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.

The 2018 Community Fund application window is now open and runs until March 31, 2018. 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

740,145

Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million

donated

to mental health initiatives

1,051,599

crisis and distress

line callers

492,058

children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs

212,260

individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs

4,265

trained staff and volunteers

3,517

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund

4 out of 5

Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

University of Prince Edward Island – Charlottetown, PE

UPEI will use Bell funds to train two staff members as instructors in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program. Once trained, these staff members will have the mandate to deliver the 2-day ASIST course free of charge to the students, staff and faculty of UPEI, beginning with high-priority groups such as priority groups such as Residence Life Coordinators, Student Affairs officers and other staff who would be the first point of contact for students in crisis.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

Virage Santé mentale – Weedon, QC

As part of its broader services for people with mental health challenges, this organization will initiate group support for people who hear voices, thanks to the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. Through the program, clients gain from sharing with others in the same situation as well as learn more about the affliction, research into its causes and coping strategies, making it easier for them to learn to live with their voices.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Western University – London, ON

As part of its Smart, Healthy Campus program, the university will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to hire a coordinator for its resilience mentorship program which aims to reduce the significant mental health challenges faced by more than half of new students. This will enable more focused support for up to 380 students through 150 mentors.

Community fund Ontario 2017

YMCA Niagara Region – St. Catharines, ON

This organization will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to hire an addiction and mental health support worker to liaise with people in need while they are living in YMCA shelters. The worker will provide one-on-one counselling and help clients navigate the various agencies that are in place to provide in-depth, ongoing support.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Yorktown Child and Family Centre – Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funds will be put to work to enhance the highly successful Yorktown Youth Success program with a new Gateway program which connects young people at risk with the resources they need. Yorktown offers workshops led by youth outreach workers in community spaces, engaging young people in topics that are important to them and providing them with emotional resiliency, social aptitude and soft skills.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Youth Opportunities Unlimited – London, ON

To fill an acknowledged gap in services for young people, this organization will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant to support a pilot program called Cornerstone Counselling, a non-crisis, mental health and/or addictions service for those aged 16 to 25 years. This pilot will test research that indicated that people of that age are much more likely to seek treatment through a “youth hub” rather than through often-intimidating traditional services.

Community fund Ontario 2017