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.

The 2018 Community Fund application window is now open and runs until March 31, 2018. Click here for more information.

Small action. Big impact.


Total number of interactions



in Community Fund grants


Community Fund grants

$2.54 million in grants

Children & Youth

$646K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.25 million in grants

Military family support


Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million


to mental health initiatives


crisis and distress

line callers


children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs


individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs


trained staff and volunteers


military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund

4 out of 5

Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

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

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

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and Bell announced a gift of $1 million from Bell Let’s Talk to support the new Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre. When it opens in Spring 2017, the Centre will be the largest purpose-built mental health facility in British Columbia and one of the largest in Canada.

Major gifts British Columbia 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