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

Mon Shack... Mes choix... Mon avenir! – Sherbrooke, QC

This organization operates a variety of workshops – collective kitchens, art therapy and physical activity – for young adults up to age 35 who face mental health challenges. It will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to purchase equipment for the various programs which help clients break the isolation and re-connect with the community at large.

Community fund Quebec 2017

National Eating Disorder Information Centre – Toronto, ON

The operator of Canada’s only toll-free helpline and information resource for people with an eating disorder and their families, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to improve access to its helpline services through the addition of an instant chat program. This will remove another accessibility barrier and enable more people to overcome the stigma associated with eating disorders assured of the anonymity and confidentiality of the counsel.

Community fund Ontario 2017

New Brunswick Association for Community Living – Fredericton, NB

Bell funding will support the Not Just Talk project which will create a series of bilingual digital and paper copy tools – as well as workshops – that will help people with a developmental disability, their families and their teachers address mental health issues. These tools will be broadly accessible on a long-term basis through NBACL's web-site, links with other organizations, ongoing promotion with families, and direct on-going training of 35 frontline NBACL staff.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA) – Sudbury, ON

A peer-run mental health support group, NISA will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to introduce a new support group called Alternatives to Suicide. This will entail training for 25 peer facilitators who will both lead the NISA Alternatives to Suicide group and share their expertise with other agencies and educational institutions. NISA will also convene a workshop open to the entire community to further spread awareness of the issue and knowledge of counter-suicide strategies.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Northern Youth Leadership – Yellowknife, NT

This organization runs camps that bring together youth from across Northern Canada to develop the inner and outer resources needed to overcome challenges, realize their full potential and live healthy lives. By intervening at a young age, NYL programming builds resilience and confidence, and develops protective factors for mental wellness. Bell funding will enable NYL focus on helping girls process their experiences, heal through cultural and athletic pursuits and rebuild their lives through skills development.

Community fund Territories 2017

NorWest Co-op Community Health Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

Augmenting its NorWest Youth Hub continuum of services, the Co-op will use BLT funds to hire staff for a Youth Community Action Training (Y-CAT) initiative. Staff will train about 48 youth navigators, aged 18-25, through a 6-module program focused on topics such as mental health rights, addiction and poverty. Participants would then be peer mentor navigators helping youth in need find the right support services.

Community fund Prairies 2017

Physical and Health Education Canada – Ottawa, ON

The Bell Let's Talk grant will support PHE Canada as it develops a series of support tools and resources for teachers in the form of podcast tutorials and downloadable tip sheets for its Teach Resiliency program. This program promotes better mental health and provides strategies for Canada’s 200,000 teachers and administrators to help their 4 million students, and themselves, be more mentally resilient.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Prise II – Montréal, QC

Prise II, an alternative mental health resource, will use the donation from Bell Let's Talk to incorporate a mutual assistance practice into its service offer, and to set up a new group made up of and for people who are completing their journey at Prise II. With this funding, the centre will provide training and experiment with the “intentional peer support” approach, an initiative supported by research and access to other self-help groups.

Community fund Quebec 2017