Creating positive change 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. Together, we can all play a role in creating positive change.

The Bell Let’s Talk 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.

1,168,302,700

Total number of interactions

$108,415,135

committed

to mental health initiatives

657

Community Fund grants

$17.5 million in funding

Children & Youth

$2.2 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$1.82 million in funding

Military family support

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

3,806,409

Canadians with access to mental health services

+$11 million

in Community Fund grants

2,312,193

crisis and distress

line users

1,739,136

children & youth reached

792,363

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,455,078

trained staff and volunteers

19,376

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

83%

of Canadians reported believing attitudes about mental illness have changed for the better

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2020

D’un couvert à l’autre — Longueuil, QC

With funding from Bell Let’s Talk, 50 people living with schizophrenia will give 60 talks to social work students in 12 CEGEPs. These discussions and the preparations that precede them will allow DCL’s participants to actualize their situation by sharing their experiences, success stories and strategies for preventing relapses in small groups. The project will benefit both the participants and students in the process of becoming psychosocial workers.

Community fund Québec 2019

École nationale d’apprentissage par la marionnette (ÉNAM) — Chicoutimi, QC

Bell’s support will help encourage recovery for people with mental health issues through performing arts and puppetry shows. The shows will be presented by participants and will help to counter mental health-related stigma.

Community fund Québec 2019

En Marge 12-17 — Montréal, QC

En Marge 12-17 is a group home offering shelter to youth living on the streets and in very precarious situations. The organization will use Bell’s donation to offer 20 extra hours per week of one-on-one counselling, to support marginalised young people ages 16 to 21 who are in situations of distress. Delivered by a social worked, this project will help youth to make psychologically healthy life choices, build positive and trustworthy relationships with adults and eventually get off the streets with a life project.

Community fund Québec 2019

Entraide Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec pour hommes agressés sexuellement dans l’enfance (EMPHASE) - Trois-Rivières, QC

Bell’s donation will be used to offer peer support-group workshops to at least 50 men. The project will offer men a secure and confidential place where they can share their experiences and struggles, and develop adaptation skills.

Community fund Québec 2019

Fondation du centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) — Montréal, QC

Art therapy workshops in the CHUM psychiatry unit in collaboration with “Les Impatients” will be offered thanks to funding from Bell Let’s Talk. At least 72 patients per year treated in the hospital’s psychiatry department will benefit from these workshops. Their positive impact will include reduced isolation and hospitalization, and improved health and self-confidence.

Community fund Québec 2019

Dr. Clown Foundation — Montréal, QC

With Bell Let’s Talk funding, the therapeutic clowns from the Dr. Clown Foundation, trained in mental health, will visit youth at the Centre Jeunesse Montréal who have suffered psychological trauma and mental health challenges. Interactions with the Dr. Clown artists encourages young people to make progress in the treatment provided by caregivers. Meeting the clowns also helps to relieve some of the stress, depression and anxiety that come with placement and builds resilience and both social and adaptation skills.

Community fund Québec 2019

Fondation Pinel — Montréal, QC

Bell’s funding will be used to hire a peer helper who will become an important player in recovery by using experiential knowledge to support institutionalized patients suffering from severe mental illness. The goal is to not only offer support and information on their condition, but also to help inspire them and serve as a role model. The peer helper will also play an important role in helping the clinical team by supporting their work and improving interventions.

Community fund Québec 2019

Fondation pour l’art thérapeutique et l’art brut au Québec (Les Impatients) — Montréal, QC

The grant from Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund will be used to create a comic book workshop for young people ages 18 to 24 struggling with severe and persistent mental health issues. Besides giving young participants access to new artistic techniques, the workshop will boost self-esteem and encourage social integration.

Community fund Québec 2019