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

Big Brother Big Sisters of South West Durham – Pickering, ON

With the support of Bell Let’s Talk, this organization will hire a social worker to develop and deliver 10 distinct training sessions for frontline mentors whose mandate is to facilitate positive mental health in the children the agency serves. The training will emphasize topics such as identifying early signs/symptoms of mental illness, reducing stigma, coping skills, positive personal development and community resources.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Canadian Mental Health Association – Thunder Bay Branch – Thunder Bay, ON

CMHA Thunder Bay will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to implement the next step in their adoption of the Coaching Outside the Box model for staff and administration so they can better serve their 500 clients. Specifically, the grant will enable the organization to train 10 employees in this model, a proven method of improving overall communication and the ability to resolve conflicts, thus enhancing team dynamics by focusing on accountability and solutions.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) – National

CRE builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth aged 14 to 29 through exchanges, conferences, workshops and leadership training programs. Bell Let’s Talk funding will cover Mental Health first Aid training costs for 25 youth leaders of CRE’s national Youth Reconciliation Initiative that they will then deliver in 11 workshops across the country including to remote and fly-in First Nations communities and to 250 participants at the organization’s annual national conference in Winnipeg.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Child and Family Centre – Sudbury, ON

As the lead child and youth mental health agency for the Sudbury-Manitoulin District, the CFC offers a wide variety of services, including a walk-in centre. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the agency to expand the walk-in service to more rural communities to better meet the needs of under-served populations, including francophones and First Nations people. Funding will cover staff training and promotion of the service to raise awareness.

Community fund Ontario 2016

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

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