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

Tel-Aide Outaouais – Gatineau, QC

The volunteers who staff this help line answer 8.033 calls a year, providing information and referrals to francophones in the Ottawa-Gatineau region for 16 hours a day, 365 days a year. To address an apparent rise in anxiety disorders among young adults, the organization is using Bell Let’s Talk funding for outreach, specifically to offer 60 staff members at the Centre Nouvel-Horizon and Centre l’Escale training in detection and early intervention for young adults mental health.

Community fund Quebec 2016

The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords – North Battleford, SK

The Lighthouse serves approximately 500 vulnerable people a year, providing emergency shelter, transitional suites and a community kitchen. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a new Aboriginal Peer Support Worker who will guide individuals through the process of staying at the shelter and finding the right mental health support, as well as working with other community organizations to co-ordinate effective mental health care and recovery beyond the shelter.

Community fund Prairies 2016

The Pottle Centre – St. John’s, NL

A drop-in social and recreational centre for adults who need mental health services, the Pottle Centre will use its Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to fill a critical gap in staff training, especially in areas such as addictions and concurrent disorders, violence, grief and trauma. Currently, all of the Centre’s funds go to serving its clientele with a variety of free services, ranging from fitness classes and cultural and sports activities to organized games and outings such as movie trips.

Community fund Atlantic 2016

UNITY Charity – Northern Alberta

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the Northern Alberta First Nation Express Your Stress Arts Educational Program. This is a series of school-based programs focused on mental health messaging, specifically on anxiety, depression, awareness, and stigma. The 10-day program will be in schools and community spaces in Fort McMurray, Janvier, Anzac, Fort Chipewyan and Fort McKay. It will target young people from 10 to 18 years old with a 2-day program in each community, including school assembles and artistic development workshops.

Community fund Prairies 2016

Upstream Ottawa – Ottawa, ON

Upstream Ottawa provides intensive mental health case management with a family focus to those suffering from severe and persistent mental illness, serving about 70 clients a year. With the Bell Let’s Talk grant, they will hire a person to design and implement a volunteer network to relieve clinical staff of the need to help clients with non-clinical activities such as giving rides to medical/rehab appointments or grocery shopping, routine tasks that can consume up to 30% of clinicians’ time.

Community fund Ontario 2016

VALPABEM – Val d’Or

This organization works to co-ordinate treatment for those with mental disorders and support for their family caregivers. This Bell Let’s Talk grant will fund workshops for young children plus offering the parents their own workshops with advice and information on the disorder at the same time and place so that both child and parent are learning the same strategies simultaneously. 

Community fund Quebec 2016

Victim Services Toronto – Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support training and equipment for Toronto’s first trauma dog program to help reduce the impact of trauma on children's mental health. Of the 20,000 people Victim Services Toronto helps each year, more than 7,000 are children. The trauma dog and a trained handler will support children under the age of 17 who have witnessed or been involved in traumatic and/or violent events. Research shows that trauma dogs can significantly reduce anxiety and stress and ultimately mitigate the effects of trauma.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society – Victoria, BC

In its work to assist in the settlement and adjustment of newcomers to Canada, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to hire an Assessment Coordinator who will assess clients and refer them to the appropriate branch of the Immigrant and Refugee Wellness Centre. This person will also train frontline workers from 3 other organizations to recognize trauma in their clients and know when to refer them for assessment.

Community fund British Columbia 2016