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. 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

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

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

LaRue Bécancour – Bécancour, QC

For more than 20 years, LaRue Bécancour has been helping men aged 20 to 70 who suffer from mental health challenges. The Bell Let’s Talk funds will support an additional social worker who will work with the men in the streets to build relationships and make referrals to professional care networks, a peer helper, a street nurse or other resources.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Le CAP (Centre d'apprentissage parallèle de Montréal) – Montréal, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support Le CAP’s initiative to ease reintegration into society for those experiencing psychological difficulties by enhancing the existing creative therapy programs. Specifically, the grant will help develop 10 individual exhibitions of art created by the Centre’s clients plus a travelling collective exhibition. By serving as ambassadors for the exhibits, the clients will be better positioned to participate in the broader community.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Le Pavois – Québec, QC

About half the young people on the 2-year waiting list for help in Québec suffer from hearing voices in their heads. Le Pavois, with the help of Bell Let’s Talk community funding, will launch a new program to address that, working with families, teachers, coaches, friends and others to help the clients understand the phenomenon and explore strategies to minimize their impact.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Maison d'Intervention Vivre – Saint-Hubert, QC

Focused on helping those with depression, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to enhance its post-program support for clients who, having completed their intensive treatment, still need individualized help to reintegrate into society and re-establish their social networks. The grant will more than double the follow-up hours available, from 538 to almost 1,300.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Mon Shack... Mes choix... Mon avenir! – Sherbrooke, QC

This organization operates a variety of workshops – collective kitchens, art therapy and physical activity – for young adults up to age 35 who face mental health challenges. It will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to purchase equipment for the various programs which help clients break the isolation and re-connect with the community at large.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Prise II – Montréal, QC

Prise II, an alternative mental health resource, will use the donation from Bell Let's Talk to incorporate a mutual assistance practice into its service offer, and to set up a new group made up of and for people who are completing their journey at Prise II. With this funding, the centre will provide training and experiment with the “intentional peer support” approach, an initiative supported by research and access to other self-help groups.

Community fund Quebec 2017