Creating positive change 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. Together, we can all play a role in creating positive change.

The Bell Let’s Talk 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. In July 2020, Bell Let’s Talk announced a new $5 million Diversity Fund to support the mental health and well-being of members of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities across Canada. In January 2021 we launched the new Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund to support Canadian colleges and universities in implementing the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students.

To learn more about all Bell Let’s Talk funding opportunities click here.

Small action. Big impact.

1,491,774,955

Total number of interactions

$129,588,747.75

committed

to mental health initiatives

888

Community Fund grants

$28.6 million in funding

Young Canadians

$3.3 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$2.1 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,300 organizations who have supported

5,556,332

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 million

in Community Fund grants

2,427,991

crisis and distress

line users

2,159,817

children & youth reached

909,000

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,469,600

trained staff and volunteers

22,824

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

78%

of Canadians reported believing attitudes about mental illness have changed for the better

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2022

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AGIR en santé mentale – Québec

Thanks in part to Bell Let’s Talk funding, this organization – an umbrella group of 37 agencies across Québec – will offer 15 of its member organizations training in EMILIA (Empowerment of Mental Illness Service users through Life-long learning and Integration Action). As a result, significantly more people will have both theoretical and hands-on training in fighting stigma and creating support networks at the community level, based on a new model of learning already adopted in a dozen other countries.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Ami-Québec - Montréal, QC

The program supported by the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund includes 10 workshops to enhance caregivers' resilience. Face-to-face workshops allow caregivers to share their experiences and experiment with new skills and strategies. Despite the abundance of information available nowadays, face-to-face contact and discussion remain an effective way to learn. The improvement of skills and acquisition of knowledge are expected to alleviate some of the burden caregivers experience.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale (AQRP) – Québec City, QC

To address a gap in support for people who hear voices, the AQRP will earmark Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop and disseminate two-day training sessions for those who deal with those so challenged. The aim is to train trainers to reach out to as many as 24 more groups across the province. As well, the Association, which has about 400 corporate members, plans to organize a plenary conference to raise awareness of the plight of those who hear voices.

Community Fund Québec 2016

CDFM huron-wendat – Wendake, QC

CDFM is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop a comprehensive and sustained wellness and prevention program to supplement the psycho-educational services it offers to francophone First Nations students. The focus is on equipping clients with the skills to take care of themselves and their families and to provide them the information they need to recognize the signs of mental illness and where and how to ask for help.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Centre de prévention du suicide 02 – Chicoutimi, QC

Since the suicide rate of men is 4 times that of women, this Bell Let’s Talk-funded program focuses on supporting men in relationship crisis who are particularly vulnerable in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and the Chapais-Chibougamau regions. The organization’s staff and volunteers will emphasize defusing the crisis and providing follow-up counselling, enabling the men to develop new personal and social skills as well as the willingness to seek assistance.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Centre de Rétablissement le Renfort – Alma, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable this group to add a staff person to focus on enhancing its program to improve the self-management of depression. This person will spearhead workshops in each of the three regions covered by the Centre to address key self-care issues such as anxiety, depression, bi-polarity and self-esteem. Overall, the Centre provides transitional housing and crisis beds, family support and help with integration into society and job placement.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Centretien de Nicolet et Régions – Nicolet, QC

In an initiative to both help people with mental illness develop their potential and raise awareness in the general public, this organization is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to launch a program in which participants explore their mental illness experience through photography. The public exhibit they prepare will be educational for them and help them gain insight into their own challenges. Plus, the exhibit will be an ongoing outreach tool to open up the conversation about mental health with the larger community.

Community Fund Québec 2016

CÉPOP - Centre d’écoinitiatives populaires – Magog, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding is being used to hire a counsellor/trainer to develop a fully rounded horticultural therapy program to promote social integration and self-worth for clients of the Centre. The program includes a garden design suitable for people of different levels of need. The new program will augment the Centre’s initiatives in helping people with a variety of mental health problems through the operation of a garden park, an urban greenhouse and a community cafeteria and catering service.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Corporation le Zéphir Chibougamau-Chapais Inc. – Chibougamau, QC

The organization will augment its already broad range of services to those with mental disorders by creating 3 groups in the region of Nord-du-Québec to support those who hear voices. Through expert-led sessions, supported by peers with similar experiences, participants will learn strategies to tame the voices and improve their self-esteem and confidence. This will also raise the profile of the affliction and serve to reduce the stigma that surrounds it.

Community Fund Québec 2016

D’un couvert à l’autre (DCL) – Longueuil, QC

DCL has helped or is currently helping more than 200 individuals with schizophrenia to integrate into society. With its Bell Let’s Talk grant, the organization is tripling the collaboration it sponsors between people with schizophrenia and social work students in community colleges in the area. This not only helps those with schizophrenia to gain confidence in social settings, it also gives the students real-life insight into the challenges those sufferers face.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Déclic - Montréal, QC

Serving a clientele of young adults with learning challenges and related problems, Déclic is a collective enterprise that provides services to support schooling and social integration. Every year, Déclic offers psychosocial assistance, counselling, coaching and therapy to some 75 individuals in an effort to support their reintegration and continued adult education. And thanks to the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund , Déclic will work with school groups, providing mental health counselling and anxiety management activities to support educational achievement. For the most part, these young people with complex psychosocial profiles don't have access to the care and assistance needed to understand, manage and treat their mental health problems through public services.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Fondation de la santé de Rivière-du-Loup – Rivière-du-Loup, QC

To better support the recovery and re-integration of people with mental health issues into the community, the Foundation is establishing an intervention centre geared at youth aged 14-28 experiencing their first psychosis episode outside of the hospital walls. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support clinical tools targeted to their particular needs.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Fondation du CSSS Cavendish - Montréal, QC

Participe-présent is an innovative program that promotes mental health for seniors through social participation. The program is intended for a population under-served by traditional programs: seniors grappling with mental health issues, living in isolation and social exclusion. With support from the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund, the goal is to promote the use of community resources and services providing opportunities for seniors to enjoy fulfilling social contact and activities. The program offers participants individual meetings to determine their interests, a group workshop, as well as tours of community organizations. The thought-provoking and interactive workshops cover topics such as assertive communication, citizen participation and financial management. After the project is completed, a facilitation kit will be made available in both official languages, complete with all the necessary tools and tips to help other organizations offer the program to seniors in their regions.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Fondation du CSSS de La Côte-de-Gaspé – Gaspé, QC

This funding will enable the creation of a therapeutic arts program focused on photography. Each year, 10 participants – each of them challenged by mental health issues – will learn to express themselves through photography. The program will not only build self-confidence and create new relationships, it will also raise broader awareness of mental illness across the community through an annual public exhibition of the work of those taking part.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Fondation Hôtel-Dieu d’Arthabaska – Victoriaville, QC

To address the needs of patients suffering from borderline personality disorder, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to create a specialized outpatient clinic, staffed by 2 full-time clinicians offering dialectical behavioural therapy. Initially, the clinic would benefit 2 groups of 20 patients a week but over time all members of the Department of Psychiatry will be trained to ensure the support offered by the hospital is able to meet the demand from the community.

Community Fund Québec 2016