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

University of Alberta - Edmonton, AB

With a vision to create an online hub for student mental health, the University will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to help transform its current network of mental health and student service websites into an outstanding interactive resource base that will provide better service and foster a more supportive campus community. The hub – designed with student input to ensure its relevance – will feature self-help resources, toolkits and information about mental health and wellness, platforms for de-stigmatization and other campaigns.

Community fund Prairies 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

Urban Pardes - Montréal, QC

Urban Pardes develops educational and social integration programs for those living with mental illness. A founding partner of the Au Contraire Film Festival, which screens movies designed to change perceptions about mental health, Urban Pardes also pioneered a travelling program, taking those films to high schools in the Montréal area. With funding from Bell Let’s Talk, Urban Pardes will extend its travelling program, raising awareness of mental health issues and stigma in Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières and Québec City.

Community fund Quebec 2014

Wapikoni Mobile - Montréal, QC

Named in memory of a young Atikamekw anti-suicide activist, Wapikoni Mobile travels across Québec offering support for Aboriginal youth at risk through workshops that enable them to find their voice through film and music. Its mobile studio has toured 25 remote communities, enabling 3,000 young people to produce more than 600 short films and more than 450 songs, many of which won awards. With the Bell Let’s Talk funds, Wapikoni will extend its workshops – which include a screening of the productions for the whole town – to 4 more communities.

Community fund Quebec 2014

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health - Penetanguishene, ON

Waypoint will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support its new Integrated Concurrent Disorders Service which addresses the overwhelming demand for treatment for individuals who have both mental illness and substance use disorders. The program will include regional workshops in Orillia and Barrie, plus training for Waypoint allied staff and the development of an e-learning portal to provide online access to information and support.

Community fund Ontario 2014

William Osler Health System Foundation - Brampton, ON

The Osler Health System has piloted a telephone advice service for doctors – called TAP-LINE – that enables family physicians to get expert support from Osler specialists for timely diagnoses and medical management of patients with mental illness. With the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant, the organization will expand the scope of the service throughout the regional integrated health network, developing communication materials and organizing physician visits to make all 500 family doctors in the region aware of TAP-LINE.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Young People’s Theatre - Toronto, ON

As part of its work to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness, the Young People’s Theatre will use the Bell Let’s Talk funding to subsidize tickets so that low-income young people can attend performances of Emily’s Piano, a play that explores depression and stigma. The grant will also enable YPT to create study guides and deliver 10 in-school and community workshops aimed at students in grades 5 to 10.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Youth Diversion Program - Kingston, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable this organization to deliver a 9-week-long skill-building program for families with children aged 12 to 16. The program, Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth, is an internationally recognized series that improves the child-parent bond. It has been proven to significantly reduce problem behaviours, delinquency and substance abuse while improving social skills and academic performance.

Community fund Ontario 2014