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

Essex Windsor EMS – Windsor, ON

To improve the standard of care for first responders in Windsor and Essex County, this organization will invest Bell Let’s Talk funds in a pilot project to ensure mental health is a significant element of the care provided to those who respond to life and death situations regularly as part of their job. The project will ensure that all peer support activities are overseen by a mental health professional to ensure that the support adheres to best practices in early intervention and that help is readily available for more severe cases.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Fairview Mennonite Home – Cambridge, ON

Fairview houses more than 300 seniors in various levels of retirement living. To improve its services, the Home will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to provide 360 Degrees of Wellness training including Mental Health First Aid, to both staff and residents so that residents can, when possible, manage their own mental health challenges with the support of the knowledgeable staff.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Gerstein Crisis Centre – Toronto, ON

To augment its work with people in crisis, the Gerstein Crisis Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to introduce a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), a proven peer-led program in which individuals work together to design their own recovery plans, incorporating physical activity as a core strategy. The grant will cover 5 groups in the 8-week program, providing benefits to 75 young people.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Grand River Hospital – Kitchener, ON

Children with dual diagnosis – for instance both a developmental and a mental health disorder – present a difficult challenge even in a well-respected children’s mental health unit such as the Grand River Hospital. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will support a year-long pilot project in which outside specialists will be brought in to develop individual behavioural plans for challenging patients and to work with full-time staff as coach and consultant.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Madison Community Services – Toronto, ON

A mental health agency that provides housing and support programs, Madison is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to expand its RISE (recovery during immigration and settlement) program. Specifically the grant will enable Madison to make its Arabic and Farsi-speaking case managers available 5 days a week as the agency copes with the recent influx of refugees from the war-torn Middle East, many of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre – Little Current, ON

An agency that supports the health of Anishinabek and Aboriginal communities on Manitoulin Island, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to support an additional day a week for a child and youth worker to provide clinical assessments, counselling and referral services at the Centre as well as work in the community to promote and educate about wholistic health practices with individuals and other community agencies.

Community fund Ontario 2016

ROCK – Burlington, ON

To fill an identified gap in mental health services for young people in Acton and Georgetown, this agency will us Bell Let’s Talk funding to expand its successful Youth Aiding Youth program to reach more children aged 6-12. Specifically, that means at least doubling the number of schools in which they operate their regular social skills groups during classroom hours plus adding another evening group to help address children who are experiencing challenges including ADHD, social anxiety, autism, behavioural concerns and bullying.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Smiths Falls & District Centre for Youth – Smiths Falls, ON

The Centre will invest the Bell Let’s Talk grant in safeTALK training for 1,500 youths, enabling them to become suicide-alert helpers, able to recognize early signs of people with suicidal thoughts and equipped to help them find the right support. The agency will also implement mental health first aid awareness campaigns to make 2 school boards, 5 communities and 23 schools more aware of and safer from suicide.

Community fund Ontario 2016