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

Centre de soir Denise-Massé – Montréal, QC

The Centre will use the Bell Let’s Talk funding to quadruple the impact of its collective kitchen workshops, growing to offer the experience to 24 people living with mental health challenges every month. Participants learn to cook simple, nutritious meals at an affordable price in a communal setting, reflecting their income levels, creating social links to break their isolation and restoring a sense of pride, autonomy and self-confidence. The workshops will occur during the evening, when most of other resources are not available.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Centre prévention suicide le Faubourg – St-Jérôme, QC

Focused on preventing suicide in the Laurentians region, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to enhance its 24/7 crisis response ability. Specifically, the grant will support additional resources for the suicide prevention hotline which is now at or near the limits of its functionality, with 8,000 to 10,000 calls a year.

Community fund Quebec 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

Choices for Youth – St. John’s, NL

Choices for Youth (CFY) serves at-risk and homeless youth (16-29 years old) in the St. John's metro region by addressing everything from meeting basic shelter to counselling to enable integration into the wider community. BLT funding will support the Man to Man mental health peer support group, a facilitated mental health group for male-identifying youth who have mental health and/or substance abuse issues that, over 38 weeks, will address emotional intelligence and self awareness skills while building community in a group of 15 youths.

Community fund Atlantic 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

CISSS de Lanaudière

$300,000 donation to Fondation pour la Santé du Nord and Fondation Santé Sud de Lanaudière matched by the Québec government. Funding will support improved access to care for clients dealing with mental health challenges.

Major gifts Quebec 2017

CMHA Central Region Inc. – Portage la Prairie, MB

To meet the evolving needs of its clients, CMHA Central will use the BLT funds to repurpose its drop-in space into the Thrive Learning Centre, an educational resource for mental health service users, their families, friends, and members of the community. The idea is to deliver a curriculum geared to promoting mental health literacy and skill development for those with mental health issues and their families.

Community fund Prairies 2017

Dr Clown Foundation – Montréal, QC

For the past 15 years, the foundation has provided professional artists to visit children with various illnesses and conditions. The Dr Clown Foundation will use the Bell Community Fund grant to develop the expertise of its 31 therapeutic clowns on mental health. This grant will offer training focused on specific issues and, with the collaboration of medical staff and psycho-social workers, the artists will learn to adapt their interventions to the specific needs of children visited. This represents the first part of an entirely new program specialized in mental health.

Community fund Quebec 2017