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

Tel-Écoute/Tel-Aînés - Montréal, QC

Bell funds will enable the modernization of call-in lines to give better coverage and the ability to answer more calls. IP technology would enable the volunteers to answer calls from home, making it easier for them to serve. It would also enable this group to network with partners across Québec so that calls can be shared to cover periods when listeners are in short supply. New lines would provide more data on calls that can be used to continuously improve the service.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Women’s Centre of Montréal - Montréal, QC

Through a project titled Il était une fois et une fois il sera, the Centre will invest the Bell grant in an increased number of workshops for victims of sexual assault during childhood, involving participants in creating videos by their experiences. In so doing, the Centre aims to reduce psychological distress and help participants create a support network, regain control over their lives and continue along their path towards healing and raise awareness with family members, the public and stakeholders about the impact of sexual assault during childhood.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Fondation régionale pour la santé de Trois-Rivières – Trois-Rivières, QC

Bell funding will enable the Foundation to offer up to 6 In Vivo workshops for 50 young people aged 6-17 who suffer from severe anxiety and attend the Centre Arc-en-ciel. The program has a success rate of more than 90%, enabling participants to move forward in a non-institutional setting by giving them tools to deal with daily life, with positive benefits for their families as well.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Parents et amis du bien-être mental du Sud-ouest de Montréal (PABEMSOM) – Verdun, QC

To fill a void in the community, PABEMSOM will invest in a program to support young caregivers, aged 12 to 17, who are living with a person with a mental health issue. Research show that about 12% of Canadian youth are in that situation. The program will help participants learn about mental illness and develop skills and competencies as natural caregivers in a way that is appropriate to their age.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Refuge des Jeunes de Montréal – Montréal, QC

This initiative will increase support for young people seeking help at the Refuge by providing specific support for youth with mental health problems or signs of anxiety and other behavioral problems. Following their night, they are directed to the Refuge’s Day Center, which is linked to specialised mental health organisations for homeless youth. With the Bell Let’s Talk funds, the organization will work with the young person, who will then be paired with a counselor and accompanied in all the steps with the mental health professionals and, if the need arises, with the family.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Le Havre à nous/ Our Harbour – Saint Lambert, QC

To augment the residential care and basic life-skills development offered by Le Havre à nous, the Bell funds will support the Navigator Program that will provide training for residents in essential computer skills. This will not only improve their self-confidence and ability to re-enter society more fully, it will enable residents with families outside of Montréal to stay in touch regularly with loved ones.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Carrefour Famille New Carlisle (Family Ties) – New Carlisle, QC

With an estimated 8,000 people on the Gaspé coast unable to access scarce mental health services, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop a partnership with the local health agency to deliver a series of awareness sessions targeting English-speaking and Indigenous communities in the region.

Community fund Quebec 2018

La Ressource ATP – Laval, QC

This organization’s 2 existing support groups for people with anxiety and panic disorder in Pont-Viau and Chomedey are at full capacity. Bell’s grant will enable them to add 2 new service points so that participants will not have to travel so far to attend groups, especially at night. They will partner with the CLSC of Ste-Rose for those in the north of the island of Montréal and with the CLSC des Thousand Islands for those in the east end.

Community fund Quebec 2018