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 is providing 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. Click here for more information.

Small action. Big impact.

867,449,649

Total number of interactions

+$9

million

in Community Fund grants

534

Community Fund grants

$3.53 million in grants

Children & Youth

$788K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.6 million in grants

Military family support

1,208,040

Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million

donated

to mental health initiatives

1,399,890

crisis and distress

line callers

499,310

children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs

334,390

individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs

851,050

trained staff and volunteers

8,410

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund

87%

of Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

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.

Community fund Quebec 2014

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

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

Community fund Quebec 2014

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

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

Community fund Quebec 2014

First Peoples Innovation Centre - Gatineau, QC

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

Community fund Quebec 2014

Fondation Hôpital Pierre-Boucher - Longueuil, QC

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

Community fund Quebec 2014

L’Autre Rive - Sherbrooke, QC

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

Community fund Quebec 2014

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

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

Community fund Quebec 2014

La Maison du Goéland - St-Constant, QC

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

Community fund Quebec 2014