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.


Total number of interactions



in Community Fund grants


Community Fund grants

$2.54 million in grants

Children & Youth

$646K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.25 million in grants

Military family support


Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million


to mental health initiatives


crisis and distress

line callers


children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs


individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs


trained staff and volunteers


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

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

La Marée – La Malbaie, QC

This organization provides support for family members of people suffering from mental disorders and will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant to enhance an outreach program that targets young people at risk in Charlevoix high schools. This will enable La Marée to acquire an awareness program called “Les Avatars” with a goal of reaching 200 students a year with information on issues like depression, anxiety and bullying, offering coping tips and resources such as group workshops.

Community fund Quebec 2017

LaRue Bécancour – Bécancour, QC

For more than 20 years, LaRue Bécancour has been helping men aged 20 to 70 who suffer from mental health challenges. The Bell Let’s Talk funds will support an additional social worker who will work with the men in the streets to build relationships and make referrals to professional care networks, a peer helper, a street nurse or other resources.

Community fund Quebec 2017

L'AutonHommie – Québec, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a new service for this organization that annually serves about 500 men in the greater Québec region who are marginalized because of mental health issues. Under the program, L’AutonHommie will provide professional counsellors – lawyers and social workers – to help men understand the specialized language of care giving and navigate the healthcare and support systems, often by attending meetings between the clients and the institutions.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Le CAP (Centre d'apprentissage parallèle de Montréal) – Montréal, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support Le CAP’s initiative to ease reintegration into society for those experiencing psychological difficulties by enhancing the existing creative therapy programs. Specifically, the grant will help develop 10 individual exhibitions of art created by the Centre’s clients plus a travelling collective exhibition. By serving as ambassadors for the exhibits, the clients will be better positioned to participate in the broader community.

Community fund Quebec 2017