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

Nazareth Community - Montréal, QC

In what could be termed Bell Bucks for Beehives, Bell Let’s Talk funds will enable Nazareth House to purchase 4 beehives as part of its program for 23 resident men struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Along with programs such as yoga, art and music offered by the organization, the beehives will be therapeutic for the men, enabling them to connect with nature through the concrete action of beekeeping. As well, the honey produced by their efforts is a useful marketing tool for the organization.

Community fund Quebec 2015

ALPABEM - Association Lavalloise de Parents et Amis pour le Bien-Être mental - Laval, QC

To more effectively reach people aged 12-25 years in a non-traditional way, ALPABEM will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop a web platform that will feature tools for intervention, general information, psycho-educational exercises, video clips, FAQs and references to other resources. The site will support different means of communication, from Skype and testing to chat and calls. The need is critical since only 38% of young people are assessed or receive intervention for their needs.

Community fund Quebec 2015

Association Bénévole Amitié - Montréal, QC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the Association to hire an educator to help the social integration of its clients. This person will teach hygiene, help clients organize and maintain their homes and will lead group shopping expeditions to teach about nutritional diets and weight control. The educator will also organize beauty days to increase the clients’ self esteem, set up seminars on topics such as quitting smoking and organize an art workshop, the goal of which will be to create a public exhibition that will be therapeutic and raise awareness.

Community fund Quebec 2015

Association canadienne pour la santé mentale, filiale du Bas du Fleuve - Rimouski, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the publication of a new edition of this organization’s mental health kit which contains a wealth of information on troubleshooting, caregiving, crisis accommodations and indeed, all the resources available to those who need help in the region. Funds would be used to hire a person to update the information and to print 10,000 additional copies of the kit, along with 80,000 cards to spread awareness of the organization and its role in connecting people with the help they need.

Community fund Quebec 2015

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

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