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. 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

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

Centre d'amitié autochtone du Saguenay - Saguenay, QC

In a region where the suicide rate for First Nations people is 3 to 5 times higher than the rest of the Québec population, the Centre saw the urgent need to develop local clinical health services with a focus on mental health within the well-established Friendship Centre. The Bell Let’s Talk funding will pay the salary of a project manager to develop a clinic that is culturally relevant and reassuring to the population, providing a new resource for at-risk members of the community right at home.

Community fund Quebec 2014

Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Beauce - Beauceville, QC

To enable people with depressive disorders to more effectively manage their own symptoms, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to enhance its L'Envol program, an innovative combination of self-care, professional monitoring and support forums. The program includes a 16-week online component with interactive guides available 24/7, 3 group meetings for peer-to-peer support and telephone follow-ups by specially trained nurses. The program has the potential to expand to reach anyone in the Chaudières Appalache region.

Community fund Quebec 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

Community Counselling Alliance - Windsor-Essex, ON

Focused on providing immediate access to a counsellor to prevent people from going into crisis, the Community Counselling Alliance Initiative operates walk-in clinics in Windsor and Leamington. The Bell Let’s Talk community grant will enable the organization to open the clinics for an additional 2 days a week, providing better access to treatment and referrals for individuals of all ages.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Community Mental Health Initiative - Corner Brook, NL

This project will focus on enhancing opportunities for 120 individuals within the Corner Brook, Deer Lake and Bay of Islands area to attend training in mental health and suicide prevention. Bell funding will enable CMHI to buy manuals for 3 programs – Mental Health First Aid, Tattered Teddies and Straight Talk – and then, through its own certified counsellors, deliver the programs for free to parents, youth workers, family resource centres and community groups.

Community fund Atlantic 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

Équipe La Petite Rencontre - Val-d’Or, QC

To provide a creative outlet for people suffering from high levels of anxiety, Bell’s funding will support art therapy workshops unique to the Val-d’Or area. The 15-week workshops will be taught by professional artists and will enable 20 people to express themselves in variety of media, from singing, dancing and painting to engraving and sculpture. The workshops will culminate in a public exhibition and mini-show to further dispel the stigma too often associated with mental disorders.

Community fund Quebec 2014

First Peoples Innovation Centre - Gatineau, QC

In the face of epidemic substance abuse among young First Nations’ people, and the related mental health issues, the Centre is launching the Roots Movement, a pilot project to revive self esteem among teens in Manawan. Studies show that almost 80% of Manawan youths under 16 had consumed alcohol in the last year, and almost 90% of those had been binge drinking. Bell’s funding will support the program which focuses on youth aged 9 to 16, providing coaching in healthier living habits and reconnecting them to their heritage knowledge base, language and culture.

Community fund Quebec 2014