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.

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Canadian Bipolar Association – North Vancouver, BC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the Association to provide training to more peer supporters throughout the province, putting them through a rigorous 2-month course to learn communications and problem-solving techniques and effective coping strategies with which they can help other clients better balance their wellness and improve their methods of self-management.

Community fund British Columbia 2016

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society – Victoria, BC

In its work to assist in the settlement and adjustment of newcomers to Canada, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to hire an Assessment Coordinator who will assess clients and refer them to the appropriate branch of the Immigrant and Refugee Wellness Centre. This person will also train frontline workers from 3 other organizations to recognize trauma in their clients and know when to refer them for assessment.

Community fund British Columbia 2016

Westcoast Family Centres – Vancouver, BC

As part of its mandate to help parents gain better skills, this group will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to mount a series of Kids Have Stress Too! workshops for parents whose children aged 2 to 8 may be exhibiting anxiety and worrying behaviours. The funding will support the hiring of a facilitator and two child minders for each 3-hour session to be offered around the lower mainland.

Community fund British Columbia 2016

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and Bell announced a gift of $1 million from Bell Let’s Talk to support the new Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre. When it opens in Spring 2017, the Centre will be the largest purpose-built mental health facility in British Columbia and one of the largest in Canada.

Major gifts British Columbia 2015

Victoria Hospitals Foundation - Victoria, BC

Bell Let’s Talk funds will enable 2 physicians to train in a new treatment – repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) – being made available in B.C. for the first time in 2016 through Royal Jubilee Hospital. After training at Harvard University and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, these physicians will share their knowledge with other Island Health physicians and caregivers who will use or refer clients to this novel treatment for depression and hallucinations in patients who don’t respond to psychiatric medications.

Community fund British Columbia 2015

The Canadian Mental Health Association, South Cariboo Branch - Williams Lake, BC

The Association will offer free on-site mental health workshops for staff of Cariboo employers in up to 10 communities, including mills, mines, First Nations bands and school districts. This will enable the CMHA to reach a large new audience that often overlooks, misunderstands or lacks access to mental health supports. It will also educate employers on the business benefits of reducing stress in their employee base and increasing productivity by being more engaged in the mental health of their staff, leading to an overall reduction in stigma.

Community fund British Columbia 2015

Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver Fraser Branch - Vancouver, BC

Bell Let’s Talk supports an early intervention program for teens whose parents have a serious mental illness, providing them with the coping skills to help them to affirm themselves despite their challenges at home. The teens participate in recreation-based programming for 12 months, including activities such as snowboarding, horseback riding and swimming, all of which enable the young people to avoid social isolation, develop strong friendships and build resilience that significantly reduces the risk of developing mental illness themselves.

Community fund British Columbia 2015

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs -Kelowna, BC

To increase access to mental health assistance for kids from 3-19 and their families, Bell Let’s Talk supports the Talking About Wellness program, its open discussion approach to reduce stigma and its 3 streams: Flex Your Head, which provides kids from 13-18 with stress-management strategies; Friends for Life/Fun Friends which helps kids from 3-12 learn to cope with the many changes they face as they grow; and Mind Over Mood Bootcamp which assists teens who harm themselves or struggle with intense emotions.

Community fund British Columbia 2015