three program components is to discover the 'ability in disability'. The grant will allow the organization to purchase additional art supplies including musical instruments for the 200 clients they serve.

Ontario, 2012

Creative Works Studio - Toronto, ON

Creative Works Studio (CWS) is an arts-based occupational therapy program which promotes healing and recovery for people suffering from serious mental illness. The studio is a part of St. Michael's Hospital's Inner City Health program and operates in partnership with the Good Shepherd Centres. Their project is to develop a multi-faceted arts-based outreach program-sharing the art, stories and music of our members expanding on prior work and existing infrastructure.

Ontario, 2012

Family Youth & Child Services of Muskoka - Muskoka, ON

This grant will allow the organization to start up an open access walk in clinic for the Muskoka area.

Ontario, 2012

Group Health Centre - Sault Saint Marie, ON

The Group Health Centre (GHC) is a multi-specialty, interdisciplinary, ambulatory care facility located in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. GHC is implementing a new pilot project in the Children's Mental Health Program to improve access and efficiency for children's mental health services. The project pilot involves a new intake process, whereby children between the ages of 0-18 who are referred to the program are connected immediately to an intake worker who provides an initial assessment.

Ontario, 2012

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) - National

This grant will allow the expansion of NEDICs Helpline and Outreach program to ensure equal access across the country to their national toll-free Helpline. Service will be expanded to include 5 evenings a week from 5-9pm.

Ontario, 2012

Providence Care - Kingston, ON

The Bell grant will enable the VOCEC/Community Connections Recovery Program to engage professional artists to provide workshops to 45 community-based MH consumers (therapeutic) who in turn will present in a 10-day public arts festival in support of anti-stigma awareness.

Ontario, 2012

Regional Eating Disorder Program at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario - Eastern Ontario / Western Québec

Bell's grant supports this organization's unique work in providing Psychoeducational training for parents with children on the wait list for formal evaluation.

Ontario, 2012

Ryerson University Clinical Psychology Training Clinic / St. Michael's Hospital Family Health Team Hospital or Medical Clinic - Toronto, ON

This project will enhance access to mental health services for marginalized populations in Toronto. 12-14 Clinical Psychology Master's and PhD students will conduct psychological assessments, individual and group psychotherapy to patients of the Family Health Teams for free.

Ontario, 2012

Sault College Student Services Department - Sault Ste Marie, ON

The Sault College Student Services Department will improve their programming, by bringing a depression and stress reduction group with two additional certified counselors in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Ontario, 2012

Shooniya Wa-Biitong Training and Employment Centre for the Treaty No. 3 Area - Northern Ontario

The project will bring Treaty 3 mental health awareness training for frontline workers. The nonprofit employment and training center covers an area of 55,000 square miles of Northwestern Ontario and includes 23 First Nations in the Treaty #3 area and 5 urban centres - Kenora, Dryden, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Fort Frances. The project will also include a focus on training teachers to bring mental health awareness and support to youth in the regions.

Ontario, 2012

Fondation de l'Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec - Quebec City, QC

Bell's support will help in updating an offer of integrated services for concurrent disorders (major psychiatric disorder and drug addiction); the service offer includes a hospitalization unit with 10 regional beds for intensive treatment and rehabilitation and one crisis stabilization bed under the care of a specialized team. This unique project is led jointly by the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec (IUSMQ) and the Centre de réadaptation en dépendance de Québec (CRDQ).

Quebec, 2013

Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale - Quebec City, QC

The training/mobilization project stems from an initiative by the Groupe provincial sur la stigmatisation et la discrimination en santé mentale, a group of partners from public and community mental health networks striving to reduce the stigmatization and discrimination faced by people living with or having suffered from a mental health problem.

Quebec, 2013

Association québécoise de prévention du suicide - Quebec City, QC

Funding will be put toward providing suicide prevention training to three clienteles in regular contact with suicidal individuals: youth centres, family doctors and psychiatric nurses. The training focuses on youths because adolescents handled by youth centres are four times more likely to commit suicide.

Quebec, 2013

Phobies-Zéro - Sainte-Julie, QC

Bell's support will make it possible to implement a panic disorder self-treatment program with peer helpers assisting youths and adults who suffer from anxiety disorders, as well as their families.

Quebec, 2013

École Nationale d'Apprentissage par la Marionnette (ÉNAM) - Chicoutimi, QC

This project promotes mental health recovery through puppet art and helps fight stigmatization through shows put on by participants.

Quebec, 2013

Boys and Girls Club of East Dartmouth - Dartmouth, NS

The FRIENDS for Life project is an evidence-based early intervention and prevention program developed in Australia and supported by the World Health Organization to prevent and intervene in the development of anxiety and depression in children and youth. Working together with the Dartmouth Community Health Board, the IWK Health Centre, Public Health Services, Schools Plus and the Boys & Girls Club, they will offer the Friends for Life Program training to staff at local schools.

Atlantic, 2012

Cape Breton Mental Health Foundation & Crossroads - Cape Breton, NS

This is a joint project between Crossroads ACES members and the Cape Breton Mental Health Foundation. The ACES of Crossroads Cape Breton consists of members between 19 and 30 years of age who live with mental illness. The Foundation will use its grant to open and provide access to a media centre which will create new training and educational opportunities for clients in various fields of interest. The goal is to provide support in helping clients develop new skills and access work opportunities.

Atlantic, 2012

Capital Region Mental Health & Addictions - NB (Province-wide)

This Anxiety Prevention/ Intervention Program for Children and Youth will fill the gap in services that both the school district and mental health centre recognize as being needed for children and youth with anxiety. Bringing the program to the community will assist children and youth manage symptoms of anxiety and build resiliency. This project will directly impact children, youth, their teachers, support workers, community workers, counsellors and parents.

Atlantic, 2012

College of the North Atlantic - NL (Province-wide)

The College will train approximately 6 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) facilitators so they can teach MHFA to both the college community and the community at large.

Atlantic, 2012

Fire Marshall's Office - PE (Province-wide)

The Prince Edward Island Fire Service will train approximately 800 volunteer firefighters in an introductory overview of Critical Incident Stress (CIS) - to create an awareness of CIS so that firefighters would be aware of, more receptive to, and act upon personal and peer signals of Critical Incident Stress. This program will address cultural barriers that prevent fire fighters from seeking help for symptoms of chronic and single event stress and prepare fire fighters.

