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

Habitations Nouveau Départ – Gatineau, QC

This organization, which provides housing for up to 39 people with persistent mental health disorders in 6 locations in the Outaouais region, will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to open a collective kitchen for its clients which will teach new life skills, break down isolation and provide healthy meals at minimal cost, an important factor as most of the participants have low incomes.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Head and Hands – Montréal, QC

To expand its ongoing work with marginalized youth, this organization will use Bell Let's Talk Community funds to support the work of an additional counsellor, 2 street workers and additional administrative support that will enable them to reach about 800 more clients than the current 1,200. Head and Hands provides free long-term counselling and mobile/in person on-the-spot crisis support to youth who cannot access more traditional mental health services due to marginalization or other barriers.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Health Science North Foundation – Sudbury, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable people to access psychiatric crisis support from home via a safe videoconferencing link between the home and hospital psychiatric staff who will be available 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. This enables clients to get in-the-moment psychiatric help in their homes no matter where they live. It will also reduce calls to police services and pressure on the overburdened emergency department.

Community fund Ontario 2017

JFS Ottawa (The Counselling Group) – Ottawa, ON

JFS Ottawa supports individual, family and communal life through direct social service, partnership and advocacy. To enhance the work of its mental health program, The Counselling Group, which works with partners to offer walk-in clinics, the organization will use Bell funds to integrate telephone and e-counselling to provide people in need with remote access to care from trained counsellors.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Kelowna General Hospital Foundation – Kelowna, BC

Within its innovative Foundry Kelowna initiative – a new approach to early intervention in mental health and substance abuse services in the community – the Foundation will leverage BLT funding to hire and train new staff. The focus will be on the all-important Youth Navigator Service which will offer a single place for struggling young people to connect directly to an array of programs and services.

Community fund British Columbia 2017

L'AutonHommie – Québec, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a new service for this organization that annually serves about 500 men in the greater Québec region who are marginalized because of mental health issues. Under the program, L’AutonHommie will provide professional counsellors – lawyers and social workers – to help men understand the specialized language of care giving and navigate the healthcare and support systems, often by attending meetings between the clients and the institutions.

Community fund Quebec 2017

La Maison de l'Espoir de Mont-Joli Inc. – Mont-Joli, QC

As part of its mandate to help people facing substance abuse, mental health issues and homelessness, La Maison de l’Espoir operates a thrift store, le Chiffonnier. Bell Let’s Talk funds will be used to implement a region-wide textile recycling system run through the store to enable its clients to acquire new work-related skills and accelerate their socio-professional re-integration.

Community fund Quebec 2017

La Marée – La Malbaie, QC

This organization provides support for family members of people suffering from mental disorders and will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant to enhance an outreach program that targets young people at risk in Charlevoix high schools. This will enable La Marée to acquire an awareness program called “Les Avatars” with a goal of reaching 200 students a year with information on issues like depression, anxiety and bullying, offering coping tips and resources such as group workshops.

Community fund Quebec 2017