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.

The 2018 Community Fund application window is now open and runs until March 31, 2018. 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

740,145

Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million

donated

to mental health initiatives

1,051,599

crisis and distress

line callers

492,058

children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs

212,260

individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs

4,265

trained staff and volunteers

3,517

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund

4 out of 5

Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

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 Red Cross

A $150,000 donation from Bell Let's Talk will see the Canadian Red Cross will incorporate mental health programming into its standard first aid training and launch a new Canadian Red Cross program focused on training first responders to look beyond physical symptoms and evaluate emotional well-being following an emergency such as a natural disaster.

Major gifts 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

CDFM huron-wendat – Wendake, QC

CDFM is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop a comprehensive and sustained wellness and prevention program to supplement the psycho-educational services it offers to francophone First Nations students. The focus is on equipping clients with the skills to take care of themselves and their families and to provide them the information they need to recognize the signs of mental illness and where and how to ask for help.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Centre de prévention du suicide 02 – Chicoutimi, QC

Since the suicide rate of men is 4 times that of women, this Bell Let’s Talk-funded program focuses on supporting men in relationship crisis who are particularly vulnerable in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and the Chapais-Chibougamau regions. The organization’s staff and volunteers will emphasize defusing the crisis and providing follow-up counselling, enabling the men to develop new personal and social skills as well as the willingness to seek assistance.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Centre de Rétablissement le Renfort – Alma, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable this group to add a staff person to focus on enhancing its program to improve the self-management of depression. This person will spearhead workshops in each of the three regions covered by the Centre to address key self-care issues such as anxiety, depression, bi-polarity and self-esteem. Overall, the Centre provides transitional housing and crisis beds, family support and help with integration into society and job placement.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Centretien de Nicolet et Régions – Nicolet, QC

In an initiative to both help people with mental illness develop their potential and raise awareness in the general public, this organization is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to launch a program in which participants explore their mental illness experience through photography. The public exhibit they prepare will be educational for them and help them gain insight into their own challenges. Plus, the exhibit will be an ongoing outreach tool to open up the conversation about mental health with the larger community.

Community fund Quebec 2016

CÉPOP - Centre d’écoinitiatives populaires – Magog, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding is being used to hire a counsellor/trainer to develop a fully rounded horticultural therapy program to promote social integration and self-worth for clients of the Centre. The program includes a garden design suitable for people of different levels of need. The new program will augment the Centre’s initiatives in helping people with a variety of mental health problems through the operation of a garden park, an urban greenhouse and a community cafeteria and catering service.

Community fund Quebec 2016