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

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

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

Fédération des familles et amis de la personne atteinte de maladie mentale - Québec City, QC

This organization will leverage Bell Let’s Talk funding to launch a training program – Learning to Approach without Aggression – across Québec. This is a peer-to-peer program, led by facilitators who teach parents techniques to build healthy relationships with their adolescents and avoid escalations into aggressive and potentially harmful behaviours. The plan is to significantly augment the current roster of 20 trainers to extend the reach of the program to hundreds of people.

Community fund Quebec 2015

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

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