Atlantic, 2012

Kingston/Greenwood Mental Health Coalition - NS (Province-wide)

The aim of this project is to bring three Mental Health First Aid workshops to their community including one in French. This will allow the organization to build capacity surrounding mental health issues in the community. Specifically, providing the workshops will improve the front line services offered to people experiencing mental health issues. In addition, they will also provide a current data bank of mental health services and resources available locally to the participants.

Atlantic, 2012

BC Schizophrenia Society - Kelowna, BC

The Bridges Education Program provides a free education course that helps persons recovering from a mental illness to cope through a better understanding of their illness and its treatment, to better communicate their individual concerns and feelings, to become aware of the support organizations that are available in the community, and to deal with the effects of stigma. The project support from Bell's grant will enable a substantial increase in the number of persons served.

British Columbia, 2012

Canadian Mental Health Association - Prince George, BC

The Resource Housing Outreach program will provide short term life skills support to individuals with severe and persistent mental health issues who are transitioning from homelessness to housing. The goal is not only to assist with achieving suitable and safe housing but also to support the development of skills and community involvement that help to ensure the maintenance of safe housing.

British Columbia, 2012

Canadian Mental Health Association - Shuswap / Revelstoke, BC

Living Life to the Full – a new evidence-based program – will be offered to the community in a group format. Trained facilitators use small group activities to identify and work on improved feelings, moods and behaviours. The course includes activities designed to engage participants at their comfort level and inspire them to shift how they respond to the stresses in their lives.

British Columbia, 2012

Coast Mental Health Foundation - Vancouver, BC

The Coast Mental Health Foundation will expand their peer support program for people with severe mental illness and continue to provide clients with mental illness the opportunity to continue their journey to recovery while gaining skills in coaching, mentoring, group facilitation, and self advocacy. Individuals who are selected enter an intensive three level training program which includes role play, practicum, and a six month paid work placement.

British Columbia, 2012

First Funds Society - Vancouver, BC

The Community Voicemail Project provides banks of live, local telephone numbers with personal greeting and voice mail to 75 front-line mental health and social service providers all over the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Case workers from these organizations provide voicemail access to over 1,500 clients who are homeless, impoverished and often facing severe mental health issues.

British Columbia, 2012

Loco Motion Canada Performance Society - BC (Province-wide)

This talented and innovative theatrical production company will produce 'What's Normal?' – a 30-minute theatrical play based on experiences from mental health consumers. The project will provide people with lived experience the opportunity to develop skills and self efficacy as well as educate the public about the complexities of living with mental illness and thus reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

British Columbia, 2012

Nanaimo Family Life Association - Nanaimo, BC

The Grey Matters program will to continue to offer seniors training in communication and peer counselling. The trained seniors will then mentor and counsel other seniors ages 55 to 100. One of the key benefits for those who enjoy the program is that whether their mental health challenges are self-identified or they are referred by their doctors. All clients have a welcoming, non-shaming place to access free, quality ongoing support to increase their quality of life through capacity building.

British Columbia, 2012

Pacific Post Partum Support Society - BC (Province-wide)

The Pacific Post Partum Support Society will extend its services for women in underserved communities with mental health related aid during and after the birth or adoption of a child. These services include increased and enhanced telephone support, pilot telephone support accessibility outside the Lower Mainland and additional facilitated groups for new mothers.

British Columbia, 2012

Potluck Café Society - BC (Province-wide)

The Potluck Café Society will continue to transform lives by creating jobs and providing healthy food for people living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES). As a social enterprise and registered charity, Potluck Café Society operates Potluck Café & Catering to support neighborhood residents with barriers to traditional employment, including many living with mental health challenges, while earning revenue to support its community programs.

British Columbia, 2012

Fondation Pinel - Montreal, QC

Bell's donation will make it possible to use existing technology (electroencephalogram) to establish, in advance, the best medication to administer to a person suffering from schizophrenia based on his brainwave patterns since, unfortunately, this medication is still prescribed by trial and error. The goal of this new care delivery methodology is to reduce the time it takes to adjust to the medication and to reduce the side effects, thus improving the quality of life of those affected.

Quebec, 2013

Les Petits Frères des Pauvres - Montréal, QC

The project will make it possible to expand assistance services for elderly people with mental health problems or who are at risk of developing such problems due to isolation. This includes training in mental health for volunteers working at Petits Frères in Laval and Longueuil.

Quebec, 2013

St. Mary's Hospital Foundation - Montreal

Bell's funding will provide a new on-line resource and support service to immigrants and refugees living with anxiety and depression. The project team for the health experiences initiative based at St. Mary's Hospital and in partnership with McGill University and the University of British Columbia (e-Health) will invite new immigrants to share their lived experiences of anxiety and depression.

Quebec, 2013

Community Transcultural Support Services (CTSS) - Calgary, AB

Delivering translated mental health information and resources in various languages to improve mental health care access in ethno cultural communities.

Prairies, 2013

Crisis Support Centre, a program of The Support Network - Edmonton, AB

Increase volunteer training to expand capacity of frontline services.

Prairies, 2013

Suicide Prevention Resource Centre - Grande Prairie, AB

The Community Helpers Program will build a bridge between the informal and formal support received by youth and to provide awareness of existing programs and services in the community.

Prairies, 2013

BRIDGES The Hinton Housing and Employment Society - Hinton, AB

Create an art therapy program beginning with a workshop to introduce clients facing mental illness to the concept of self expression through the arts and the therapeutic benefits.

Prairies, 2013

Manitoba Schizophrenia Society - Winnipeg, MB

Hearing Voices that are Distressing offers a unique curriculum/training package in which participants use headphones to listen to a specially designed recording that allows them to hear what who hears voices hears. This curriculum has been developed and piloted for a wide range of mental health professionals including: Inpatient/outpatient psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, direct care workers, mental health administrators, policy makers, and police officers.

Prairies, 2013

Algonquin Nation Programs and Services Secretariat (Tribal Council) - Notre-Dame-du-Nord, QC

Thanks to a new coordinator, the project's aim is to improve accessibility to crisis and emergency services for youth at risk of suicide, mental illness or drug addiction. Services are available to youths and their families.

