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

Queen's University

The $1 million Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair was renewed with the reappointment of internationally renowned Queen’s Professor Dr. Heather Stuart.

Major gifts Ontario 2017

Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation – Ottawa, ON

Funding from Bell will be used to train staff leaders in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, plus make available a train-the-trainer course to enable them to teach others within the hospital. This will enable clinicians to treat patients in a crisis setting in the emergency room, improving treatment, reducing wait times and preventing the escalation of mental health crises.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc. (RaY) – Winnipeg, MB

Bell Let's Talk funding will enable RaY to hire additional staff for its program which begins on the streets with outreach and access workers who develop trusting relationships with marginalized youth. They then leverage those relationships to put participants in touch with in-house mental health, addictions, and primary health specialists, who help create co-ordinated care plans to address often-complex needs.

Community fund Prairies 2017

Right to Play – Toronto, ON

A global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity, Right to Play will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to provide Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training for community mentors and staff at its annual training retreats. As well, they will develop a new coping skills resource to help young people who are dealing with mental health issues.

Community fund Ontario 2017

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

Société québécoise de la schizophrénie et des psychoses apparentées – Montréal, QC

Thanks to funding from Bell Let’s Talk, the Société will be able to expand its humanistic and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) program: families from five remote areas—Côte-Nord, Gaspésie / Les Îles, Abitibi / Témiscamingue, Saguenay / Lac St-Jean and Bas-Saint-Laurent—will be able to benefit from this one-of-a-kind, leading-edge program adapted to people dealing on a daily basis with a loved one made vulnerable by the illness. To sustain the program, local professionals will be trained and supported in order to expand its reach to the entire regional clientele. The training aims to give participants a more thorough knowledge of schizophrenia and allow them to learn effective strategies for intervening with the caregiver as well as the person struggling with a psychotic disorder.

Community fund Quebec 2017