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

Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND) at St. Michael's Hospital – Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funds will support CAN-BIND’s Indigenous program which has a long-term goal of reducing substance abuse and suicide among the youth of the Whitefish River First Nation. A factor in the program is addressing mental health challenges in concert with social support and cultural resilience in a community-based program. A major part of the grant will go toward training community members in suicide prevention.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Cancer Society – Toronto, ON

To address the reality that cancer patients experience higher than normal mental health issues, the Society will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to enhance its mental health training for staff and volunteers to ensure they are sensitive to all the needs of the clients. It will also launch a new online matching system that will enable people living with cancer to get peer support by phone or online from a trained volunteer who has experienced similar health challenges.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Mental Health Association, Halton Region Branch – Milton, ON

This Association will leverage Bell Let’s Talk funding to establish a free walk-in counselling service 4 days a week in 3 communities in the region. Counsellors will provide clients aged 16 and up with one-on-one sessions, no appointment necessary, covering a variety of issues from family violence, depression, anxiety and sexual orientation. Counsellors will also be trained to refer clients to the appropriate local resources for ongoing support.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch – Windsor, ON

To address a long wait list, the branch will use its Bell Let's Talk grant for a new Bounce Back program. This is a skill-building program for adults experiencing low mood or stress, offering self-help through an instructional video on DVD or online with practical tips on dealing with depressive symptoms, plus a series of workbooks supported by telephone coaching. The aim is to reach 150 clients a year, offering access to the service within 5 days.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Centre d'Entraide aux Rayons du Soleil Inc. – Shawinigan, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support this organization’s day centre, a place where people with mental health challenges can drop in for help, companionship or just a cup of coffee, creating an environment where distressed people can feel safe and protected. Working with all private and community organizations, the Centre refers clients to the appropriate support service and accompanies them when necessary. It is the only such facility in the community.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Centre d'entraide Émotions – Québec, QC

The Centre focuses on enabling people to express difficult or stressful emotions through art. It will invest Bell Let’s Talk funds in new equipment and training for facilitators of workshops that enable those suffering from mental health challenges to express their inner selves creatively in a safe space, culminating in a large end-of-year exhibition of the art that is open to the public, thus building pride in their achievements.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Centre de prévention du suicide Côte-Nord – Baie-Comeau, QC

As the only suicide-prevention organization in the region, the Centre will use Bell funding to expand its Sentinel Training program which delivers courses on how to recognize and help potential suicide victims. The funding will support travel and related expenses of delivering the free program throughout the district, with the expectation that each new Sentinel will have a direct impact on about 30 other people in the community.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Centre de prévention du suicide de Malartic – Malartic, QC

The Centre will use Bell funding to increase its focus on workplace suicide prevention, creating material for, promoting and covering expenses of workshops held in a variety of workplaces to train a network of Sentinels who are well versed in the signs of potential suicide and how to deal with people exhibiting them.

Community fund Quebec 2017