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

Service d’Intégration au Travail de la Mauricie – Trois-Rivières, QC

Currently the organization provides employment opportunities for 200 people living with mental illness in the Mauricie region, largely through recovery and recycling of metals and the manufacture and sale of stained glass. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the hiring of an additional social worker to increase the number of job opportunities on offer and to augment the number of partner companies who will provide places for clients to re-integrate into the community.

Community fund Quebec 2016

Siloam Mission – Winnipeg, MB

Siloam Mission's programs assist clients to move forward in their lives through goal setting, weekly meetings and other support. The Mission’s emergency services keep people alive and their transition services help people live up to their potential by supporting their access to mental health resources. They will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to train front line support staff and select members of the volunteer and client community to assist these individuals, of which there are about 135 on the caseload at any given time.

Community fund Prairies 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

St. Joseph’s Health Care London – London, ON

With a special focus on helping senior citizens living with mental illness and aboriginal communities from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula, this institution will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support the training of community clinicians in proven problem-solving therapy. The grant will also help in the development of a user-friendly problem-solving workbook that allows the client to monitor their depressive symptoms and actively engage in their own recovery, supporting ongoing mental health vitality to help members of these often isolated demographics.

Community fund Ontario 2016

St. Stephen’s Community Housing – Toronto, ON

St. Stephen’s serves about 25,000 vulnerable people in downtown Toronto with housing and counselling, including more than 1,500 youth at risk. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the organization to hire two youth workers who will co-ordinate outreach into community schools, organizing the bundle of services for the youth clients (housing, employment, academic support) and following up to make sure the clients attend all appointments so they can overcome their mental health challenges.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will enable this organization – which protects and promotes the mental health of post-secondary student athletes across Canada – to train almost 450 coaches and athletes in universities across Atlantic Canada in a variety of suicide prevention therapies. This is an extension of the organization’s work to not only eliminate stigma through educational programming, but also to provide communities with tangible life-saving skills now.

Community fund Atlantic 2016

TAIBU Community Health Centre – Scarborough (ON)

With Bell Let’s Talk funding, TAIBU intends to expand its current suite of services with community-based, easily accessible and culturally appropriate psychological and psychotherapy services. Specifically, the grant will enable improved intake assessment producing an individualized and comprehensive care and follow-up plan as well as a telemedicine service for clients who have difficulty getting to the Centre.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Tel-Aide - Montréal, QC

Tel-Aide provides a free telephone listening service that is confidential and anonymous, in English and French, 24/7. Over the past 45 years, Tel-Aide listeners, all volunteers, have responded to more than one million calls from people in distress having a need to talk confidentially. A lack of funding has rendered the tools completely obsolete and Bell’s funding will help modernize the telephone equipment and make a significant improvement for volunteer listeners who are listening day and night.

Community fund Quebec 2016