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

Eastman Safety Training Centre – Steinbach, MB

The Centre, which offers corporate and community first aid and safety training, will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to launch the first free Mental Health First Aid training classes in southeast Manitoba.

Community fund Prairies 2016

Eating Disorders Nova Scotia– Dartmouth, NS

To battle the ongoing scourge of eating disorders, Eating Disorders Nova Scotia will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to deliver training to peer support groups in three additional communities in the province: Bridgewater, Antigonish and Kentville. The organization’s peer support groups reduce isolation, build healthy coping skills and encourage people to seek help in a safe, supportive environment.

Community fund Atlantic 2016

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

Fondation de la santé de Rivière-du-Loup – Rivière-du-Loup, QC

To better support the recovery and re-integration of people with mental health issues into the community, the Foundation is establishing an intervention centre geared at youth aged 14-28 experiencing their first psychosis episode outside of the hospital walls. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support clinical tools targeted to their particular needs.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Fondation du CSSS Cavendish - Montréal, QC

Participe-présent is an innovative program that promotes mental health for seniors through social participation. The program is intended for a population under-served by traditional programs: seniors grappling with mental health issues, living in isolation and social exclusion. With support from the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund, the goal is to promote the use of community resources and services providing opportunities for seniors to enjoy fulfilling social contact and activities. The program offers participants individual meetings to determine their interests, a group workshop, as well as tours of community organizations. The thought-provoking and interactive workshops cover topics such as assertive communication, citizen participation and financial management. After the project is completed, a facilitation kit will be made available in both official languages, complete with all the necessary tools and tips to help other organizations offer the program to seniors in their regions.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Fondation du CSSS de La Côte-de-Gaspé – Gaspé, QC

This funding will enable the creation of a therapeutic arts program focused on photography. Each year, 10 participants – each of them challenged by mental health issues – will learn to express themselves through photography. The program will not only build self-confidence and create new relationships, it will also raise broader awareness of mental illness across the community through an annual public exhibition of the work of those taking part.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Fondation Hôtel-Dieu d’Arthabaska – Victoriaville, QC

To address the needs of patients suffering from borderline personality disorder, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to create a specialized outpatient clinic, staffed by 2 full-time clinicians offering dialectical behavioural therapy. Initially, the clinic would benefit 2 groups of 20 patients a week but over time all members of the Department of Psychiatry will be trained to ensure the support offered by the hospital is able to meet the demand from the community.

Community fund Quebec 2016