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.

The 2018 Community Fund application window is now open and runs until March 31, 2018. Click here for more information.

Small action. Big impact.


Total number of interactions



in Community Fund grants


Community Fund grants

$2.54 million in grants

Children & Youth

$646K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.25 million in grants

Military family support


Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million


to mental health initiatives


crisis and distress

line callers


children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs


individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs


trained staff and volunteers


military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund

4 out of 5

Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services – Gander, NL

The Association will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to train first responders to provide Critical Incident Stress Management training. The focus will be on members working on the west coast of Newfoundland from Pasadena to Port Aux Basque and up the Northern Peninsula. In this region, first responders often work in isolation from services that can help them overcome post-traumatic stress disorder and other related effects of their work.

Community fund Atlantic 2016

Partners for Youth – Fredericton, NB

In an effort to increase awareness and reduce stigma, this organization will invest the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant in its Youth Leadership in Action for Mental Health program. This involves student-led teams in numerous schools who work with a program co-ordinator to design and implement an awareness campaign related to youth mental health. As well as raising awareness broadly, this initiative also provides participants with social action knowledge and leadership skills that are transferable to many other activities throughout their lives.

Community fund Atlantic 2016

PEI Family Violence Prevention Services – Charlottetown, PEI

As well as enabling the updating of support materials, the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will allow the creation of 2 additional support groups in outreach regions across the province as part of the organization’s services which include emergency shelters, a crisis hotline and public education. The new groups will augment a roster of support for women, providing much-needed peer support and content from experts who address topics such as healthy relationships, self esteem, boundaries, communication and the law.

Community fund Atlantic 2016

Partners for Care – Halifax/Dartmouth, NS

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will support a new project co-ordinator to better integrate the work of the Back to Our Roots Urban Farm into the therapeutic program at the Nova Scotia Hospital. The farm uses gardening to promote physical, mental and environmental health in hospital patients as well as providing flowers and vegetables to other parts of the hospital.

Community fund Atlantic 2016

Seniors Resource Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador – St. John’s, NL

As part of its mandate to promote the independence and well-being of older persons throughout the province, the Centre will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to develop a 2-day workshop and follow-up webinar series for peer support volunteers. These sessions will eliminate misconceptions and stereotypes by providing accurate information on mental health issues and available support services and resources designed specifically for older people.

Community fund Atlantic 2016

Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will enable this organization – which protects and promotes the mental health of post-secondary student athletes across Canada – to train almost 450 coaches and athletes in universities across Atlantic Canada in a variety of suicide prevention therapies. This is an extension of the organization’s work to not only eliminate stigma through educational programming, but also to provide communities with tangible life-saving skills now.

Community fund Atlantic 2016

The Pottle Centre – St. John’s, NL

A drop-in social and recreational centre for adults who need mental health services, the Pottle Centre will use its Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to fill a critical gap in staff training, especially in areas such as addictions and concurrent disorders, violence, grief and trauma. Currently, all of the Centre’s funds go to serving its clientele with a variety of free services, ranging from fitness classes and cultural and sports activities to organized games and outings such as movie trips.

Community fund Atlantic 2016

Eating Disorders Nova Scotia– Dartmouth, NS

To battle the ongoing scourge of eating disorders, Eating Disorders Nova Scotia will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to deliver training to peer support groups in three additional communities in the province: Bridgewater, Antigonish and Kentville. The organization’s peer support groups reduce isolation, build healthy coping skills and encourage people to seek help in a safe, supportive environment.

Community fund Atlantic 2016