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

Anna et la mer – Trois-Rivières, QC

This organization works with youth aged 7-17 who have a parent or close relative suffering from a mental illness, aiming to provide its clients with the resilience they need to succeed. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable Anna et la mer to expand the program by holding structured clinical meetings in other regions with a view to co-ordinating the intervention programs and implementing ongoing improvements. The intervention programs, which are innovative, aim to promote early intervention, coping skills and resilience.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Alternative Centregens – Longueuil, QC

To address a less well-known side effect of mental disorders, this organization will initiate a singing therapy project led by a mental health worker and a professional musician. Mental health medications often weaken muscles, so this program will counteract that in classes that teach posture, strength and tone exercises needed to sing. Over the 30 weeks of the program, participants will gain confidence and self-esteem as well as have access to individual and group psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational services.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Fondation Vivre ma santé mentale – Chicoutimi, QC

The Foundation provides a wide variety of physical, socio-cultural, intellectual, artistic and recreational activities free to adult clients with mood disorders, anxieties or other mental health issues. Bell Let’s Talk funding will defray the cost of renting space and enable the group to acquire new equipment as it expands its work in the Lac-St-Jean West territory and La Baie where demand has grown tenfold since 2016.

Community fund Quebec 2018

St. Stephen’s Community House – Toronto, ON

With 11 sites across Toronto and North York, St. Stephen’s operates clinics that serve about 27,000 at-risk youth who experience depression and trauma from violence, abuse and sexual exploitation. The Bell Mental Health funds will support 2 youth workers who will ensure clients connect with the organization’s on-site clinical partners for treatment and receive the bundle of services (housing, employment, academic support) they need. They will also reach out to local schools and the community to build awareness.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Sherbourne Health Centre – Toronto, ON

The Centre focuses on providing services for priority populations such as the LGBTQ2S community, homeless and under-housed people, and newcomers to Canada. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will support 2 mental health counsellors, meeting facilitation and transportation costs for the TREE (Trauma Recovery, Education and Empowerment) program which provides skills development and mental health support for male, Two-Spirit and non-binary gendered survivors of trauma.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Le Centre Psychosociale – Ottawa, ON

To better serve young adults in Eastern Ontario who face barriers to help because of the language they speak or because they live in isolated communities, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to upgrade its website and revamp the tools available in collaboration with local school boards. The Centre supports clients who present with a variety of mental disorders, ranging from depression and anxiety to suicidal thoughts.

Community fund Ontario 2018

The Peer Project – Youth Assisting Youth, Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a One-to-One youth mentoring program and a new partnership with the University of Toronto and other medical schools. The program taps into a new source of young volunteer mentors who are already pursuing degrees in mental health and will be trained to connect with YAY clients aged 6 to 15, most of whom have been diagnosed with one or more mental health issues plus other complex challenges.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Youth Diversion Program – Kingston, ON

Building on a successful pilot project, this organization will use Bell funds to help cover the costs of a staff person delivering a broader addiction education and prevention project to reach children in grades 6-8 across Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington counties. The program will reach out to teach children about the impact of addiction and substance abuse, providing them with prevention tools and awareness of community support resources.

Community fund Ontario 2018