Major grants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

British Columbia, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

Cameray Child and Family Services - Burnaby, BC

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

British Columbia, 2011

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 - 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Increase volunteer training to expand capacity of frontline services.

Prairies, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary Centre Society - Fraser Valley, BC

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

British Columbia, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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