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

Children’s Aid Foundation – Toronto, ON

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will support a pilot project to provide 50 young clients of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto with Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which has proven effective in managing symptoms such as anxiety and depression, especially in trauma-related cases. Without this support, the Society has no money to provide this therapy, which involves 8-12 weeks of private specialized counselling designed to help the youths overcome the trauma and be positioned for future success.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Connecting Women with Scarborough Services – Tides Canada – Scarborough, ON

This organization – a partnership of community agencies that provides a co-ordinated approach to addressing violence against women – is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to hire staff to extend its services to 2 underserviced areas of Scarborough and to make services more accessible for women who often find themselves isolated by violence. The initiative focuses on enhancing access to mental health services through a coordinated service intake model and training for frontline staff throughout the city.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation – Cornwall, ON

To make the most of the city’s new Addiction and Mental Health Centre – which opens in the fall of 2016 to provide a single point of access for those experiencing addiction or mental health issues – the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop and implement a family-inclusive model of care, the first of its kind in eastern Ontario. As well, the hospital will establish a train-the-trainer program to improve the skills of volunteers.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Corporation le Zéphir Chibougamau-Chapais Inc. – Chibougamau, QC

The organization will augment its already broad range of services to those with mental disorders by creating 3 groups in the region of Nord-du-Québec to support those who hear voices. Through expert-led sessions, supported by peers with similar experiences, participants will learn strategies to tame the voices and improve their self-esteem and confidence. This will also raise the profile of the affliction and serve to reduce the stigma that surrounds it.

Community fund Quebec 2016

D’un couvert à l’autre (DCL) – Longueuil, QC

DCL has helped or is currently helping more than 200 individuals with schizophrenia to integrate into society. With its Bell Let’s Talk grant, the organization is tripling the collaboration it sponsors between people with schizophrenia and social work students in community colleges in the area. This not only helps those with schizophrenia to gain confidence in social settings, it also gives the students real-life insight into the challenges those sufferers face.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Déclic - Montréal, QC

Serving a clientele of young adults with learning challenges and related problems, Déclic is a collective enterprise that provides services to support schooling and social integration. Every year, Déclic offers psychosocial assistance, counselling, coaching and therapy to some 75 individuals in an effort to support their reintegration and continued adult education. And thanks to the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund , Déclic will work with school groups, providing mental health counselling and anxiety management activities to support educational achievement. For the most part, these young people with complex psychosocial profiles don't have access to the care and assistance needed to understand, manage and treat their mental health problems through public services.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Distress Centre Oakville – Oakville, ON

The volunteers at this agency staff 2 call centres and handle about 1,100 crisis calls and texts a month for people in Halton Region suffering from loneliness and emotional stress. They will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to upgrade their systems to expand their confidential, no-cost service to better handle the growing population base.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Eastman Safety Training Centre – Steinbach, MB

The Centre, which offers corporate and community first aid and safety training, will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to launch the first free Mental Health First Aid training classes in southeast Manitoba.

Community fund Prairies 2016