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

Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation - Burlington, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will help sustain the CAP Clinic, the community’s primary access point for children and adolescents in need of mental health services. The clinic provides direct and timely access to the full spectrum of mental health services including assessment, treatment and aftercare. Since 2013, the clinic has seen a 400% jump in referrals for services and assessment, including a 310% increase in access to the child and adolescent psychiatrist and a 157% increase in access to the clinic social worker.

Community fund Ontario 2015

Kindercare Foundation -Toronto, ON

With support from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, the Foundation will provide more access to practical workshops to support parents as they strive to support their children suffering from mental illness across the GTA. It will also disseminate throughout the community the Practical Skills for Parents video series, as well as the Workshop Facilitator Manual, to share this practical approach with more families, community organizations and health providers.

Community fund Ontario 2015

L'Arrêt-Source - Montréal, QC

To help young women who face mental health, abuse, addiction and family challenges, l'Arrêt-Source has created a program in collaboration with the Victoria Institute to provide women aged 18-30 with the skills they need to re-integrate into society. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support this intervention program which is unique in Québec. It includes weekly group meetings covering skills development, effective interpersonal relationships, self awareness and emotional self regulation. The program also includes individualized follow-up.

Community fund Quebec 2015

L'Envolée - Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC

To extend its support for people with mental health problems, l’Evolée piloted Dynamo ISM, a platform compiling information and resources on a website. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the organization to hire staff to launch a second phase of Dynamo ISM, disseminating the information more proactively through community partners using tactics such as background visits, a monthly newsletter, awareness-raising events and an active presence on social media to strengthen collaboration among support agencies.

Community fund Quebec 2015

La Fondation de ma vie - Chicoutimi, QC

The Foundation offers a free program for up to 50 young people at a time, promoting physical activities to normalize their lives as they deal with a variety of disorders, from depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support this program which, working in collaboration with the outpatient clinic of the Centre for Health and Social Services Chicoutimi (CSSSC), provides access to activities linked to the interests and strengths of the adolescents in order to build their physical well-being and self esteem.

Community fund Quebec 2015

Lanark County Mental Health, Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital - Smiths Falls, ON

The funded program answers increasing demand from clients who want ongoing support after their primary group programs have wound up. Specifically, it would enable the agency to train 14 people as peer group facilitators with the Ontario Peer Development Initiative. These peer support workers would then be able to serve the needs of about 150 group clients a year for up to a year, to ensure they continue to get support for mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, trauma, anxiety, depression or symptoms of psychosis.

Community fund Ontario 2015

Le Pont de Rouyn-Noranda - Rouyn-Noranda, QC

This organization works to improve the rehabilitation and social integration of adults with mental health difficulties, aged 18 years and older. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will offer a program called “Autonomy in Everyday Life” to their clients, providing them with guidance in all key aspects of living in the community life, such apartment living, personal hygiene, cooking and laundry skills and through the group’s Kitchen Court, basic meal preparation and food preservation.

Community fund Quebec 2015

Lutherwood Foundation - Waterloo, ON

As the lead agency for children’s mental health services in Waterloo Region, Lutherwood serves more than 22,500 people annually, including those in the highly successful Connect Parenting Group pilot program which helps foster healthier parent-child relationships, particularly where the children suffer from serious mental health challenges. Bell Let’s Talk community funding will support training for more facilitators and the development of the program so that it reaches more families.

Community fund Ontario 2015