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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham – Port Perry, ON

This organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support staff and cover workshop expenses for the Think, Feel, ACT! program. Based on a proven cognitive behavioral framework, this program addresses the needs of children aged 9-12 who struggle with anxiety. Once a week for 10 weeks, volunteer mentors meet with the children for an hour after school, during lunch or at any time throughout the school day, focusing on activities that build resilience, social and emotional competence, self-regulation, anxiety and stress management abilities.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Broad Reach Foundation for Young Leaders – Toronto, ON

In an innovative program aimed at instilling valuable life skills in young people challenged by mental illness, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to support a sailing therapy program. Specifically, the money will go to buy equipment such as life-vests and foul-weather gear for participants to use as they are trained on operating large sailboats through the National Yacht Club, with additional activities on shore in the offseason. This will not only provide a valuable recreational output, it will also teach new skills such as discipline and teamwork.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Camp Winston – Toronto, ON

Camp Winston offers programs at a Muskoka lake summer camp for children with a variety of mental health challenges including obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders. Bell funding will support counsellor wages and training as well as individualized programming for each child and year-round collaboration with families and schools.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Carea Community Health Centre – Oshawa, ON

To expand the many free services it already offers – including health promotion, primary care and mental health counselling – the Centre will use Bell funding for staff and other expenses of a new program: Gender Journeys. This is an 8-week program for anyone aged 13-25 facing gender changes, providing information and meaningful connections for those thinking about their gender, transgender folks, and gender diverse folks.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada – Toronto, ON

Youth who have been involved with the child welfare system suffer not only from unaddressed mental health issues. They also face a patchwork of support resources with many gaps when they leave the system. To counter that, the Foundation will use Bell funds to create a transition hub featuring a multi-disciplinary team of experts committed to deliver a holistic approach. It will be led by a mental health navigator who will connect young people to an integrated network of support resources.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Children’s Centre – Thunder Bay, ON

The Centre will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding in the specialized training and clinician time needed to launch a new intervention model. This will address the Centre’s most pressing need: a long wait list for young people to see a therapist and will include a new Single Session Service model that will enable staff to meet with clients within a week of referral. It is also a response to client requests for flexible and accessible mental health interventions.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville – Brockville, ON

One of the priorities for children’s mental health clinicians at both Children's Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville and Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth is to obtain enhanced training to better understand addictions, plus support to promote better identification of substance use and provide early intervention in a family centred approach. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support that training for 60 clinicians, plus higher-level training for another 15 individuals.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Connections Early Years Family Centre – Windsor, ON

To enhance services to families and children from birth to 6 years old, the Centre will use Bell funds to deliver the Kids Have Stress Too! program, including staffing and equipment costs. Focused on the child’s social and emotional development, the program teaches parents, educators and other caregivers to help children enhance their physical, mental, emotional and behavioral coping skills, thinking styles and key abilities during the important window of opportunity of the early years.

Community fund Ontario 2018