Quebec, 2013

Groupe d'entraide L'Éveil (pour personnes atteintes de maladie mentale) - Lac-Etchemin, QC

Bell's support will make it possible to hire a development officer to increase community awareness of the social reintegration program and tour part of the Québec region to meet with stores, organizations, students and even individuals to talk about Groupe d'entraide L'Éveil, its products and, most importantly, the people who work at the organization.

Quebec, 2013

NuHab Centre - Ascot Corner, QC

Support for equine therapy, which uses horses specially trained to work with people suffering from emotional and/or mental health problems. This innovative therapy has its own benefits and effectively complements traditional therapies.

Quebec, 2013

La Croisée des sentiers - Asbestos, QC

Bell's funding will make it possible to add to the work environment by developing a waste sorting and recovery centre that will provide work experience for people living with a mental health problem. The mandate of La Croisée's waste sorting and recovery centre will be to recover and refurbish used goods and then resell them at low cost to residents of MRC des Sources.

Quebec, 2013

OASIS santé mentale Granby et région - Granby , QC

Bell's support will make it possible to offer an education and awareness program to youths aged 6 to 12 who deal daily with a loved one suffering from a mental health disorder.

Quebec, 2013

La Bouffée d'air du KRTB - Rivière-du-Loup, QC

Creation and updating of a Web site. The main goal is to host a Web capsule to promote crisis services in Québec and reach the population that does not consult frequently and offer them an alternative to hospitalization.

Quebec, 2013

La Marée, Regroupement des parents & amis de la personne atteinte de maladie mentale - La Malbaie, QC

A tour of 20 businesses in Charlevoix providing the "Madame Alice" workshops aimed at fighting stigmatization, and initiating three psychoeducational groups: (1) for the families of those afflicted 2) for company managers, and 3) for employees.

Quebec, 2013

Médecins du Monde - Montréal, QC

Bell's support will make it possible to offer psychological and technical help to support workers in hazardous areas or under tragic circumstances, in order to help them overcome these challenges and maintain balanced mental health.

Quebec, 2013

Accueil Bonneau - Montreal, QC

Bell's grant will make it possible to hire a support worker responsible for the mental health clinic, whose main duties will be to assist and coach Accueil Bonneau's 20 psychosocial support workers by using his/her expertise in mental health.

Quebec, 2013

The Psychology Foundation of Canada - Toronto, ON

The Psychology Foundation of Canada aims to improve their Kids Have Stress Too! and Make the Connection Programs in Aboriginal communities. The Aboriginal community members and staff who work in the communities will be trained to facilitate the programs. Parents will learn about attachment skills and child development, as well as how to help their children with stress. Children will learn coping skills which can be applied throughout their lives.

Ontario, 2013

Oolagen - Youth Mental Health - Toronto, ON

Oolagen provides a walk-in clinic service that is open 5 days per week. This service increases access to mental health services for youth and families. It provides immediate access to therapeutic intervention. If a youth and family need further help than the single session, Oolagen puts them on their wait list for full service and also assigns a counsellor can be reached at any time for additional support during the wait.

Ontario, 2013

Pine River Foundation - Toronto, ON

Pine River Institute is a residential treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for 13 to 19 year olds struggling with mental health issues, and specifically addictive behaviours. They teach math skills and life skills side-by-side. Their program will provide five additional beds and will be distributed to several families based on financial need.

Ontario, 2013

St. Michael's Hospital - Toronto, ON

St. Michael's Hospital aims to develop educational and therapeutic resources to support the Mindfulness and Group Therapy program. The group curriculum is being adapted so that the mindfulness practices can be accessible to a broader population. This will include the development of shorter guided meditations which will be distributed on a CD or posted on a website. In addition, DVDs and handouts will be developed for patients to use for their own home practice.

Ontario, 2013

Renascent - Toronto, ON

Renascent's new Mental Health Capacity Building (MHCB) project will enable them to provide focused education to equip their counsellors with the skills and expertise in managing concurrent mental health problems. As a result, Renascent's gender-specific 12-step focused, abstinence-based treatment approach will be more accessible for people with addictions who also present with mood/anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, trauma, suicidal ideation, violence and anger and brain injury.

Ontario, 2013

RainCity Housing and Support Society - Vancouver, BC

In conjunction with the Mental Health Commission's "Chez Soi" project, the Speaker's Bureau will continue to inform the public and stakeholders about their experiences, develop awareness-raising materials for the NEWS project website and access peer and professional support as they transition from "Chez Soi".

British Columbia, 2013

Nipissing University - North Bay, ON

Nipissing University will provide evidence-based training for students as they prepare to enter the classroom. Students will be offered suicide education and training through the Tattered Teddies (12 years of age or younger) and Straight Talk (ages 12-24) curriculums. These programs use interactive teaching to provide strategies to strengthen protective factors, recognize suicide risk factors and warning signs, and practice suicide intervention strategies.

Ontario, 2013

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa - Ottawa, ON

Youth Services Bureau (YSB) is piloting a new Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Program to address the needs of youth ages 12-20 who are experiencing complex and persistent mental health issues. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and concepts of stress tolerance, acceptance, and mindfulness. The pilot will consist of a series of 12 week DBT programs being offered for some of the most at risk youth in the community as well as a parent/caregiver education.

Ontario, 2013

Renfrew Victoria Hospital - Renfrew, ON

Mental Health Link will provide key information about mental health to first responders in the pre-hospital care environment via smartphone applications and the internet. Information will include how to interact with persons suffering from mental illness, assessment and diagnosis, psychiatric medication, treatment options, and mental health intervention in disaster situations.

Ontario, 2013

Brock University - St. Catharines, ON

Brock University will educate teaching assistants about mental health, including how to identify and address the early signs, and what services are available to post-secondary students. Teaching assistants work directly with students in small groups, making them uniquely able to create connections and provide guidance. They will also help reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues by engaging students, as well as normalizing and highlighting peer experiences.

Ontario, 2013

Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology - Sudbury, ON

Cambrian College will train and certify four staff/faculty members as MHFA trainers. Following the training, MHFA will be incorporated directly into the curriculum of a number of programs, including Police Foundations, Community and Justice Services, Social Services, Child and Youth Worker and Health Sciences programs which work with high risk individuals.

Ontario, 2013

Make Children Better Now Association - Thamesville, ON

SNAP (Stop Now And Plan) is an evidence-based, gender sensitive, cognitive behavioural multi-component and family-focused program for under 12 offenders. This program will provide children with mental health services to help address their extreme behavioural issues and avoid future criminal activity. It will teach them how to stop and think before they act and come up with effective solutions to their problems.

