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

Village des Sources l’Étoile Filante – Cap-Egmont, PEI

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will support half the cost for 75 adult youth workers and French-language teachers of grades 5–12 students to take an intensive 14-hour Mental Health First Aid course enabling them to better deal with young people suffering from a variety of issues, ranging from substance abuse, eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, depression and self harm. The Centre is a non-profit organization that offers social and personal development camps during the school year to students attending French schools across the province.

Community fund Atlantic 2016

Westcoast Family Centres – Vancouver, BC

As part of its mandate to help parents gain better skills, this group will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to mount a series of Kids Have Stress Too! workshops for parents whose children aged 2 to 8 may be exhibiting anxiety and worrying behaviours. The funding will support the hiring of a facilitator and two child minders for each 3-hour session to be offered around the lower mainland.

Community fund British Columbia 2016

Yukon Health and Social Services

A joint $500,000 project was announced with Bell Let’s Talk, Northwestel and Yukon Health and Social Services to support the launch of the FRIENDS cognitive behaviour group-based intervention program throughout the territory. The project will provide mental health prevention and treatment services through trained facilitators in rural Yukon and Whitehorse with a specific focus for First Nation adolescents and girls at social-emotional risk.

Major gifts Territories 2016

YWCA Peterborough Haliburton – Peterborough, ON

To better serve clients at its abused women’s shelter who suffer from mental illness, the YWCA will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to train staff. Working with the Canadian Mental Health Association, the training will enable the organization to increase the availability, level and scope of services in the community, proactively ensuring greater access to direct care for these vulnerable women. It will focus in particular on breaking the stigma that so often keeps these women from seeking help.

Community fund Ontario 2016