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

Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County – Sydney, NS

The Association provides free basic education/literacy and GED prep classes to local adults. More than 80% of its clients live in poverty, 47% self identify as challenged by mental health issues and 17% struggle with addictions. Bell Let’s Talk funds will train 2 staff members as mental health first aid instructors who would then provide the course to all staff and students.

Community fund Atlantic 2018

CMHA, Newfoundland and Labrador – St. John’s, NL

Partnering with the Newfoundland English School District, this group will address the underserved western region by supporting the Talk Today program in 7 schools. Talk today is a comprehensive mental health and suicide prevention program designed for young athletes in junior high and high school. The program also provides training for all adults supporting the teams in recognizing persons with thoughts of suicide and what actions to take.

Community fund Atlantic 2018

Eating Disorders Nova Scotia – Halifax, NS

Funding will support a new approach to support for those with eating disorders by creating 12-week group sessions delivered online. The change is designed to address issues cited by participants in the original program who reported feeling shamed and demoralized during in-person sessions as well as difficulties travelling to the 3 centres where it was offered. The online groups will ensure anonymity and be available across the province rather than in limited locations.

Community fund Atlantic 2018

Family Services PEI – Charlottetown, PEI

Building on the therapeutic benefits of knitting, this collaboration between Family Service PEI and PEI Association for Newcomers offers a 10-week program for newcomer women called Knitting to Detangle Mental Health. Bell funding will support hiring a registered clinical social worker to facilitate the program which includes mental health information and issue awareness in a cross-cultural context while introducing knitting as an outlet for creativity and social interaction.

Community fund Atlantic 2018

IWK’s SeaStar Child and Youth Advocacy Centre – Halifax, NS

The Centre provides coordinated services and support, all in one place, for children, youth and their families who have experienced violence or abuse. It brings together professionals from different agencies to provide seamless access to wrap-around services. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the salary of the Program Coordinator who will build capacity and sustainability as the program prepares for the next phase of expansion.

Community fund Atlantic 2018

Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation – St. John’s, NL

Bell Let’s Talk funding will be used to modernize and complete a play therapy room for mental health and addictions patients who receive care via the Janeway Family Centre, the province’s hospital for children. The grant will cover the cost of new toys, play structures, dolls, and so on for the play therapy room.

Community fund Atlantic 2018

KV Oasis Youth Centre – Quispamsis, NB

By enabling 2 staff members to be trained as suicide intervention facilitators, and 2 more to become mental health first aid facilitators, this organization will use the funding to build awareness and extend training to local youth, parents, teachers and first responders as well as their own peer support workers who provide services to high-risk youth and families in southern New Brunswick.

Community fund Atlantic 2018

St. John’s Women’s Centre – St. John’s, NL

To reduce waiting times of 15 months or more, the Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the St. John's Status of Women Council/Women's Centre and the School of Social Work at Memorial University to expand their drop-in counselling program – Right Here, Right Now – which they pioneered in 2016. Almost a third of their clients have been waitlisted for the free counselling services until now.

Community fund Atlantic 2018