Ontario, 2013

Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane Timiskaming - Timmins, ON

Mental Health Peers & Promotion Project aims to maximize success of post-secondary students dealing with mental health issues. The project will build on CMHA's training capacity, offering four evidence based training courses: Peer Support Skills Training, Wellness Recovery Action Plan Facilitator Training, Mental Health First Aid Training, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills. Training will be offered to students, faculty, community at large.

Ontario, 2013

SKETCH Working Arts for Street Involved and Homeless Youth - Toronto, ON

Young Women in Mind focuses on outreach to young women who face mental health, addiction and trauma issues. By using artistic programs based in community health centres, drop ins and shelters, we will help these young women rebuild their lives and connect with mental health professionals outside of an institutional framework. The program is broken down into three phases: Community outreach and partnership creation, Creative Programming, and Leadership Training.

Ontario, 2013

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Toronto, ON

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario's Ask The Expert Helpline (ATE) is a free support line providing support through telephone, online and in-person. The project aims to expand their services by implementing an outreach campaign to rural communities and the north. The outreach campaign would target larger segments of the population including diverse ethno-cultural and social groups.

Ontario, 2013

Adventure Place - Toronto, ON

Dina Dinosaur Child Treatment Program is an evidence based treatment approach for young children who are experiencing social-emotional and/or behavioural mental health difficulties. The program will use a Social Skills and Problem Solving curriculum which strengthens children's social, emotional and academic competencies such as understanding and communicating feelings, using effective problem solving strategies, managing anger, practicing friendship and conversational skills.

Ontario, 2013

The George Hull Centre for Children and Families - Toronto, ON

The George Hull Centre will expand their frontline services by increasing the number of school/classrooms that will be offered the Fun Friends program and by expanding the Anxiety Groups for Children program so that our George Hull School Focused clinicians would also run groups, offering at least one and possibly two additional clinical treatment groups.

Ontario, 2013

The Cleaning Solution Society - Vancouver, BC

The Cleaning Solution is a non-profit social enteprise providing supportive and quality employement for those living with mental illness. Funds will be dedicated to providing employment support services.

British Columbia, 2013

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia (Crisis Centre) - Vancouver, BC

This program will build capacity in the community through "gatekeeper training" for mental health professionals (teachers, counsellors, youth workers) as well as parents and community groups working with at-risk youth to expand suicide awareness.

British Columbia, 2013

BC Schizophrenia Society Penticton Branch - Penticton, BC

Expansion of the Peer Support Program at Martin House - a psychological rehabilitation program for youth/young adults ages 16-30 who have moderate to severe psychosis, depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder.

British Columbia, 2013

Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia - Victoria, BC

Support for the "Stigma Stomp Program" including: the Stigma Stomp Classroom program; Teens2Twenties Peer Support Group; the Bi-Polar Babe Women's Peer support group; community-based mental health awareness presentations to friends, families, educators, caregivers, businesses and local community service organizations and the Bi-Polar Babe website.

British Columbia, 2013

The Kaleidoscope Mental Health Support Society - Vancouver, BC

Further expansion of Kaleidoscope - a program that offers a safe, stigma-free place for attendees to share their stories with peers who have had similar experiences with mental illness.

British Columbia, 2013

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria - Victoria, BC

Changes: Journey of a Newcomer will increase community capacity for service providers and provide a family nature-based therapy program for immigrants and families with mental health issues by offering cross cultural mental health training to community service providers.

British Columbia, 2013

Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division - Vancouver, BC

As part of the "Blue Wave Program" , the CMHA will develop new materials dedicated to youth ages 13-25, with direction from a team of youth, based on the already successful "Living Life to the Full" program. The request is a collaborative request representing 3 CMHA branches in BC (Delta, Victoria and Interior Region).

British Columbia, 2013

Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia - Halifax, NS

Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia's program supports youth who have experienced violence and mental health issues while equipping them with skills, knowledge, and experience they need to become educators to help stop the cycle of violence. LOVE's programs in Indian Brook and Membertou First Nations communities have been built to respect and embrace Mi'Kmaq culture and traditions while fostering success, youth voice and community leadership.

Atlantic, 2013

Shelter Nova Scotia - Halifax, NS

Shelter Nova Scotia will train their front line staff in MHFA training/Suicide prevention training. Shelter Nova Scotia provides support and services to men and women who transition from prison to community living. They operate 5 facilities in HRM that provide over 44,000 bed nights per year to people who otherwise may have nowhere to turn.

Atlantic, 2013

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation - Charlottetown, PE

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation is starting a program called the ‘Mental Health Care Initiatives -Caring for adolescents and adults' program. The program will provide mental health patients with an opportunity to interact with others and develop cooperation and team building skills. Patients will learn to deal with success and failure in a safe environment. Bell's support will allow the hospital to purchase equipment for the program.

Atlantic, 2013

Conception Bay Family Resource Program Inc. - Conception Bay South, NL

Conception Bay Family Resource Program Inc. will bring two trainers from the Pacific Post-Partum Support Society in British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador to conduct a two day support group training for staff. This is the first group in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador that is dedicated to the support of mothers in the postpartum period who may be struggling with depression or anxiety.

Atlantic, 2013

Victoria Hospitals Foundation - Victoria, BC

Bell Let’s Talk funds will enable 2 physicians to train in a new treatment – repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) – being made available in B.C. for the first time in 2016 through Royal Jubilee Hospital. After training at Harvard University and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, these physicians will share their knowledge with other Island Health physicians and caregivers who will use or refer clients to this novel treatment for depression and hallucinations in patients who don’t respond to psychiatric medications.

British Columbia, 2015

The Canadian Mental Health Association, South Cariboo Branch - Williams Lake, BC

The Association will offer free on-site mental health workshops for staff of Cariboo employers in up to 10 communities, including mills, mines, First Nations bands and school districts. This will enable the CMHA to reach a large new audience that often overlooks, misunderstands or lacks access to mental health supports. It will also educate employers on the business benefits of reducing stress in their employee base and increasing productivity by being more engaged in the mental health of their staff, leading to an overall reduction in stigma.

