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 2019 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.

1,013,915,275

Total number of interactions

+$9

million

in Community Fund grants

534

Community Fund grants

$3.53 million in grants

Children & Youth

$938k in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.6 million in grants

Military family support

1,208,040

Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$100,695,763.75

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 2011-2019

Refuge des Jeunes de Montréal – Montréal, QC

This initiative will increase support for young people seeking help at the Refuge by providing specific support for youth with mental health problems or signs of anxiety and other behavioral problems. Following their night, they are directed to the Refuge’s Day Center, which is linked to specialised mental health organisations for homeless youth. With the Bell Let’s Talk funds, the organization will work with the young person, who will then be paired with a counselor and accompanied in all the steps with the mental health professionals and, if the need arises, with the family.

Community fund Quebec 2018

RIVO (Intervention network for persons affected by organized violence) – Montréal, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable RIVO to extend its expertise outside of Montréal by providing on-site training to professionals in regions such as Saint-Jérôme, Joliette and Gatineau who work with vulnerable newcomers and refugees. This will equip them to better deal with complex mental health issues such as trauma, depression, grief and stress related to difficulty adjusting in a new community, especially for those who experienced trauma associated with organized violence such as war, genocide, attacks, rape, torture and persecution.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Tel-Écoute/Tel-Aînés - Montréal, QC

Bell funds will enable the modernization of call-in lines to give better coverage and the ability to answer more calls. IP technology would enable the volunteers to answer calls from home, making it easier for them to serve. It would also enable this group to network with partners across Québec so that calls can be shared to cover periods when listeners are in short supply. New lines would provide more data on calls that can be used to continuously improve the service.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Témiscamingue suicide prevention centre – Ville-Marie, QC

The Centre will use Bell Let`s Talk funding to enhance its Travailleur de rang initiative. This is a farm outreach program designed to enhance the quality of life of farming families in Témiscamingue by proactively offering guidance and support to farmers, their families and their communities. The program involves a variety of elements, including providing information to increase awareness of mental health issues to initiating prevention and intervention activities.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Travail de rue à Shawinigan (TRÀSH) – Shawinigan

With the Bell funds, TRÀSH will double the number of outreach sessions it offers every week for residents of Shawinigan who exhibit symptoms of mental illness. At the sessions, individuals supported by the organization’s street workers participate in guided or recreational activities that enable them to openly discuss their situation in a non-judgmental environment, to create ties with other citizens and to slowly recreate a network as they regain trust in society.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Women’s Centre of Montréal - Montréal, QC

Through a project titled Il était une fois et une fois il sera, the Centre will invest the Bell grant in an increased number of workshops for victims of sexual assault during childhood, involving participants in creating videos by their experiences. In so doing, the Centre aims to reduce psychological distress and help participants create a support network, regain control over their lives and continue along their path towards healing and raise awareness with family members, the public and stakeholders about the impact of sexual assault during childhood.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Youth Employment Services (YES) / Fondation des services d’emploi pour les jeunes – Montréal, QC

In 2012, YES launched a peer support program to help depressed and anxious job seekers overcome barriers to employment. Bell funding will help expand the YES Peer Support Groups to a new demographic, namely clients aged 15-30 who are not employed nor in school, providing increased access to mental health support and services for those most at risk of situational depression.

Community fund Quebec 2018