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

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

Hawkesbury & District General Hospital Foundation - Hawkesbury, ON

In an initiative to reduce the waiting list for psychiatric services at the hospital, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to deploying Beating the Blues software. This computer and multi-media technology enables patients feeling stressed, anxious or depressed to access online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions where they can learn strategies to help them better cope in the short term. The Foundation estimates Beat the Blues will reduce the waiting list for therapists by 16%.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Kids Help Phone

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kids Help Phone, Bell and Kids Help Phone announced the largest-ever corporate donation in the organization’s history. Totalling $2.5 million, Bell’s gift to Kids Help Phone will enable innovative new technology initiatives to support the mental health and well-being of young people across Canada.

Major gifts Ontario 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services Incorporated - Waterloo Region, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support Temper Taming Together, a program focused on providing parents and children with skills and strategies to better regulate their emotions and improve parent-child attachment. Stronger family relationships have been shown to foster more positive developmental outcomes, including better mental health. The program addresses many mental health challenges, including impulse control, anxiety and attention deficit disorder.

Community fund Ontario 2014

LOFT Community Services - York Region, ON

LOFT will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to increase housing and assisted living services for at-risk and homeless seniors with mental health and addiction issues in 6 northern communities of York Region. The funds will help provide low-income seniors with affordable housing, recreational activities and psycho-geriatric support to prevent unnecessary hospitalization and postpone institutionalized care. LOFT serves about 1,400 clients a year through its housing and support services and Mobile Support Teams.

Community fund Ontario 2014

London Health Sciences Foundation - London, ON

Many people living with mental health issues are challenged to afford the day-to-day expenses they face to get their treatment, everything from bus tickets and taxi vouchers, to parking, meal costs, and paying for someone to watch the children while the parent is in treatment. The Foundation’s Mental Health Patient Assistance Program, supported by Bell Let’s Talk funding, addresses those needs in order to ensure patients can afford to continue their therapy without financial hardship.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Mental Health Network of Chatham Kent - Chatham-Kent, ON

Through Hope House, the Mental Health Network of Chatham Kent provides 2 free meals daily to its clients, 99% of whom live below the poverty line and suffer from a mental illness. Just as important, in a program directly supported by Bell Let’s Talk, Hope House works with its clients to teach them to plan meals, budget, shop, prepare and store food as well as providing guidance in health and wellness and exercise programs. Even though many are too ill to prepare a whole meal on their own, they take pride in helping in the kitchen.

Community fund Ontario 2014

North Bay Regional Health Centre - North Bay, ON

In an area that runs from James Bay to Bracebridge/Parry Sound and from Wawa to Mattawa, there have been only 10 early psychosis intervention (EPI) programs covering more than 273 communities. Bell funding will enable the Centre to implement an EPI Training Program which, at no cost to the service providers, will significantly increase the capacity for early identification and improve caregivers’ ability to make the appropriate referrals and support the recovery of affected individuals in their home communities.

Community fund Ontario 2014