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 is providing 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

+$9

million

in Community Fund grants

534

Community Fund grants

$3.53 million in grants

Children & Youth

$788K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.6 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

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

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

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

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

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

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