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

$100,695,763.75

committed

to mental health initiatives

657

Community Fund grants

$15.7 million in funding

Children & Youth

$1.95 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$1.78 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,000 organizations who have supported over

3,409,680

Canadians with access to mental health services

+$11 million

in Community Fund grants

2,235,043

crisis and distress

line users

1,476,878

children & youth reached

610,148

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,451,375

trained staff and volunteers

15,846

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

86%

of Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2019

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services – Toronto, ON

Through the Syrian Women’s Expressive Arts Project, the organization engages Syrian refugee women and their families in traditional embroidery sessions as a means of reducing social isolation and vulnerability to mental health issues often faced by newcomers. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will help fund 24 art sessions and provide transportation and childcare to enable participants, many of whom live below the poverty line, to access this wellness program.

Community fund Ontario 2019

Addiction Services for York Region – Toronto, ON

The organization will use their funding to develop and implement a drop-in counselling program for young people affected by substance use, providing “youth-friendly”, non-judgemental support as soon as it is needed, helping to reduce wait-times for youth clients in need of treatment. Clients are provided with evidence-based counselling within a harm reduction framework, helping to mitigate risk and larger social problems associated with substance use such as overdose, premature death and suicide.

Community fund Ontario 2019

AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM) — Montréal, QC

Bell’s donation will be used to hire a social worker in order to offer educational workshops and a mental health support service designed to help people living with HIV or Hepatitis C, who also use narcotics. The project’s objectives are to encourage participants to adopt healthier lifestyles so that they can make better choices, reduce their anxiety and stop or reduce narcotic consumption. The organization will also promote the project to clinics and community organizations in order to sensitize health professionals to the specific problems of the LGBTQ+ community.

Community fund Québec 2019

Alliance des communautés culturelles pour l’égalité dans la santé et les services sociaux (ACCÉSSS) — Montréal, QC

ACCÉSSS is a coalition of 125 ethnocultural community organizations that will use Bell’s donation to create 2 informative video clips on mental health community services. This project is aimed at helping people take charge of their mental health in a context of diversity and to better understand how to navigate the healthcare system and community in matters relating to mental health.

Community fund Québec 2019

Arctic Children and Youth Foundation – Iqaluit, NU

In an effort to integrate the clinical and cultural mental health services developing in Nunavut, the Foundation will use their grant to set up a cultural healing space and hire a bilingual (Inuktitut-English) Counsellor at the Umingmak Child and Youth Support Centre, providing options to clients who wish to have traditional healing, or counselling in their language of choice.

Community fund Territories 2019

Artbeat Studio Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

Artbeat provides free studio and gallery space with mentorship, to promote recovery and empowerment through artistic expression for people with mental illness. With the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant, Artbeat Alumni will facilitate 36 participatory art workshops in their own communities, expanding services to new geographic areas and improving access to Artbeat’s programs to target groups including gang affected youth, newcomers and LGBTQ communities.

Community fund Prairies 2019

Association des familles de personnes assassinées ou disparues (AFPAD) — Montréal, QC

AFPAD will use the donation from Bell Let’s Talk for a pilot project to create support group workshops led by a social worker for bereaved family and friends after a traumatic death. This new support group adapted to traumatic grief will help participants fully address their grief and empower themselves to avoid or better manage the symptoms of post-traumatic stress arising from a loved one’s violent death.

Community fund Québec 2019

Au cœur de l'enfance — Montréal, QC

Funding from Bell Let’s Talk will provide individual psychosocial support to women who are experiencing pregnancy in a context of significant socio-economic vulnerability. These mothers, most of whom are from diverse backgrounds, receive support in taking the necessary steps to reduce toxic stressors impacting their mental health and their children’s development.

Community fund Québec 2019