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

Take A Hike Youth At Risk Foundation - Vancouver, BC

Focused on instilling positive change in the mental health of at-risk youth, Take a Hike (TAH) is an alternative education program that provides a unique combination of academics, therapy, adventure-based learning and community involvement for young people struggling with a wide range of issues such as addiction, low self-esteem, anxiety, attention deficit and depression. Bell Let’s Talk funding supports full-time therapists who are with the participants every day in Vancouver, Trail and Burnaby in the only program of its kind in B.C.

Community fund British Columbia 2015

The Canadian Mental Health Association, South Cariboo Branch - Williams Lake, BC

The Association will offer free on-site mental health workshops for staff of Cariboo employers in up to 10 communities, including mills, mines, First Nations bands and school districts. This will enable the CMHA to reach a large new audience that often overlooks, misunderstands or lacks access to mental health supports. It will also educate employers on the business benefits of reducing stress in their employee base and increasing productivity by being more engaged in the mental health of their staff, leading to an overall reduction in stigma.

Community fund British Columbia 2015

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa - Ottawa, ON

The Society will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to establish group sessions in cognitive behavioural therapy for women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. These sessions will target low-income, at-risk women who cannot afford private counselling and include individual counselling as needed. Along with benefits for the women involved, it will also reduce pressure on emergency services by offering support in the community to augment health care services at the Royal Ottawa.

Community fund Ontario 2015

Toronto Rehab Foundation - Toronto, ON

As Canada’s largest centre for adult physical rehabilitation, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to establish Let’s Connect, an early-intervention program to address the mental health challenges of people with spinal cord injury, in particular during the months just prior to and just after discharge when the risk of psychological distress is highest. It will also offer workshops and a webinar to further educate clinicians and the broader public about the specific issues facing these patients.

Community fund Ontario 2015

Victoria Hospitals Foundation - Victoria, BC

Bell Let’s Talk funds will enable 2 physicians to train in a new treatment – repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) – being made available in B.C. for the first time in 2016 through Royal Jubilee Hospital. After training at Harvard University and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, these physicians will share their knowledge with other Island Health physicians and caregivers who will use or refer clients to this novel treatment for depression and hallucinations in patients who don’t respond to psychiatric medications.

Community fund British Columbia 2015

West Nipissing Suicide Prevention Task Force - Sturgeon Falls, ON

Through Project Hope, the task force will extend its community-based suicide prevention activity into the school systems to decrease stigma, increase awareness and allow people touched by suicide and mental illness to share their experiences. Project Hope will train facilitators in proven programs that give advice on how to talk about suicide and access local resources. It will also organize a large community event in conjunction with a Flame of Hope ceremony to give the issues an even higher public profile.

Community fund Ontario 2015

YWCA Québec - Québec City, QC

Serving more than 250 women with mental health disorders every year, the YWCA will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding in an additional social worker to enhance the support offered. Among other things, this person will accompany clients to important appointments, arrange activities for the clients and help them maintain their residential stability at the Y or at their permanent lodgings. The staff member will also offer workshops related to mental health to raise awareness of the issues and share knowledge of available resources for help.

Community fund Quebec 2015