British Columbia, 2015

Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver Fraser Branch - Vancouver, BC

Bell Let’s Talk supports an early intervention program for teens whose parents have a serious mental illness, providing them with the coping skills to help them to affirm themselves despite their challenges at home. The teens participate in recreation-based programming for 12 months, including activities such as snowboarding, horseback riding and swimming, all of which enable the young people to avoid social isolation, develop strong friendships and build resilience that significantly reduces the risk of developing mental illness themselves.

British Columbia, 2015

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs -Kelowna, BC

To increase access to mental health assistance for kids from 3-19 and their families, Bell Let’s Talk supports the Talking About Wellness program, its open discussion approach to reduce stigma and its 3 streams: Flex Your Head, which provides kids from 13-18 with stress-management strategies; Friends for Life/Fun Friends which helps kids from 3-12 learn to cope with the many changes they face as they grow; and Mind Over Mood Bootcamp which assists teens who harm themselves or struggle with intense emotions.

British Columbia, 2015

Take A Hike Youth At Risk Foundation - Vancouver, BC

Focused on instilling positive change in the mental health of at-risk youth, Take a Hike (TAH) is an alternative education program that provides a unique combination of academics, therapy, adventure-based learning and community involvement for young people struggling with a wide range of issues such as addiction, low self-esteem, anxiety, attention deficit and depression. Bell Let’s Talk funding supports full-time therapists who are with the participants every day in Vancouver, Trail and Burnaby in the only program of its kind in B.C.

British Columbia, 2015

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta - Red Deer, AB

The Society will use the grant to help launch a series of webcasts to ensure clients and their families who live in rural areas of the province are aware of and have access to the wide range of programs offered to people living with schizophrenia and related disorders, plus their family members. Using Skype, Adobe Connects and other interactive programs, the webcasts will enhance the effectiveness of programs such as peer support, phone support, illness management and family support.

Prairies, 2015

Suicide Prevention Resource Centre - Grande Prairie, AB

The Centre is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to expand its Breakfast Club program for kids from 9-12 to meet demand that has increased significantly in the 3 years since the program was created to serve even younger kids. The Centre will add 2 workshops for young people experiencing conflict or emotional struggles, providing them with better social supports and enabling them to develop better coping skills, self-esteem and the ability to make more healthy choices

Prairies, 2015

Canadian Mental Health Association, Winnipeg - Winnipeg, MB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable CMHA to bring its flagship program – Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health – to Manitoba for the first time, complete with material adapted to address the unique concerns of the indigenous population. Bounce Back teaches cognitive behavioural therapy skills to people with low-to-moderate depression and anxiety, better equipping them to achieve their own life goals. The launch of the program in Manitoba also gives primary care providers a much-needed treatment option for an underserved population.

Prairies, 2015

Mental Health Association of Yukon - Whitehorse, YU

Bell’s grant will enable the Association to augment a cognitive behavioural therapy-based program for people struggling with low mood, anxiety and depression issues, both in person and via video-conferencing, a first and much needed approach for delivering support to more remote areas. Over 8 sessions, a facilitator will provide participants with strategies to maximize their ability to deal with life's challenges, including material that is specifically tailored for teenagers and First Nations communities.

Northern-Canada, 2015

Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation - Burlington, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will help sustain the CAP Clinic, the community’s primary access point for children and adolescents in need of mental health services. The clinic provides direct and timely access to the full spectrum of mental health services including assessment, treatment and aftercare. Since 2013, the clinic has seen a 400% jump in referrals for services and assessment, including a 310% increase in access to the child and adolescent psychiatrist and a 157% increase in access to the clinic social worker.

Ontario, 2015

Kindercare Foundation -Toronto, ON

With support from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, the Foundation will provide more access to practical workshops to support parents as they strive to support their children suffering from mental illness across the GTA. It will also disseminate throughout the community the Practical Skills for Parents video series, as well as the Workshop Facilitator Manual, to share this practical approach with more families, community organizations and health providers.

Ontario, 2015

Lanark County Mental Health, Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital - Smiths Falls, ON

The funded program answers increasing demand from clients who want ongoing support after their primary group programs have wound up. Specifically, it would enable the agency to train 14 people as peer group facilitators with the Ontario Peer Development Initiative. These peer support workers would then be able to serve the needs of about 150 group clients a year for up to a year, to ensure they continue to get support for mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, trauma, anxiety, depression or symptoms of psychosis.

Ontario, 2015

Lutherwood Foundation - Waterloo, ON

As the lead agency for children’s mental health services in Waterloo Region, Lutherwood serves more than 22,500 people annually, including those in the highly successful Connect Parenting Group pilot program which helps foster healthier parent-child relationships, particularly where the children suffer from serious mental health challenges. Bell Let’s Talk community funding will support training for more facilitators and the development of the program so that it reaches more families.

Ontario, 2015

Malvern Family Resource Centre - Scarborough, ON

Thanks in large part to Bell Let’s Talk community funding, the centre will launch a Seniors Supporting Seniors Peer Mental Health and Wellness program to address diverse mental health needs of the older population which is vulnerable to depression, illness, isolation and elder abuse. The program will offer weekly hot lunches, group counselling, monthly education sessions and weekly social activities as well as referrals to more formal mental health support resources as needed.

Ontario, 2015

New Path Youth and Family Services - Barrie, ON

New Path provides residential treatment for youths who can no longer live at home due to mental health challenges. Bell Let’s Talk community funding will support hiring a youth transitional support worker who will work with clients and their families on a case-by-case basis to investigate living options and identify supports needed to ensure a successful transition out of residential care for the young person. The case management includes follow-up to ensure the transition remains on track.

Ontario, 2015

Nexus Youth Services - Mississauga, ON

With support from the Bell Let’s Talk community fund, Nexus will hire a full-time mental health clinician for its Nexus Youth Centre. The centre is a safe haven for youth, offering mental health support, daily activities and group programs, all free of charge 5 days a week. Programs are designed to connect with youth who are not comfortable accessing traditional mental health care settings. The clinician will provide free drop-in counselling and referrals for youth aged 14-24 for youth in need.

Ontario, 2015

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) - Sudbury, ON

In an initiative to educate and promote wellness and resilience for its Postgraduate Education (PGE) residents (physicians in their post-MD training years), NOSM is creating Wellness Peer Networks with support from Bell Let’s Talk community funding. By developing curriculum for skills in crucial conversations and cultural competency for PGE residents, linking mental health resources and developing supportive networks, there will be a positive impact on the mental health and well-being of those who live in rural and remote northern communities. Using the School’s advanced technology, including video-conferencing, these networks will promote resilience and wellness, reduce the stigma of mental illness, and develop healthcare professionals who can address mental health issues in Northern Ontario including First Nation and Francophone communities.

