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

Organisation communautaire d'écoute et d'aide naturelle (OCEAN) - Québec, QC

Bell funding will support counselor salaries for the PRISME project that offers targeted services to address the impact of anxiety and depression among 150 students aged 11 to 17 and staff in a pilot school – École Joseph-François-Perrault. The counselors will address numerous issues through prevention workshops, teacher training, facilitator training, screenings and referrals and working with youth, parents and educators in the development of school policy with a focus on mental health.

Community fund Quebec 2018

LOVE (Quebec) – Montréal, QC

Providing mental health and social support for young victims of violence, LOVE will use Bell funds to hire more program coordinators to expand its media arts program to new schools. The program raises awareness of the different forms of violence and gives participants the opportunity to share their experiences and learn how to express their emotions or what they need to do when they come up against discrimination, bullying or exclusion.

Community fund Quebec 2018

CESAME Youth Mental Health Centre of Deux-Montagnes – Saint-Eustache, QC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the Centre to expand its program of early stimulation workshops for young children and their families. Special education technicians, psycho-educators and other staff work with children aged 3-5 in small groups in the only program of its kind in the region. The grant will also go toward setting up a support group for parents.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Dans la rue – Montréal, QC

In response to a doubling of transgender street youth requiring mental health services, Dans la rue will use Bell funding to set up an integrated, multi-faceted project designed to foster self-expression as a way of delivering mental health care. That involves enhancing the organization’s art and music therapy programs, its sports and outdoor activities and its community kitchen program by adding workshops focused on identity, gender expression and relationship development to address the isolation of its clients.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Fondation Hôpital Pierre-Boucher – Longueuil, QC

Bell funding will enable the addition of a new peer supporter to help people aged 12-35 with problems of varying intensity and who have not yet had a formal diagnosis. This person – who will draw on his own success at overcoming mental health issues – will conduct a thorough follow-up and will be responsible for giving hope to his peers, sharing his own strategies for a successful recovery.

Community fund Quebec 2018