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.

The 2018 Community Fund application window is now open and runs until March 31, 2018. 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

740,145

Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million

donated

to mental health initiatives

1,051,599

crisis and distress

line callers

492,058

children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs

212,260

individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs

4,265

trained staff and volunteers

3,517

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund

4 out of 5

Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

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 Quebec 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 Quebec 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 Quebec 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 Quebec 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 Quebec 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 Quebec 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 Quebec 2016

Fondation Santé Nicolet-Bécancour-Yamaska – Nicolet, QC

With Bell Let’s Talk funding and the collaboration of the renowned Douglas Mental Health Institute , the Foundation is supporting a new peer support person, someone who has experienced mental health challenges and who is able to mentor others in overcoming their issues. This person will also be a key liaison among health agencies in the local service network ensuring that the resources of all partners and community organizations in the territory are available to those who need them.

Community fund Quebec 2016