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

St. Joseph’s Health Care London – London, ON

With a special focus on helping senior citizens living with mental illness and aboriginal communities from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula, this institution will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support the training of community clinicians in proven problem-solving therapy. The grant will also help in the development of a user-friendly problem-solving workbook that allows the client to monitor their depressive symptoms and actively engage in their own recovery, supporting ongoing mental health vitality to help members of these often isolated demographics.

Community fund Ontario 2016

St. Stephen’s Community Housing – Toronto, ON

St. Stephen’s serves about 25,000 vulnerable people in downtown Toronto with housing and counselling, including more than 1,500 youth at risk. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the organization to hire two youth workers who will co-ordinate outreach into community schools, organizing the bundle of services for the youth clients (housing, employment, academic support) and following up to make sure the clients attend all appointments so they can overcome their mental health challenges.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will enable this organization – which protects and promotes the mental health of post-secondary student athletes across Canada – to train almost 450 coaches and athletes in universities across Atlantic Canada in a variety of suicide prevention therapies. This is an extension of the organization’s work to not only eliminate stigma through educational programming, but also to provide communities with tangible life-saving skills now.

Community fund Atlantic 2016

TAIBU Community Health Centre – Scarborough (ON)

With Bell Let’s Talk funding, TAIBU intends to expand its current suite of services with community-based, easily accessible and culturally appropriate psychological and psychotherapy services. Specifically, the grant will enable improved intake assessment producing an individualized and comprehensive care and follow-up plan as well as a telemedicine service for clients who have difficulty getting to the Centre.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Tel-Aide - Montréal, QC

Tel-Aide provides a free telephone listening service that is confidential and anonymous, in English and French, 24/7. Over the past 45 years, Tel-Aide listeners, all volunteers, have responded to more than one million calls from people in distress having a need to talk confidentially. A lack of funding has rendered the tools completely obsolete and Bell’s funding will help modernize the telephone equipment and make a significant improvement for volunteer listeners who are listening day and night.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Tel-Aide Outaouais – Gatineau, QC

The volunteers who staff this help line answer 8.033 calls a year, providing information and referrals to francophones in the Ottawa-Gatineau region for 16 hours a day, 365 days a year. To address an apparent rise in anxiety disorders among young adults, the organization is using Bell Let’s Talk funding for outreach, specifically to offer 60 staff members at the Centre Nouvel-Horizon and Centre l’Escale training in detection and early intervention for young adults mental health.

Community fund Quebec 2016

The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords – North Battleford, SK

The Lighthouse serves approximately 500 vulnerable people a year, providing emergency shelter, transitional suites and a community kitchen. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a new Aboriginal Peer Support Worker who will guide individuals through the process of staying at the shelter and finding the right mental health support, as well as working with other community organizations to co-ordinate effective mental health care and recovery beyond the shelter.

Community fund Prairies 2016

The Pottle Centre – St. John’s, NL

A drop-in social and recreational centre for adults who need mental health services, the Pottle Centre will use its Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to fill a critical gap in staff training, especially in areas such as addictions and concurrent disorders, violence, grief and trauma. Currently, all of the Centre’s funds go to serving its clientele with a variety of free services, ranging from fitness classes and cultural and sports activities to organized games and outings such as movie trips.

Community fund Atlantic 2016