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

Ensoleilvent Inc. – Drummondville, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funds will support the operation of La Main à la Pâte, a green bakery in Drummondville that provides employment for some of the clients of the organization which annually hosts more than 400 men, women and families in need of shelter and emergency assistance, most often due to mental health challenges. The bakery enables workers to learn new skills, gain self confidence and eases reintegration into the broader community.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Expression LaSalle centre communautaire en santé mentale – LaSalle, QC

Expression LaSalle is a community mental health centre that offers an alternative, non-medical approach to helping people with complex, persistent mental health challenges through group and individual services that are artistic, psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational. The Bell Community Fund grant will be used to extend the length of one drama therapy program and will also enable the Centre to quadruple the number of drama therapy sessions offered.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Fondation de l'Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal – Montréal, QC

To provide a more comprehensive treatment plan for children aged up to 5 who face mental health challenges, the Foundation will invest Bell Let’s Talk funds in implementing a standardized evaluation protocol based on the latest available clinical research. That will improve the early, thorough assessment of the mental health problems and facilitate the development of comprehensive intervention plans for the children and their families

Community fund Quebec 2017

Fondation Institut de gériatrie de Montréal – Montréal, QC

To help seniors reduce their dependence on pharmaceuticals to treat their insomnia and anxiety, the Foundation will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to create the first French-language online cognitive behavioural therapy tools. The therapy, which has proved successful in helping seniors, will be made available for free.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Dr Clown Foundation – Montréal, QC

For the past 15 years, the foundation has provided professional artists to visit children with various illnesses and conditions. The Dr Clown Foundation will use the Bell Community Fund grant to develop the expertise of its 31 therapeutic clowns on mental health. This grant will offer training focused on specific issues and, with the collaboration of medical staff and psycho-social workers, the artists will learn to adapt their interventions to the specific needs of children visited. This represents the first part of an entirely new program specialized in mental health.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Habitations Nouveau Départ – Gatineau, QC

This organization, which provides housing for up to 39 people with persistent mental health disorders in 6 locations in the Outaouais region, will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to open a collective kitchen for its clients which will teach new life skills, break down isolation and provide healthy meals at minimal cost, an important factor as most of the participants have low incomes.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Head and Hands – Montréal, QC

To expand its ongoing work with marginalized youth, this organization will use Bell Let's Talk Community funds to support the work of an additional counsellor, 2 street workers and additional administrative support that will enable them to reach about 800 more clients than the current 1,200. Head and Hands provides free long-term counselling and mobile/in person on-the-spot crisis support to youth who cannot access more traditional mental health services due to marginalization or other barriers.

Community fund Quebec 2017

La Maison de l'Espoir de Mont-Joli Inc. – Mont-Joli, QC

As part of its mandate to help people facing substance abuse, mental health issues and homelessness, La Maison de l’Espoir operates a thrift store, le Chiffonnier. Bell Let’s Talk funds will be used to implement a region-wide textile recycling system run through the store to enable its clients to acquire new work-related skills and accelerate their socio-professional re-integration.

Community fund Quebec 2017