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

Alzheimer’s Society of Prince Edward Island - Charlottetown, PE

With its Bell Let’s Talk funding, the Society will add an educational module on stigma, depression and dementia to its First Link education series. The module will focus on those suffering from dementia as well as their caregivers, both of which often experience stigma because of their illness. The module will include information brochures for families and caregivers plus presentations and web-based material for the broadest possible distribution.

Community fund Atlantic 2014

Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre - Shediac, NB

As the only drop-in facility for individuals experiencing crisis, emotional difficulties and family violence in the region, the Centre will extend its reach by developing and delivering a training program for front-line workers and volunteers who provide home care to seniors. The training will focus on the early detection of and early intervention in late-life depression, including how to communicate with the affected individuals and their families, as well as insight into when it is appropriate to refer the person to the Centre for more support.

Community fund Atlantic 2014

Brandon University - Brandon, MB

Using the grant from Bell Let’s Talk, the university will hire a coordinator to lead a complete assessment of the institution’s strengths and weaknesses related to student mental health. In addition, this new resource will work with students, administrators and professional caregivers to lead initiatives to close identified gaps, implement a broad awareness and anti-stigma campaign, and publicize resources that support students experiencing mental health issues.

Community fund Prairies 2014

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 - Calgary Region - Calgary, AB

CMHA -Calgary is expanding its offerings with the launch of the specialized Your Recovery Journey workshop series, supported by Bell Let’s Talk funding. This proven peer-to-peer program focuses on self-directed goal setting, illness management, self care and personal action planning. The project not only provides ongoing support to those who have just finished clinical care, it also creates a new network of expert peer facilitators and raises broader awareness of mental health issues in the community.

Community fund Prairies 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

Cape Breton Community Housing Association - Sydney, NS

To address a lack of anti-suicide training in Cape Breton, the Association will use the Bell Let's Talk community fund to provide 2 individuals with instruction in the Train the Trainer program of ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). These trainers will then conduct workshops for employees and others across Cape Breton, enabling more caregivers to be more confident, comfortable and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Community fund Atlantic 2014