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

Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre – Pembroke, ON

Dedicated to improving access to mental health care, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to help support hiring a part-time navigator and 2 volunteers who will link with walk-in clinics to guide clients through the process to gain access to resources in the community. They will also liaise with other agencies to ensure the Centre’s resources are current and all- encompassing.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Smilezone Foundation – Oakville, ON

The Foundation will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding in creating more access to inclusive and creative therapy at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Specifically, they will renovate the 8-bed unit, adding equipment for sensory play, art and music therapy, and entertainment as part of enriching the overall atmosphere for youth who need emergency care.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Société québécoise de la schizophrénie et des psychoses apparentées – Montréal, QC

Thanks to funding from Bell Let’s Talk, the Société will be able to expand its humanistic and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) program: families from five remote areas—Côte-Nord, Gaspésie / Les Îles, Abitibi / Témiscamingue, Saguenay / Lac St-Jean and Bas-Saint-Laurent—will be able to benefit from this one-of-a-kind, leading-edge program adapted to people dealing on a daily basis with a loved one made vulnerable by the illness. To sustain the program, local professionals will be trained and supported in order to expand its reach to the entire regional clientele. The training aims to give participants a more thorough knowledge of schizophrenia and allow them to learn effective strategies for intervening with the caregiver as well as the person struggling with a psychotic disorder.

Community fund Quebec 2017

St. Francis Xavier University – Antigonish, NS

BLT funds will support a number of initiatives to improve the university’s mental health first aid response capability, in particular for First Nations students. The university will train another youth course instructor who will augment the school’s ability to deliver an additional 6 first aid courses a year. The funds will also enable training in mental health first aid for more Student Services staff and generally broaden mental health awareness across campus.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation – Hamilton, ON

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will help support hiring a mobile clinician for LGBTQ+ youth, helping about 30 young people a month with individual treatment plans and welcoming support groups to address their mental health and addictions challenges. This person will also help young people navigate the healthcare system should their needs require ongoing and more comprehensive treatment.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Stella's Circle (Stella Burry Foundation) – St. John’s, NL

As part of its work to provide real homes, real help and real work for more than 1,000 clients a year, Stella’s Circle will use BLT funds to train 5 staff in horticulture therapy and to deliver 3 horticulture therapy groups a year. The organization is creating a community garden on 3,200 square metres of land as well as developing indoor garden space to provide participants with the therapeutic opportunity to develop new skills.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

The Canadian Mental Health Association – Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Working with the City of Sault Ste. Marie, the CMHA will develop a peer support program to mitigate the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder in first responders with the help of funding from Bell Let’s Talk. The professionally monitored program will include an e-learning curriculum that will ensure continued mental health training while telephone and/or video counselling will provide remote assessment and treatment.

Community fund Ontario 2017

True North Youth Foundation - Winnipeg, MB

True North Foundation’s grant will be used to facilitate PROJECT 11 teacher training in Northern Manitoba. Inspired and created in honor of Rick Rypien #11, former player of the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, PROJECT 11 was created to support students in grades 5 to 8 with virtual tutorials educating students about mental health. The program uses concepts such as practicing focusing the mind, increasing self-awareness of feelings and strengths, and building positive relationships.

Community fund Prairies 2017