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.

The 2018 Community Fund will provide grants in the range of $5,000 to $25,000 to projects that improve access to mental health care, supports and services for people in Canada.

The 2018 Community Fund application window is now open and runs until March 31, 2018. Click here for more information.

Small action. Big impact.

867,449,649

Total number of interactions

+$7

million

in Community Fund grants

414

Community Fund grants

$2.54 million in grants

Children & Youth

$646K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.25 million in grants

Military family support

740,145

Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million

donated

to mental health initiatives

1,051,599

crisis and distress

line callers

492,058

children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs

212,260

individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs

4,265

trained staff and volunteers

3,517

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund

4 out of 5

Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

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.

Community fund Quebec 2014

Les Amis de la santé mentale - Dorval, QC

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

Community fund Quebec 2014

Maison Lyse-Beauchamp - Mont-Laurier, QC

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

Community fund Quebec 2014

Mental Illness Foundation - Montréal, QC

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

Community fund Quebec 2014

Old Brewery Mission - Montréal, QC

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

Community fund Quebec 2014

Patros de Jonquière - Jonquiére, QC

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

Community fund Quebec 2014

Pivot Centre-du-Québec - Victoriaville, QC

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

Community fund Quebec 2014

Refuge des Jeunes de Montréal - Montréal, QC

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

Community fund Quebec 2014