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

L'Entre-Deux shelter – Longueuil, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support L’Entre Nous project as it develops psycho-educational workshops to help women better manage their mental health in daily life. A counsellor will tailor the sessions to the specific needs of the participants who will also have access to support groups in which former residents and a counsellor will give them an opportunity to talk about their particular situation and receive support.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Perspective Communautaire en Santé Mentale (W.I.) – Sainte-Geneviève, QC

Bell’s support for the West Island Peer Support program will allow PCSM to hire a peer support worker, develop a peer support group for its adult clientele including seniors, and offer free, individualized peer support to clients. Participants will acquire skills to better offer peer support themselves, making the group self-reliant at the end of a 2-year period. The majority of people seeking PCSM's services live below the poverty line and receive long-term social assistance.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Témiscamingue suicide prevention centre – Ville-Marie, QC

The Centre will use Bell Let`s Talk funding to enhance its Travailleur de rang initiative. This is a farm outreach program designed to enhance the quality of life of farming families in Témiscamingue by proactively offering guidance and support to farmers, their families and their communities. The program involves a variety of elements, including providing information to increase awareness of mental health issues to initiating prevention and intervention activities.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Anorexie et boulimie Québec (ANEB) – Pointe-Claire, QC

To provide support for young people in a medium they are comfortable with, ANEB will use Bell funds to establish a text messaging service for youth aged 12-18. Available weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., since young people are most likely to send texts when they are at school, the service will enable teens to contact an ANEB counsellor in a confidential setting in which they can remain anonymous, text in a crisis situation and save the counsellors’ replies for future reference.

Community fund Quebec 2018

La Rubrique Inc. – Jonquière, QC

The Bell Let's Talk funding will enable La Rubrique, in collaboration with the Jonquière school board’s adult education centre, to deliver the Je me connais mieux project. This involves creating a variety of theatre workshops to help mental health clients develop self-worth and socialization skills and overcome isolation in a more playful setting. The workshops, led by local theatre professionals over a 30-week period, will also help participants engage in self-reflection to help them assess their own limits and aspirations.

Community fund Quebec 2018

La Rencontre groupe d'entraide pour personnes atteintes de maladie mentale – Sainte-Marie de Beauce, QC

Bell’s donation will help pay the salary of a social worker who will offer workplace workshops to help people manage their own anxiety based on the proven success of the J’avance program. These workshops will facilitate the understanding of anxiety and help employees better manage their symptoms. As well, it will help companies improve their organizational performance through better health and wellbeing of their employees.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Le Sillon association of family members and friends of people with mental illness – Saint Georges, QC

With Bell Let's Talk funding, the association will enhance its Volet Jeunesse program for young people who have a parent with mental illness. Currently, Le Sillon offers one-on-one counselling and awareness sessions at high schools. The Bell grant will enable them to add group activities that will increase participation and break down feelings of isolation, combating fear of mental illness and helping people express their feelings and gain coping strategies.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Youth Employment Services (YES) / Fondation des services d’emploi pour les jeunes – Montréal, QC

In 2012, YES launched a peer support program to help depressed and anxious job seekers overcome barriers to employment. Bell funding will help expand the YES Peer Support Groups to a new demographic, namely clients aged 15-30 who are not employed nor in school, providing increased access to mental health support and services for those most at risk of situational depression.

Community fund Quebec 2018