Ontario, 2015

Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health - Whitby, ON

Ontario Shores will invest its Bell Let’s Talk grant in enhancing its Transitional Aged Youth Outpatient clinic which serves people aged 16-25. The aim is to reduce the waiting list which now numbers more than 270 young adults waiting for the anxiety and mood, traumatic stress and borderline personality clinics. The grant will help decrease hospitalization through earlier interventions, provide personalized treatment plans, and establish stronger community partnerships to support the patients' discharge path.

Ontario, 2015

Parents’ Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLEO) - Ottawa, ON

With the help of Bell Let’s Talk funding, this organization will offer a Family Support Provision program providing one-on-one, face-to-face support to help reduce wait times for mental health services for families of children and youth with complex issues, by enabling them to connect with less well-known community programs that offer faster access. A Family Support Provider (FSP) will work with up to 48 families, providing each with a support plan that includes information on resources, a crisis plan and will help develop a collaborative relationship between patients, their caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Ontario, 2015

Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre - Toronto, ON

PARC provides a place of safety for people discharged from mental health care centres who are living on the streets or in rooming houses in the Parkdale neighbourhood. Bell Let's Talk funding will enhance PARC’s peer accompaniment program in numerous ways, including increased training for staff, a streamlined monitoring system and the production of a video to promote the program as a model from which other organizations can learn, thus enabling more clients to benefit from early crisis intervention and maintain follow-up care appointments.

Ontario, 2015

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk will support the acquisition of a database management system to enable the Society to expand its Ask the Expert (ATE) program to meet demand that has quadrupled in the last 5 years. ATE is Canada's only support line assisting families and individuals living with schizophrenia and psychosis, staffed by counsellors and crisis intervention workers who provide counselling and advice on accessing the proper support. This is especially important for those in rural communities where access to customized services does not exist.

Ontario, 2015

St. Michael’s Hospital - Toronto, ON

With support from Bell Let’s Talk, the hospital will acquire a comprehensive curriculum of material for its STAR (Supporting Transitions and Recovery) Learning Centre, Canada's first recovery college. This is a new way to support mental health recovery through education rather than traditional health services. STAR is led by individuals with lived experience of mental health issues, aided by mental health professionals, and includes instruction in recovery action planning, applied suicide intervention skills and mental health first aid.

Ontario, 2015

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa - Ottawa, ON

The Society will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to establish group sessions in cognitive behavioural therapy for women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. These sessions will target low-income, at-risk women who cannot afford private counselling and include individual counselling as needed. Along with benefits for the women involved, it will also reduce pressure on emergency services by offering support in the community to augment health care services at the Royal Ottawa.

Ontario, 2015

Toronto Rehab Foundation - Toronto, ON

As Canada’s largest centre for adult physical rehabilitation, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to establish Let’s Connect, an early-intervention program to address the mental health challenges of people with spinal cord injury, in particular during the months just prior to and just after discharge when the risk of psychological distress is highest. It will also offer workshops and a webinar to further educate clinicians and the broader public about the specific issues facing these patients.

Ontario, 2015

West Nipissing Suicide Prevention Task Force - Sturgeon Falls, ON

Through Project Hope, the task force will extend its community-based suicide prevention activity into the school systems to decrease stigma, increase awareness and allow people touched by suicide and mental illness to share their experiences. Project Hope will train facilitators in proven programs that give advice on how to talk about suicide and access local resources. It will also organize a large community event in conjunction with a Flame of Hope ceremony to give the issues an even higher public profile.

Ontario, 2015

Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch - Barrie, ON

Bell Let’s Talk supports the CARE Project which provides crisis intervention services to clients who experience serious and persistent mental illness, dual diagnoses and concurrent disorders. In addition to short-term intensive case management, the project will also develop and distribute wellness kits that include information on customized coping strategies and information on various services in the community to supplement the efforts of a staff member who, among other things, will ride along with police on Mental Health Act calls.

Ontario, 2015

Children’s Health Foundation - London, ON

To address long wait lists for children and adolescents experiencing mental health issues, Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the Foundation’s Wait List Project which intends to continue to pilot, evaluate and implement new ways to reduce wait times. In the last year, the project has cut the average wait time from more than a year to less than 6 months but with further innovation, leaders believe they can make even more changes to enable more youth to get faster access to care as well as help other organizations make similar advances in their communities.

Ontario, 2015

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami - Ottawa, ON

Faced with high suicide rates among its constituents, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami – the representative organization for Inuit in Canada – is developing a national Inuit suicide prevention strategy that will be supported by the grant from Bell Let’s Talk. The strategy will involve close collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, including justice, education, corrections, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Mental Health Council of Canada, and the community. This will inevitably build capacity to be better equipped to find solutions.

Ontario, 2015

JEVI Centre de prevention du suicide, Estrie - Sherbrooke, QC

This organization has seen a 140% increase in traffic in the last 5 years to its suicide prevention hotline, an entry point to numerous programs offered by the group throughout the region to young people, adults and seniors, as well as their friends and families. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable them to add more staff to ensure the hotline can keep up with demand.

Quebec, 2015

L'Arrêt-Source - Montréal, QC

To help young women who face mental health, abuse, addiction and family challenges, l'Arrêt-Source has created a program in collaboration with the Victoria Institute to provide women aged 18-30 with the skills they need to re-integrate into society. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support this intervention program which is unique in Québec. It includes weekly group meetings covering skills development, effective interpersonal relationships, self awareness and emotional self regulation. The program also includes individualized follow-up.

Quebec, 2015

L'Envolée - Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC

To extend its support for people with mental health problems, l’Evolée piloted Dynamo ISM, a platform compiling information and resources on a website. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the organization to hire staff to launch a second phase of Dynamo ISM, disseminating the information more proactively through community partners using tactics such as background visits, a monthly newsletter, awareness-raising events and an active presence on social media to strengthen collaboration among support agencies.

