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

Le Pavois – Québec, QC

About half the young people on the 2-year waiting list for help in Québec suffer from hearing voices in their heads. Le Pavois, with the help of Bell Let’s Talk community funding, will launch a new program to address that, working with families, teachers, coaches, friends and others to help the clients understand the phenomenon and explore strategies to minimize their impact.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Maison d'Intervention Vivre – Saint-Hubert, QC

Focused on helping those with depression, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to enhance its post-program support for clients who, having completed their intensive treatment, still need individualized help to reintegrate into society and re-establish their social networks. The grant will more than double the follow-up hours available, from 538 to almost 1,300.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Mon Shack... Mes choix... Mon avenir! – Sherbrooke, QC

This organization operates a variety of workshops – collective kitchens, art therapy and physical activity – for young adults up to age 35 who face mental health challenges. It will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to purchase equipment for the various programs which help clients break the isolation and re-connect with the community at large.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Prise II – Montréal, QC

Prise II, an alternative mental health resource, will use the donation from Bell Let's Talk to incorporate a mutual assistance practice into its service offer, and to set up a new group made up of and for people who are completing their journey at Prise II. With this funding, the centre will provide training and experiment with the “intentional peer support” approach, an initiative supported by research and access to other self-help groups.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Société québécoise de la schizophrénie et des psychoses apparentées – Montréal, QC

Thanks to funding from Bell Let’s Talk, the Société will be able to expand its humanistic and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) program: families from five remote areas—Côte-Nord, Gaspésie / Les Îles, Abitibi / Témiscamingue, Saguenay / Lac St-Jean and Bas-Saint-Laurent—will be able to benefit from this one-of-a-kind, leading-edge program adapted to people dealing on a daily basis with a loved one made vulnerable by the illness. To sustain the program, local professionals will be trained and supported in order to expand its reach to the entire regional clientele. The training aims to give participants a more thorough knowledge of schizophrenia and allow them to learn effective strategies for intervening with the caregiver as well as the person struggling with a psychotic disorder.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Virage Santé mentale – Weedon, QC

As part of its broader services for people with mental health challenges, this organization will initiate group support for people who hear voices, thanks to the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. Through the program, clients gain from sharing with others in the same situation as well as learn more about the affliction, research into its causes and coping strategies, making it easier for them to learn to live with their voices.

Community fund Quebec 2017

l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec

Donation of $1million to the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec in support of ground-breaking research to detect early signs of mental illness in youth from families with a history of mental illness. In addition, the deployment of the HoPE project (Horizon Parent-Enfant) a clinic which will improve screening, accessibility and continuity of services for children and adolescents with a parent suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or recurrent major depression.

Major gifts Quebec 2016

Ami-Québec - Montréal, QC

The program supported by the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund includes 10 workshops to enhance caregivers' resilience. Face-to-face workshops allow caregivers to share their experiences and experiment with new skills and strategies. Despite the abundance of information available nowadays, face-to-face contact and discussion remain an effective way to learn. The improvement of skills and acquisition of knowledge are expected to alleviate some of the burden caregivers experience.

Community fund Quebec 2016