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

Canadian Mental Health Association, Wood Buffalo Region – Fort McMurray, AB

To address the issue of suicide in remote northern communities, CMHA will use Bell funding to increase its internal capacity. Specifically, the funds will be invested in training more trainers to go out into these communities and teach the needed skills all responders and support agencies should know. They will also impact individual community members as they build their own toolkit to respond to potential suicides.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Central Station Community Centre – Winkler, MB

With Bell Let's Talk funding, the Centre will bring a full Recovery College curriculum to the community, offering 25 courses and educational resources for mental health service users, their family, friends and members of the community. This curriculum is geared to promoting mental health literacy, self-exploration and skill development. It enables people to sign up for courses that interest them and receive recognition for completing the course.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

The Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to help purchase new single and multiuser workout equipment for the future renovations and upgrades to the mental health inpatient play spaces. As part of an overall therapy plan, this increased physical activity will help these youth with a reduction in depression, anxiety, and stress, teaching them coping tools for their future.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Creative Spark Development – Canmore, AB

Creative Spark Development creates engaging activities for Canadians to escape the negative impact of mental illness, including workshops to build resilience and promote healthy choices. Bell funding will advance their work on collaborating with other grassroots organizations supporting mental health at the community level. Creative Spark Development works to reduce program overlap and support other grass roots programs on improving their best practices and good governance.

Community fund Prairies 2018

FortWhyte Farms – Winnipeg, MB

FortWhyte Alive will use Bell Let’s Talk funding for various aspects of its social enterprise, FortWhyte Farms. FortWhyte Farms works with diverse, urban youth who are experiencing barriers to employment. The farm utilizes sustainable agriculture to engage young people in food literacy skills and employment training. Youth increase their health and wellness through food security, financial security, and positive lifestyle changes.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba – Winnipeg, MB

The Association is piloting a program called Turning Pages- that is addressing a perceived gap in services supporting depressed and/or anxious adults between the ages of 50- 70 who are struggling with transitioning from middle age into later life. Turning Pages offers cognitive behavioural therapy with mindfulness, peer support, suicide prevention and meaningful connections to community resources. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will fund the pilot including the collection of data on the effectiveness of the pilot that in turn will be used to procure longer term support for an ongoing program.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin

Bell Let's Talk announced a donation of $150,000 to Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin (OPK) to expand its mental health services for Indigenous youth in Winnipeg that encourage healing and resiliency through programs to develop life skills.

Major gifts Prairies 2018

Spirit North – Canmore, AB

Spirit North will use Bell funding to add 3 Indigenous communities to its outreach program of school workshops aimed at increasing mental health outcomes for children and youth. The initiative also increases local capacity for community-led programming. The outreach consists of regular in-school programming, inspirational speakers and mentoring opportunities for educators and community leaders in remote communities in Alberta and British Columbia.

Community fund Prairies 2018