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

Punjabi Community Health Services - Brampton, ON

In supporting the SAHARA BETI group, Bell funding will help at-risk South Asian girls coping with mental health issues and suicide tendencies. In addition to the normal stresses of growing up, South Asian girls may feel more vulnerable because of cultural conflicts with their parents and siblings. SAHARA BETI will provide counselling for girls, develop written and online material and organize public forums to inform and support all family members facing these challenges.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Rainbow’s End Community Development Corporation - Hamilton, ON

Colours Café, at St. Joseph’s Health Care West 5th Campus, not only offers healthy food options to customers, it also provides fulfilling employment for 15 people living with mental illness and serves as a real-life stigma-defying model every day. To support this work, Bell Let’s Talk funding will buy more and better kitchen equipment to enable the café to offer more variety, plus it will be used to buy coffee-cup sleeves that carry an explicit anti-stigma message, raising awareness and keeping the conversation going.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Sheena’s Place - Toronto, ON

Sheena's Place offers hope and support to individuals, families and friends affected by eating disorders through a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services. With its Bell Let’s Talk funding, the organization will develop a support program for men, an often-neglected sector of the population when it comes to eating disorders. The program will include weekly support groups and body image workshops as well as a targeted social media awareness campaign and proactive outreach to the gay, bisexual and trans communities.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Stepping Stones Support Services - Bothwell, ON

Stepping Stones works to find employment for more than 700 clients who live on social assistance and who, in many cases, live with mental illnesses. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable them to train their front-line workers to deal more effectively with clients who, in addition to being under-educated and facing substance abuse issues, often have mental illness challenges. This training will ensure that local community staff will be better prepared to look for mental illness issues in their clients and refer them to the appropriate assistance.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton - Hamilton, ON

With its Bell Let’s Talk grant, the Council will provide suicide prevention training to 1,500 first responders in the police, paramedic and fire services. These public servants are often the first to face people who may be suicidal. This training will teach the most appropriate actions to take when suicidal behaviors are a concern, to themselves, their colleagues or the people they serve. It includes advice on starting the conversation about suicide with those who are vulnerable and information on local resources they can tap into.

Community fund Ontario 2014

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies (CMS) - Toronto, ON

CMS and St. Joseph's Health Centre have launched an innovative partnership to integrate their mindfulness-based therapy programs so that clients can receive support at either the hospital or CMS. Supported by Bell Let’s Talk funding, the program will enable patients to choose either the hospital or the community clinic to receive treatment. It will also potentially reduce demand on hospital resources and reduce stigma by providing an alternative to hospital outpatient care.

Community fund Ontario 2014

The Peer Project – Youth Assisting Youth - Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable this organization to expand its One-to-One Mentoring Program to the high needs community of Scarborough, through the focused work of a team that includes a staff social worker, a parent support worker and a volunteer recruiter. This will enable, among other things, more training for youth volunteers and a stepped-up intake and assessment process in which a social worker will visit each child’s home and provide families with referrals to specialized resources.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Toronto Public Library Foundation - Toronto, ON

In an effort to reduce stigma and improve access to care for library users, Toronto Public Health, Streets to Homes and the Toronto Public Library operate an outreach project that enables professional health providers and social workers to directly connect with these individuals in the library. Our Bell Let's Talk community funding will support a public health nurse to proactively engage with people who may be affected by mental health issues and to work with staff in the Toronto Reference / Yorkville library who often need guidance in responding effectively to patrons at risk.

Community fund Ontario 2014