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

Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health - Whitby, ON

Ontario Shores will invest its Bell Let’s Talk grant in enhancing its Transitional Aged Youth Outpatient clinic which serves people aged 16-25. The aim is to reduce the waiting list which now numbers more than 270 young adults waiting for the anxiety and mood, traumatic stress and borderline personality clinics. The grant will help decrease hospitalization through earlier interventions, provide personalized treatment plans, and establish stronger community partnerships to support the patients' discharge path.

Community fund Ontario 2015

Parents’ Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLEO) - Ottawa, ON

With the help of Bell Let’s Talk funding, this organization will offer a Family Support Provision program providing one-on-one, face-to-face support to help reduce wait times for mental health services for families of children and youth with complex issues, by enabling them to connect with less well-known community programs that offer faster access. A Family Support Provider (FSP) will work with up to 48 families, providing each with a support plan that includes information on resources, a crisis plan and will help develop a collaborative relationship between patients, their caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Community fund Ontario 2015

Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre - Toronto, ON

PARC provides a place of safety for people discharged from mental health care centres who are living on the streets or in rooming houses in the Parkdale neighbourhood. Bell Let's Talk funding will enhance PARC’s peer accompaniment program in numerous ways, including increased training for staff, a streamlined monitoring system and the production of a video to promote the program as a model from which other organizations can learn, thus enabling more clients to benefit from early crisis intervention and maintain follow-up care appointments.

Community fund Ontario 2015

PECH - Québec City, QC

Located in Québec’s inner city, PECH offers services to those with mental health issues complicated by homelessness, criminal activity or addictions. With funding from Bell Let’s Talk, PECH will launch a new group intervention program with a focus on peer support and social diversity. This will enable the organization to reach more people in need and their families.

Community fund Quebec 2015

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta - Red Deer, AB

The Society will use the grant to help launch a series of webcasts to ensure clients and their families who live in rural areas of the province are aware of and have access to the wide range of programs offered to people living with schizophrenia and related disorders, plus their family members. Using Skype, Adobe Connects and other interactive programs, the webcasts will enhance the effectiveness of programs such as peer support, phone support, illness management and family support.

Community fund Prairies 2015

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk will support the acquisition of a database management system to enable the Society to expand its Ask the Expert (ATE) program to meet demand that has quadrupled in the last 5 years. ATE is Canada's only support line assisting families and individuals living with schizophrenia and psychosis, staffed by counsellors and crisis intervention workers who provide counselling and advice on accessing the proper support. This is especially important for those in rural communities where access to customized services does not exist.

Community fund Ontario 2015

St. Michael’s Hospital - Toronto, ON

With support from Bell Let’s Talk, the hospital will acquire a comprehensive curriculum of material for its STAR (Supporting Transitions and Recovery) Learning Centre, Canada's first recovery college. This is a new way to support mental health recovery through education rather than traditional health services. STAR is led by individuals with lived experience of mental health issues, aided by mental health professionals, and includes instruction in recovery action planning, applied suicide intervention skills and mental health first aid.

Community fund Ontario 2015

Suicide Prevention Resource Centre - Grande Prairie, AB

The Centre is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to expand its Breakfast Club program for kids from 9-12 to meet demand that has increased significantly in the 3 years since the program was created to serve even younger kids. The Centre will add 2 workshops for young people experiencing conflict or emotional struggles, providing them with better social supports and enabling them to develop better coping skills, self-esteem and the ability to make more healthy choices

Community fund Prairies 2015