Growing the global conversation and supporting Canada’s mental health.

The impact of each interaction on Bell Let’s Talk Day has been felt across the nation. Thank you to all those who continue to speak up about mental illness. Let’s keep the conversation going and work together to create a stigma-free Canada.

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AGIR en santé mentale – Québec

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

Community fund Quebec 2016

Ami-Québec - Montréal, QC

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

Community fund Quebec 2016

Artbeat Studio Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

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

Community fund Prairies 2016

Artists in Healthcare Manitoba – Selkirk, MB

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

Community fund Prairies 2016

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

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

Community fund Quebec 2016

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

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

Community fund Ontario 2016

Canadian Bipolar Association – North Vancouver, BC

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

Community fund British Columbia 2016

Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region – Calgary, AB

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

Community fund Prairies 2016