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

Northern Youth Leadership – Yellowknife, NT

This organization runs camps that bring together youth from across Northern Canada to develop the inner and outer resources needed to overcome challenges, realize their full potential and live healthy lives. By intervening at a young age, NYL programming builds resilience and confidence, and develops protective factors for mental wellness. Bell funding will enable NYL focus on helping girls process their experiences, heal through cultural and athletic pursuits and rebuild their lives through skills development.

Community fund Territories 2017

NorWest Co-op Community Health Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

Augmenting its NorWest Youth Hub continuum of services, the Co-op will use BLT funds to hire staff for a Youth Community Action Training (Y-CAT) initiative. Staff will train about 48 youth navigators, aged 18-25, through a 6-module program focused on topics such as mental health rights, addiction and poverty. Participants would then be peer mentor navigators helping youth in need find the right support services.

Community fund Prairies 2017

Physical and Health Education Canada – Ottawa, ON

The Bell Let's Talk grant will support PHE Canada as it develops a series of support tools and resources for teachers in the form of podcast tutorials and downloadable tip sheets for its Teach Resiliency program. This program promotes better mental health and provides strategies for Canada’s 200,000 teachers and administrators to help their 4 million students, and themselves, be more mentally resilient.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Prise II – Montréal, QC

Prise II, an alternative mental health resource, will use the donation from Bell Let's Talk to incorporate a mutual assistance practice into its service offer, and to set up a new group made up of and for people who are completing their journey at Prise II. With this funding, the centre will provide training and experiment with the “intentional peer support” approach, an initiative supported by research and access to other self-help groups.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation – Ottawa, ON

Funding from Bell will be used to train staff leaders in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, plus make available a train-the-trainer course to enable them to teach others within the hospital. This will enable clinicians to treat patients in a crisis setting in the emergency room, improving treatment, reducing wait times and preventing the escalation of mental health crises.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc. (RaY) – Winnipeg, MB

Bell Let's Talk funding will enable RaY to hire additional staff for its program which begins on the streets with outreach and access workers who develop trusting relationships with marginalized youth. They then leverage those relationships to put participants in touch with in-house mental health, addictions, and primary health specialists, who help create co-ordinated care plans to address often-complex needs.

Community fund Prairies 2017

Right to Play – Toronto, ON

A global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity, Right to Play will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to provide Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training for community mentors and staff at its annual training retreats. As well, they will develop a new coping skills resource to help young people who are dealing with mental health issues.

Community fund Ontario 2017

RNJ Youth Services – Brockville, ON

This group will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant to support hiring a full-time youth mental health worker who will provide early intervention for young people participating in any of the group’s numerous services for youth at risk. With daily access to such support, more young people will learn coping skills to better manage their low to medium mental health challenges and/or receive more timely referral to further help.

Community fund Ontario 2017