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

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

Fondation Hôpital Pierre-Boucher - Longueuil, QC

Bell’s funding will enable the hospital to add a new person to the care team – a peer supporter. This is someone who is living with a mental disorder and who, because he or she has overcome the illness, serves as a model of hope and inspiration for individuals and families served by the hospital. As someone with firsthand experience, this person will also provide authentic support and information and will ensure the full participation of the people affected in the choice of treatments.

Community fund Quebec 2014

Government of Alberta

Joint initiative to enhance mental health services for children and youth throughout the province, especially those in rural and remote communities, with a single online access point to mental health information and care.

Major gifts Prairies 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

L’Autre Rive - Sherbrooke, QC

To reduce or eliminate the waiting list for its services to those suffering from anxiety issues, L’Autre Rive will revamp its welcome and orientation service with its funding from Bell Let’s Talk. This includes offering additional and more timely individual assessment meetings, establishing a group that coaches members on self-help strategies over a 7-week period, and organizing support groups that enable participants to interact with others who share their issues in a safe and trusting environment.

Community fund Quebec 2014

La Fondation du Refuge pour femmes Chez Doris Inc. - Montréal, QC

To expand its day shelter services for women, many of whom are homeless, Chez Doris will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to open a mental health clinic to guide its clients to the appropriate treatment. The shelter will hire a part-time psychiatric nurse – to complement the visiting psychiatrist – who will give hands-on advice to women who need mental health services. This person will also provide ongoing teaching about mental illness to the organization’s caregivers, enabling them to more effectively help clients and reduce the risk of burnout.

Community fund Quebec 2014