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

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British Columbia Schizophrenia Society - Kelowna Branch - Kelowna, BC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the society to offer 6 support programs for those living with mental illness. Two are B.R.I.D.G.E.S. (building recovery of individual dreams and goals through education and support) – free 10-week sessions teaching those recently diagnosed how to be active in their own treatment and recovery. The other 4 are 6-week Your Recovery Journey programs designed to give participants the tools they need to manage their own symptoms and treatment, and gain a sense of belonging to avoid relapse.

Community fund British Columbia 2014

Canadian Mental Health Association - Kelowna and District - Kelowna, BC

The globally recognized WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) program, which teaches recovery and self-management skills and strategies for dealing with psychiatric symptoms, is coming to Kelowna thanks to the local CMHA and funding support from Bell Let’s Talk. CMHA Kelowna will train peer mentors and staff with lived experience and, over the next year, facilitate WRAP sessions within its own support networks and for community members who are connected with clinical mental health services and are interested in psycho-social recovery.

Community fund British Columbia 2014

Canadian Mental Health Association - North and West Vancouver Branch - North Vancouver, BC

With the intent of showing the wider community that it is possible to run a successful business by hiring people with lived experience of mental illness, this branch of the CMHA will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to support the opening of a BLENZ franchise coffee shop in the new Hope Centre for Psychiatry and Education at Lions Gate Hospital. Employing people with mental illness as baristas, and with a varied clientele, the café will make a strong and ongoing anti-stigma statement.

Community fund British Columbia 2014

Community Connections Society of Southeast BC - Cranbrook, BC

To create a comprehensive counter-suicide resource for the community, the Society will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to create a Cranbrook Suicide Community Response Protocol. This will gather in one place a directory of key contacts of community organizations equipped to support family and friends who have been affected by a suicide in their circle. It will also include an agreed-upon path to follow in crisis situations, a who’s who of where services are and how to access support as it also raises awareness of the issues and potential solutions.

Community fund British Columbia 2014

Creating Homefulness Society (Woodwynn Farms) - Saanichton, BC

The Society operates A Hand Up: A Growing Therapeutic Community, a working farm where 12 formerly homeless, high-risk individuals learn transferable skills by participating in the various chores around the farm operation. While in residence, the clients receive not only skills training but also 3 meals a day and holistic health support in a drug- and alcohol-free environment. They work side by side with a variety of volunteers, building a true mutual-support community as they tend livestock, work the garden or complete any number of other chores.

Community fund British Columbia 2014

Mood Disorders Association of BC - Vancouver, BC

With help from its Bell Let’s Talk funding, the Association will create a mental health wellness centre focused on seniors, offering a full service, one-stop-shopping experience for all patients and their families. In partnership with outside experts, the Association will provide a number of services, including cognitive behavioural therapy, nutrition counselling, exercise and fitness, meditation and Yoga, and financial planning. It will also improve its online presence, adding more links to self-help tools, podcasts and other information.

Community fund British Columbia 2014

Royal Inland Hospital Foundation - Kamloops, BC

As part of its JUMP (Jubilee Urban Movement and Partners) initiative, the hospital will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support the delivery of 100 2-hour workshops over the next year. Led by experts certified in mental health, life-skills training and art therapies, these workshops will give people with depression of all ages a better idea of what options are available for them to resolve socio-economic, health, self-esteem, family and relationship issues that contribute to their chronic and acute depression.

Community fund British Columbia 2014

University of Victoria - Victoria, BC

Recognizing the unique nature of First Nations cultures, the University is working to adapt the successful anti-bullying program, WITS (Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help), so that it is sensitive and relevant to Aboriginal youth. Bell Let’s Talk funds will help the University engage 30 First Nations communities in creating and piloting modified training modules and resource materials as well as ensuring the WITS website accurately reflects First Nations traditions.

Community fund British Columbia 2014