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

Embrace Life Council

Bell Let’s Talk and Northwestel donate $250,000 for a new mental health program to be delivered by Nunavut’s Embrace Life Council, a non-profit suicide prevention organization based in Iqaluit. The safeTALK program will provide a half-day of training to Nunavummiut over the age of 15 to become suicide-alert peer helpers and connect those in their community who need support with life-saving intervention resources.

Major gifts Territories 2017

Enoch Cree Nation, Enoch, AB

BLT funding will support hiring a co-ordinator to implement the new Pimihaw Youth Arts Program to target at-risk Indigenous youth between the ages of 14 and 22 in this First Nation community in central Alberta. Through a series of workshops, the program will incorporate music, drama and dance to empower youth, and build their self worth and social interaction skills.

Community fund Prairies 2017

Ensoleilvent Inc. – Drummondville, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funds will support the operation of La Main à la Pâte, a green bakery in Drummondville that provides employment for some of the clients of the organization which annually hosts more than 400 men, women and families in need of shelter and emergency assistance, most often due to mental health challenges. The bakery enables workers to learn new skills, gain self confidence and eases reintegration into the broader community.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Expression LaSalle centre communautaire en santé mentale – LaSalle, QC

Expression LaSalle is a community mental health centre that offers an alternative, non-medical approach to helping people with complex, persistent mental health challenges through group and individual services that are artistic, psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational. The Bell Community Fund grant will be used to extend the length of one drama therapy program and will also enable the Centre to quadruple the number of drama therapy sessions offered.

Community fund Quebec 2017

FamilySmart - Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health – Vancouver, BC

With its grant, FamilySmart will expand its Parent in Residence/Youth in Residence program which provides peer support, mentorship and navigation services that connect young people and their families with the available mental health services in their community. Using the lived experience of youth and parents who have navigated complex support systems for themselves as young people, or for their children, the program assists more than 10,000 families each year.

Community fund British Columbia 2017

Fondation de l'Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal – Montréal, QC

To provide a more comprehensive treatment plan for children aged up to 5 who face mental health challenges, the Foundation will invest Bell Let’s Talk funds in implementing a standardized evaluation protocol based on the latest available clinical research. That will improve the early, thorough assessment of the mental health problems and facilitate the development of comprehensive intervention plans for the children and their families

Community fund Quebec 2017

Fondation Institut de gériatrie de Montréal – Montréal, QC

To help seniors reduce their dependence on pharmaceuticals to treat their insomnia and anxiety, the Foundation will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to create the first French-language online cognitive behavioural therapy tools. The therapy, which has proved successful in helping seniors, will be made available for free.

Community fund Quebec 2017

Greater Victoria Citizens' Counselling Centre – Victoria, BC

The infusion of BLT funding will enable the Centre to expand its Volunteer Counsellor Training Program, providing 10-month-long training for 18 additional volunteers who will provide 4,500 more hours of short-term, affordable counselling to adults on a wide range of mental health and addiction issues. The Centre has been providing that counselling to about 1,200 people a year since 1969.

Community fund British Columbia 2017