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

East Hants Family Resource Centre - Elmsdale, NS

The East Hants Family Resource Centre will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant for a mental health support program for expectant and new moms. The funds would provide facilitation by a public health nurse and childcare for a 6-night prenatal program for women, including healthy meals and small giveaways such as baby blankets and diapers. The program will cover healthy relationships, addictions, mental health, breastfeeding support, comfort measures in labour and community supports as well as a Moms Mental Health Kit.

Community fund Atlantic 2015

Newfoundland and Labrador English School District - St. John’s, NL

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable two instructors to be trained in mental health first aid (MHFA) and then provide 2-day training sessions for school administrators in 69 junior and senior high schools, covering 59% of the student population in the province. The MHFA training will not only equip the school administrators with the skills they need on a daily basis to support the students, but will enable them to act as mental health leaders in their schools for both staff and students.

Community fund Atlantic 2015

Atlantic Wellness Community Center (AWCC) - Riverview, NB

To support its youth-focused mental health strategy, the AWCC will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant to enhance its Open Doors project, adding 750 clinical hours at the center, enabling more early intervention. The center assumes the role of case manager and provides a full-service treatment plan for youths and their families, enabling them to get help more quickly and more effectively to prevent or reduce the personal, social and financial burdens of mental illness.

Community fund Atlantic 2015

Alzheimer’s Society of Prince Edward Island - Charlottetown, PE

With its Bell Let’s Talk funding, the Society will add an educational module on stigma, depression and dementia to its First Link education series. The module will focus on those suffering from dementia as well as their caregivers, both of which often experience stigma because of their illness. The module will include information brochures for families and caregivers plus presentations and web-based material for the broadest possible distribution.

Community fund Atlantic 2014

Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre - Shediac, NB

As the only drop-in facility for individuals experiencing crisis, emotional difficulties and family violence in the region, the Centre will extend its reach by developing and delivering a training program for front-line workers and volunteers who provide home care to seniors. The training will focus on the early detection of and early intervention in late-life depression, including how to communicate with the affected individuals and their families, as well as insight into when it is appropriate to refer the person to the Centre for more support.

Community fund Atlantic 2014

Cape Breton Community Housing Association - Sydney, NS

To address a lack of anti-suicide training in Cape Breton, the Association will use the Bell Let's Talk community fund to provide 2 individuals with instruction in the Train the Trainer program of ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). These trainers will then conduct workshops for employees and others across Cape Breton, enabling more caregivers to be more confident, comfortable and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Community fund Atlantic 2014

Community Mental Health Initiative - Corner Brook, NL

This project will focus on enhancing opportunities for 120 individuals within the Corner Brook, Deer Lake and Bay of Islands area to attend training in mental health and suicide prevention. Bell funding will enable CMHI to buy manuals for 3 programs – Mental Health First Aid, Tattered Teddies and Straight Talk – and then, through its own certified counsellors, deliver the programs for free to parents, youth workers, family resource centres and community groups.

Community fund Atlantic 2014

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation - Charlottetown, PE

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation is starting a program called the ‘Mental Health Care Initiatives -Caring for adolescents and adults' program. The program will provide mental health patients with an opportunity to interact with others and develop cooperation and team building skills. Patients will learn to deal with success and failure in a safe environment. Bell's support will allow the hospital to purchase equipment for the program.

Community fund Atlantic 2013