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.

The 2018 Community Fund application window is now open and runs until March 31, 2018. 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

740,145

Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million

donated

to mental health initiatives

1,051,599

crisis and distress

line callers

492,058

children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs

212,260

individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs

4,265

trained staff and volunteers

3,517

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund

4 out of 5

Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

Stella's Circle (Stella Burry Foundation) – St. John’s, NL

As part of its work to provide real homes, real help and real work for more than 1,000 clients a year, Stella’s Circle will use BLT funds to train 5 staff in horticulture therapy and to deliver 3 horticulture therapy groups a year. The organization is creating a community garden on 3,200 square metres of land as well as developing indoor garden space to provide participants with the therapeutic opportunity to develop new skills.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

University of Prince Edward Island – Charlottetown, PE

UPEI will use Bell funds to train two staff members as instructors in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program. Once trained, these staff members will have the mandate to deliver the 2-day ASIST course free of charge to the students, staff and faculty of UPEI, beginning with high-priority groups such as priority groups such as Residence Life Coordinators, Student Affairs officers and other staff who would be the first point of contact for students in crisis.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

Association d'entraide pour la santé mentale «La Passerelle» – New Richmond, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the Association’s collective gardens project which enables a dozen participants to benefit from the therapeutic power of gardening. Each year since 2001, the gardens have given people living with mental health issues the chance to learn new skills and literally enjoy the fruits of their labour as they harvest their crops – grown on donated land – for the us of themselves and their families, reducing stigma and feelings of being marginalized.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Barre du jour – St-Gervais, QC

Dedicated to accompanying people with mental health challenges on their journey to recovery, Barre du jour will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to develop a working platform to promote the participation and reintegration of clients into the workforce, including establishing employment contracts that enable them to maintain and strengthen their autonomy by improving work-related skills.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Centre de prévention du suicide Côte-Nord – Baie-Comeau, QC

As the only suicide-prevention organization in the region, the Centre will use Bell funding to expand its Sentinel Training program which delivers courses on how to recognize and help potential suicide victims. The funding will support travel and related expenses of delivering the free program throughout the district, with the expectation that each new Sentinel will have a direct impact on about 30 other people in the community.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Centre de prévention du suicide de Malartic – Malartic, QC

The Centre will use Bell funding to increase its focus on workplace suicide prevention, creating material for, promoting and covering expenses of workshops held in a variety of workplaces to train a network of Sentinels who are well versed in the signs of potential suicide and how to deal with people exhibiting them.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Centre de soir Denise-Massé – Montréal, QC

The Centre will use the Bell Let’s Talk funding to quadruple the impact of its collective kitchen workshops, growing to offer the experience to 24 people living with mental health challenges every month. Participants learn to cook simple, nutritious meals at an affordable price in a communal setting, reflecting their income levels, creating social links to break their isolation and restoring a sense of pride, autonomy and self-confidence. The workshops will occur during the evening, when most of other resources are not available.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Centre d'Entraide aux Rayons du Soleil Inc. – Shawinigan, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support this organization’s day centre, a place where people with mental health challenges can drop in for help, companionship or just a cup of coffee, creating an environment where distressed people can feel safe and protected. Working with all private and community organizations, the Centre refers clients to the appropriate support service and accompanies them when necessary. It is the only such facility in the community.

Community fund Quebec 2017