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

l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec

Donation of $1million to the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec in support of ground-breaking research to detect early signs of mental illness in youth from families with a history of mental illness. In addition, the deployment of the HoPE project (Horizon Parent-Enfant) a clinic which will improve screening, accessibility and continuity of services for children and adolescents with a parent suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or recurrent major depression.

Major gifts Quebec 2016

Le Havre, groupe d’aide et d’entraide en santé mentale – Thetford Mines, QC

Many people suffering from mental disorders in the MRC des Appalaches need support to develop skills that will enable them to once again be part of the labour market. To address this, Le Havre is augmenting its existing services with a Bell Let’s Talk-funded project that is enabling participants to design, create and sell a range of handicrafts. This enables them to develop or re-discover basic skills, plus learn new interpersonal, business and marketing skills and acquire more self-esteem as their products find success in the market.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Le Rebond, an alternative mental health resource in the La Petite-Patrie neighbourhood - Montréal, QC

The front-line service and community support project, Accueil et soutien communautaire, will provide an individualized plan for people with mental health problems within the Petite-Patrie/Villeray district. This joint initiative is based on the active participation of certain Le Rebond members who will provide attentive, hands-on support and referrals to each and every person the organization assists. Thanks to the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund, these members will receive appropriate training to acquire the skills to ensure that the project runs smoothly. A network of partnerships with other organizations will be developed to facilitate access to the resources required to meet individual needs (health, lodging, employment, civic engagement, etc.). Internet access will further facilitate their efforts. In the first year, this initiative hopes to reach 350 people.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Les Impatients - Montréal, QC

Thanks to the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund, Les Impatients will finally be able to open an art workshop dedicated to people with mental health issues in Sorel, with additional support from the Fondation Hôtel-Dieu de Sorel. Bell's generous donation gives the project stability by ensuring its sustainability for two years. This makes a huge difference in starting up a workshop. In addition to helping direct participants, the support from the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund gives the Sorel community the opportunity to rally around the shared goal of helping people with mental health problems and creating beauty. The Les Impatients organization has been fulfilling its mission of providing support, through artistic expression, to people with mental health issues for the past 25 years.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Logis Rose-Virginie - Montréal, QC

Support from the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund for specialized training will have a significant impact on the ongoing skills development of Logis Rose-Virginie representatives. The program provided by Institut Victoria over a three-year period aims to better equip representatives dealing with personality disorders and improve their therapeutic interventions with those suffering from mental illness, which is a major issue among the homeless clientele.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Point de Rue – Trois-Rivières, QC

This Bell Let’s Talk grant is enabling this organization to fund an outreach street worker to better access homeless people in the city who also have a range of mental disorders. These people are often unwilling or unable to proactively make use of the resources available in Trois-Rivières and must be guided into supportive situations such as Point de Rue’s soup kitchen or the more specialized services of a psychiatric team that is partnered with the program.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Revivre - Montréal, QC

Pursuing its mission of helping people with anxiety, depression or bipolar disorders and their families, Revivre has designed self-care workshops that are now available in eight regions of Québec. These workshops, considered by many to be true social innovations, aim to help people regain control of their health. The Bell Let's Talk Community Fund grant will be used to train workers and professionals who work for mental health non-profit organizations. They will subsequently be able to offer the J'avance! self-care workshops in their region. That's two more regions whose populations will have access to the workshops, for a total of 10 regions served in Québec. Support from Bell Let's Talk will help Revivre achieve two milestones: the 2,000th participant in the workshops and the 25th city served – all coinciding with the organization's 25th anniversary.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Service d’Intégration au Travail de la Mauricie – Trois-Rivières, QC

Currently the organization provides employment opportunities for 200 people living with mental illness in the Mauricie region, largely through recovery and recycling of metals and the manufacture and sale of stained glass. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the hiring of an additional social worker to increase the number of job opportunities on offer and to augment the number of partner companies who will provide places for clients to re-integrate into the community.

Community fund Quebec 2016