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.


Total number of interactions



in Community Fund grants


Community Fund grants

$2.54 million in grants

Children & Youth

$646K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.25 million in grants

Military family support


Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million


to mental health initiatives


crisis and distress

line callers


children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs


individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs


trained staff and volunteers


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

Addiction and Mental Health Services Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington – Kingston, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the training of 6 trainers who will in turn train about 200 others in a series of courses on suicide prevention and support for families of those with mental health challenges. In addition, the grant will enable the organization to add new material to its community-access resource library as well as other material for distribution throughout the community, creating long-term support for years to come.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Brockville General Hospital Foundation – Brockville, ON

As part of its recreation therapy program for in-patients, the hospital will use Bell Let’s Talk Community funds to launch a music therapy initiative. The grant will cover the cost of a musical therapy specialist as well as equipment that the recreation therapist can use at any time. Staff asked for the new program after seeing that music had a calming effect on patients undergoing therapy.

Community fund Ontario 2017

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

Children's Mental Health Ontario – Toronto, ON

Children's Mental Health Ontario represents Ontario's publicly-funded Child and Youth Mental Health Centres. With the help of Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will expand the training of staff and volunteers in suicide first aid using the safeTALK program. They will also conduct a workshop for their province-wide Youth Action Committee and travel to 10 partner organizations. In all the program will see 250 people trained directly with another 750 being indirectly impacted.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Christie Lake Kids – Ottawa, ON

Christie Lake Kids provides economically disadvantaged children, many of whom also suffer from mental health challenges, with quality year-round skills programming. With its Bell Let’s Talk grant, the organization will implement new mental health training for its staff and volunteers to accommodate a growing need both in year-round programs and at Christie Lake Camp using the Collaborative Problem Solving model for providing support to children and youth with social, emotional and behavioural challenges.

Community fund Ontario 2017