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

Oolagen - Youth Mental Health - Toronto, ON

Oolagen provides a walk-in clinic service that is open 5 days per week. This service increases access to mental health services for youth and families. It provides immediate access to therapeutic intervention. If a youth and family need further help than the single session, Oolagen puts them on their wait list for full service and also assigns a counsellor can be reached at any time for additional support during the wait.

Community fund Ontario 2013

Pine River Foundation - Toronto, ON

Pine River Institute is a residential treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for 13 to 19 year olds struggling with mental health issues, and specifically addictive behaviours. They teach math skills and life skills side-by-side. Their program will provide five additional beds and will be distributed to several families based on financial need.

Community fund Ontario 2013

Renascent - Toronto, ON

Renascent's new Mental Health Capacity Building (MHCB) project will enable them to provide focused education to equip their counsellors with the skills and expertise in managing concurrent mental health problems. As a result, Renascent's gender-specific 12-step focused, abstinence-based treatment approach will be more accessible for people with addictions who also present with mood/anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, trauma, suicidal ideation, violence and anger and brain injury.

Community fund Ontario 2013

Renfrew Victoria Hospital - Renfrew, ON

Mental Health Link will provide key information about mental health to first responders in the pre-hospital care environment via smartphone applications and the internet. Information will include how to interact with persons suffering from mental illness, assessment and diagnosis, psychiatric medication, treatment options, and mental health intervention in disaster situations.

Community fund Ontario 2013

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Toronto, ON

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario's Ask The Expert Helpline (ATE) is a free support line providing support through telephone, online and in-person. The project aims to expand their services by implementing an outreach campaign to rural communities and the north. The outreach campaign would target larger segments of the population including diverse ethno-cultural and social groups.

Community fund Ontario 2013

SKETCH Working Arts for Street Involved and Homeless Youth - Toronto, ON

Young Women in Mind focuses on outreach to young women who face mental health, addiction and trauma issues. By using artistic programs based in community health centres, drop ins and shelters, we will help these young women rebuild their lives and connect with mental health professionals outside of an institutional framework. The program is broken down into three phases: Community outreach and partnership creation, Creative Programming, and Leadership Training.

Community fund Ontario 2013

St. Michael's Hospital - Toronto, ON

St. Michael's Hospital aims to develop educational and therapeutic resources to support the Mindfulness and Group Therapy program. The group curriculum is being adapted so that the mindfulness practices can be accessible to a broader population. This will include the development of shorter guided meditations which will be distributed on a CD or posted on a website. In addition, DVDs and handouts will be developed for patients to use for their own home practice.

Community fund Ontario 2013

The George Hull Centre for Children and Families - Toronto, ON

The George Hull Centre will expand their frontline services by increasing the number of school/classrooms that will be offered the Fun Friends program and by expanding the Anxiety Groups for Children program so that our George Hull School Focused clinicians would also run groups, offering at least one and possibly two additional clinical treatment groups.

Community fund Ontario 2013