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

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

Trillium Health Partners Foundation - Mississauga, ON

Clinicians in the hospitals’ Mental Health Adolescent Program treat more than 900 young people a year. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the Foundation to train 10 full-time and 2 part-time staff in a proven form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. The therapy provides patients with strategies to improve their social functioning and effectively manage their tendencies to harm themselves or attempt suicide. The therapy has also proven to reduce burnout among staff.

Community fund Ontario 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

YWCA Elm Centre - Toronto, ON

The YWCA Elm Centre is a 300-apartment community of permanent, affordable and supportive housing, with 150 units designated for women living with mental health issues, including 50 units for women with First Nations backgrounds. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support therapeutic programs, including salaries and supplies for art therapy and for an Aboriginal therapist as the Y works to reduce the residents’ feelings of isolation and marginalization.

Community fund Ontario 2014