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

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.

Community fund Quebec 2015

Fondation Marie-Vincent - Montréal, QC

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

Community fund Quebec 2015

Fondation Portage - Montréal, QC

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

Community fund 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.

Community fund Quebec 2015

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami - Ottawa, ON

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

Community fund 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.

Community fund 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.

Community fund Ontario 2015

Kindercare Foundation -Toronto, ON

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

Community fund Ontario 2015