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

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

Association laurentienne des proches de la personne atteinte de maladie mentale - La Halte des Proches – Saint-Jérôme, QC

The program supported by Bell Let’s Talk funding targets children in families where a family member is dealing with mental illness. It involves providing the children with a better understanding of mental illness, along with appropriate strategies and tools to better handle the daily challenges and cope with the stress of living with a family member with mental illness.

Community fund Quebec 2018

L'Arrêt-Source inc. – Montréal, QC

To help young women who face mental health, abuse, addiction and family challenges, l'Arrêt-Source has created a program in collaboration with the Victoria Institute to provide women aged 18-30 with the skills they need to re-integrate into society. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support this intervention program, unique in Québec, which includes weekly group meetings covering skills development, effective interpersonal relationships, self-awareness and emotional self-regulation. The program also includes individualized follow-up.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Fondation Santé Haut-Richelieu-Rouville – Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will help the foundation upgrade facilities in the psychiatric unit at the Haut-Richelieu hospital to provide a better environment to enhance recovery. In addition to providing a cover for the patio and updated furnishings, the project will create a private and safe place for patients to meet with their loved ones.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Communautés Solidaires - Québec, QC

The grant will cover the field worker’s salary for a new intervention program called Entraid'aînés. This aims to enable vulnerable clients who are at risk of being placed in a public facility because of their exclusion to stay in their own homes longer. The project aims to reduce the isolation and psychological distress of residents of the Capitale-National region aged 60 and over, through home visits that enhance their personal, social and financial well-being.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Centre Inter-Section – Gatineau, QC

To provide help to more people who hear voices, the Bell Let’s Talk grant will be used to train 150 volunteers. It will also train people to coordinate and oversee the province’s 3 help lines and then promote the new service with the health and social services network in partnership with Tel-Aide Outaouais and its partners.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Association québécoise des parents et amis de la personne atteinte de maladie mentale (AQPAMM) – Montréal, QC

Recognizing the need to support young people who are mental health caregivers for family members, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to for its T'as ta place! program. This will provide same-day psychosocial support via text or in person, information workshops as well as drama and art therapy on the island of Montréal.

Community fund Quebec 2018