Quebec, 2015

La Fondation de ma vie - Chicoutimi, QC

The Foundation offers a free program for up to 50 young people at a time, promoting physical activities to normalize their lives as they deal with a variety of disorders, from depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support this program which, working in collaboration with the outpatient clinic of the Centre for Health and Social Services Chicoutimi (CSSSC), provides access to activities linked to the interests and strengths of the adolescents in order to build their physical well-being and self esteem.

Quebec, 2015

Centre périnatal Le Berceau - Beloeil, QC

In its work to support new parents and combat post-partum depression and other mental health issues that can arise from giving birth, the Centre’s Cradle program offers a variety of services from prenatal classes to breast-feeding support. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a new pilot program that provides free group support for mothers and families, providing three 15-week sessions a year that include guest speakers, mother/baby bonding exercises and group meetings for peer support.

Quebec, 2015

Le Pont de Rouyn-Noranda - Rouyn-Noranda, QC

This organization works to improve the rehabilitation and social integration of adults with mental health difficulties, aged 18 years and older. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will offer a program called “Autonomy in Everyday Life” to their clients, providing them with guidance in all key aspects of living in the community life, such apartment living, personal hygiene, cooking and laundry skills and through the group’s Kitchen Court, basic meal preparation and food preservation.

Quebec, 2015

Maison du Père - Montréal, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable Maison du Père to engage an additional nurse to support the rehabilitation of its clients, most of whom are homeless and suffer from a wide variety of mental disorders. The organization offers temporary housing and access to resources through its own clinicians and other healthcare partners. The new staff person is essential to meet significantly increased demand and to continue to offer a full slate of support, including ongoing monitoring.

Quebec, 2015

Maison l'Eclaircie de Montréal - Montréal, QC

In support of Maison l'Eclaircie – which offers round-the clock transitional residential care plus individual clinical and psycho-social therapy for adults with severe psychosis or personality disorders – Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable a new workshop program focused on teaching clients about healthy food choices and cooking so that they are more able to take care of themselves when they leave the home. The workshops also promote social interaction to combat isolation that often intensifies the underlying disorder.

Quebec, 2015

Maison l'Éclaircie de Québec City - Québec City, QC

La Maison l’Éclaircie is the only community organization in Québec that focuses on people 14 and over who suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, providing a supportive living environment plus group and individual interventions. The residential nature of the support enables staff to take into account all aspects of a client’s life. With the Bell Let’s Talk funding, the organization will hire a social worker and nutritionist to lead 3-6 group sessions as well as offer individual counselling.

Quebec, 2015

PECH - Québec City, QC

Located in Québec’s inner city, PECH offers services to those with mental health issues complicated by homelessness, criminal activity or addictions. With funding from Bell Let’s Talk, PECH will launch a new group intervention program with a focus on peer support and social diversity. This will enable the organization to reach more people in need and their families.

Quebec, 2015

YWCA Québec - Québec City, QC

Serving more than 250 women with mental health disorders every year, the YWCA will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding in an additional social worker to enhance the support offered. Among other things, this person will accompany clients to important appointments, arrange activities for the clients and help them maintain their residential stability at the Y or at their permanent lodgings. The staff member will also offer workshops related to mental health to raise awareness of the issues and share knowledge of available resources for help.

Quebec, 2015

Association canadienne pour la santé mentale, filiale du Bas du Fleuve - Rimouski, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the publication of a new edition of this organization’s mental health kit which contains a wealth of information on troubleshooting, caregiving, crisis accommodations and indeed, all the resources available to those who need help in the region. Funds would be used to hire a person to update the information and to print 10,000 additional copies of the kit, along with 80,000 cards to spread awareness of the organization and its role in connecting people with the help they need.

Quebec, 2015

ALPABEM - Association Lavalloise de Parents et Amis pour le Bien-Être mental - Laval, QC

To more effectively reach people aged 12-25 years in a non-traditional way, ALPABEM will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop a web platform that will feature tools for intervention, general information, psycho-educational exercises, video clips, FAQs and references to other resources. The site will support different means of communication, from Skype and testing to chat and calls. The need is critical since only 38% of young people are assessed or receive intervention for their needs.

Quebec, 2015

Association Bénévole Amitié - Montréal, QC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the Association to hire an educator to help the social integration of its clients. This person will teach hygiene, help clients organize and maintain their homes and will lead group shopping expeditions to teach about nutritional diets and weight control. The educator will also organize beauty days to increase the clients’ self esteem, set up seminars on topics such as quitting smoking and organize an art workshop, the goal of which will be to create a public exhibition that will be therapeutic and raise awareness.

Quebec, 2015

Carrefour jeunesse-emploi d'Abitibi-Est - Val D’Or, QC

To further their work in supporting young people aged 16-35 in returning to school or finding work, this organization will invest its Bell Let’s Talk grant in another staff member. The organization helps with job searches, teaches youth entrepreneurship and supports new immigrants, improving their quality of life and reducing the stress of mental health and social integration issues. This new staff person will work directly with each client, ensuring his or her needs are met, and will advocate for the clients among the various community resources.

Quebec, 2015

Centre St-Pierre - Montréal, QC

The Centre has been training and intervening for groups and individuals for 40 years and will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant in a project that aims to increase access to psychotherapy services in the Montreal area. The donation will help Centre St-Pierre to increase the number of people who receive psychotherapy services at a reduced rate based on their income to increase from 400 to 475 people per year. Being located in the Centre-Sud area of Montreal, Centre St-Pierre is reminded each day of the links between poverty, social isolation and psychological suffering. While demand for psychological assistance is growing, the services offered through the public system have been declining for a number of years.

Quebec, 2015

CIPTO-LAB (Centre d'intervention et prévention en toxicomanie, point de service le LAB) - Gatineau, QC

LAB uses art as an intervention method to reach marginalized youth (16-30 years old) and encourage their participation in treatment for mental health issues and addictions. Bell Let’s Talk funding would support a project in which clients would work together in workshops to create 6 works of art, each on a different mental health theme. The art will then be the centrepiece of a community event to raise awareness and funds.

Quebec, 2015

Nazareth Community - Montréal, QC

In what could be termed Bell Bucks for Beehives, Bell Let’s Talk funds will enable Nazareth House to purchase 4 beehives as part of its program for 23 resident men struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Along with programs such as yoga, art and music offered by the organization, the beehives will be therapeutic for the men, enabling them to connect with nature through the concrete action of beekeeping. As well, the honey produced by their efforts is a useful marketing tool for the organization.

