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. 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

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

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.

Community fund Quebec 2015

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.

Community fund 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.

Community fund 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.

Community fund Ontario 2015

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.

Major gifts Quebec 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.

Community fund Quebec 2015

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.

Community fund Atlantic 2015

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.

Community fund Quebec 2015