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

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 Quebec 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 Quebec 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 Quebec 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 Quebec 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 Quebec 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 Quebec 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 Quebec 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 Quebec 2016