Quebec, 2015

Entraide Saint-Michel - Montréal, QC

The Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow Entraide Saint-Michel to offer workshops aimed to develop the communication skills of Entraide Saint-Michel members who are living with mental health issues. The communication workshops offered within this project will be developed and led by a staff member who will be dedicated to this project. The goal will be to give participants the tools to recognize their needs, understand themselves better, dialogue with others and build healthy relationships, thereby facilitating their reintegration into society.

Quebec, 2015

Fédération des familles et amis de la personne atteinte de maladie mentale - Québec City, QC

This organization will leverage Bell Let’s Talk funding to launch a training program – Learning to Approach without Aggression – across Québec. This is a peer-to-peer program, led by facilitators who teach parents techniques to build healthy relationships with their adolescents and avoid escalations into aggressive and potentially harmful behaviours. The plan is to significantly augment the current roster of 20 trainers to extend the reach of the program to hundreds of people.

Quebec, 2015

Fondation de l'Université de Sherbrooke - Sherbrooke, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a 4-point program to improve and expand services offered by the Psychological Intervention Centre of the University of Sherbrooke which provides short and medium term counseling service for people 18 and over in the great Eastern Townships region. Faculty will identify problems for which few resources are available, develop new training programs for staff, more proactively promote the Centre’s service and refine its referral programs.

Quebec, 2015

Fondation Marie-Vincent - Montréal, QC

Specializing in the treatment of children who are victims of sexual assault, the Marie-Vincent Foundation will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant to increase its ability to deliver its innovative and highly effective therapeutic treatment to more children in a timely fashion. The demand is immense as each week up to 60 children come to the Marie-Vincent Centre of Expertise. A new therapist will enable the Centre to reduce the wait list for the therapy which is most effective in eliminating long-term effects if delivered soon after the assault.

Quebec, 2015

Fondation Portage - Montréal, QC

For 42 years, Portage has helped people struggling with drug addictions. With help from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, it will expand its Avenue Lionel-Groulx facility to 9 beds and add the appropriate program supports. Specifically, the Bell grant will enable the hiring of educators to work with the clients to help them achieve lasting sobriety.

Quebec, 2015

Fondation Sainte-Croix/Hériot - Drummondville, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the foundation through the Parachute program of CSSS Drummond. This enables people suffering from depression to get faster support, reducing the wait times for traditional psychological services from up to 8 months down to as little as 4 weeks through a program that includes a combination of self care, collaborative care and counselling on diet and exercise. Parachute, which is expected to open 75 places this year, also offers flexible programs so working people can attend sessions.

Quebec, 2015

East Hants Family Resource Centre - Elmsdale, NS

The East Hants Family Resource Centre will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant for a mental health support program for expectant and new moms. The funds would provide facilitation by a public health nurse and childcare for a 6-night prenatal program for women, including healthy meals and small giveaways such as baby blankets and diapers. The program will cover healthy relationships, addictions, mental health, breastfeeding support, comfort measures in labour and community supports as well as a Moms Mental Health Kit.

Atlantic, 2015

Newfoundland and Labrador English School District - St. John’s, NL

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable two instructors to be trained in mental health first aid (MHFA) and then provide 2-day training sessions for school administrators in 69 junior and senior high schools, covering 59% of the student population in the province. The MHFA training will not only equip the school administrators with the skills they need on a daily basis to support the students, but will enable them to act as mental health leaders in their schools for both staff and students.

Atlantic, 2015

Atlantic Wellness Community Center (AWCC) - Riverview, NB

To support its youth-focused mental health strategy, the AWCC will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant to enhance its Open Doors project, adding 750 clinical hours at the center, enabling more early intervention. The center assumes the role of case manager and provides a full-service treatment plan for youths and their families, enabling them to get help more quickly and more effectively to prevent or reduce the personal, social and financial burdens of mental illness.

Atlantic, 2015

Mental Health & Wellness Division

Mental health training opportunities in Nunavut are limited due to the geographic size and cost of transportation. This project will provide professional development training for frontline mental health and wellness staff to better meet the needs of the region. Some of the project focus areas will include working from a strength-based client-centred practice, motivational interviewing and narrative approaches and developing practice methodologies that will encompass Inuit knowledge, traditions and values.

Northern-Canada, 2011

The Support Network

This project will expand the volunteer training program providing improved access to mental health crisis services. Community members who need access to their services will be supported with improved coping mechanisms which will decrease the strain on other community resources. The program will provide valuable communication and other life skills for volunteers and ensure the Crisis Support Centre has the resources needed to deliver this valuable mental health service.

Northern-Canada, 2013

Stanton Territorial Health Authority

This program will improve the delivery of mental health services across Northern Canada. It will allow for the co-ordination of care for mental health patients from their first contact with the health or justice system to their return home. The program includes many facets of capacity building including: Improved training of front line staff in the police, health and justice systems.

Northern-Canada, 2013

Health and Wellness, Student Life, University of Toronto, ON

This project has three priority areas of focus: raising awareness of mental illness/mental health at the post secondary education level; providing opportunities for education and learning about mental health and illness; and nurturing a community where students who are struggling with mental health issues have improved access to care, while feeling included and a sense of belonging to the community. Going forward, Health and Wellness, Student Life aims to create a mental health strategy which is sustainable and which, over time, may become integrated into the campus culture.

Ontario, 2012

Canadian Mental Health Association, Fredericton/Oromocto Region, Inc. NB

The "Fun Friends" and "Friends for Life" anxiety prevention program for children and youth will fill the gap in services recognized by both the school district and local mental health centre. This program will help children and youth manage the effects of anxiety and build resilience and will directly benefit teachers, support workers, community workers, counsellors and parents.

Atlantic, 2012

Arviat Youth Piliriqatigit/Hamlet of Arviat, NU

Arviat Youth Piliriqatigit (AYP) is an organization which was initially formed by youth to provide peer support and interventions targeted at youth suicide prevention. In response to the lack of counselling services in the community, they will train 25 community members in the Wraparound process. The Ikajutigiitsaigit Project will provide a vehicle for youth-to-youth counselling and support, a process for re-engaging families in shared relationship healing by bringing together resources as a community and wrapping them around those in crisis. It will establishes a core group of young and engaged community caregivers who we can also deliver training and support.

Northern-Canada, 2012