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

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

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

Strongest Families Institute

Bell Let's Talk and all 4 Atlantic provinces today announced unprecedented support for child and youth mental health across the region with a combined gift of $2 million to the Strongest Families Institute.

Major gifts Atlantic 2017

Atlantic Wellness Community Centre, Inc. – Riverview, NB

Since opening in 2012, the Centre has provided free and timely mental health care and crisis intervention to more than 1,000 youth and their families, with about 10 new referrals coming through the door each week. With the Bell Let’s Talk grant, the Centre will be able to provide an additional 1,500 hours of free mental health service for youth and young adults aged 12-21, 900 more hours at the Centre’s facility and 600 additional outreach hours in communities across south-eastern New Brunswick.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

Brigadoon Village – Halifax, NS

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the operation of this unique camp and recreational facility in the Annapolis Valley where children with chronic illness, special needs and other health challenges can enjoy a traditional sleep-away camp where they can feel ordinary. Each summer, more than 500 kids get a much-needed break from the health care system where they have spent much of their lives.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

Choices for Youth – St. John’s, NL

Choices for Youth (CFY) serves at-risk and homeless youth (16-29 years old) in the St. John's metro region by addressing everything from meeting basic shelter to counselling to enable integration into the wider community. BLT funding will support the Man to Man mental health peer support group, a facilitated mental health group for male-identifying youth who have mental health and/or substance abuse issues that, over 38 weeks, will address emotional intelligence and self awareness skills while building community in a group of 15 youths.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

New Brunswick Association for Community Living – Fredericton, NB

Bell funding will support the Not Just Talk project which will create a series of bilingual digital and paper copy tools – as well as workshops – that will help people with a developmental disability, their families and their teachers address mental health issues. These tools will be broadly accessible on a long-term basis through NBACL's web-site, links with other organizations, ongoing promotion with families, and direct on-going training of 35 frontline NBACL staff.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

St. Francis Xavier University – Antigonish, NS

BLT funds will support a number of initiatives to improve the university’s mental health first aid response capability, in particular for First Nations students. The university will train another youth course instructor who will augment the school’s ability to deliver an additional 6 first aid courses a year. The funds will also enable training in mental health first aid for more Student Services staff and generally broaden mental health awareness across campus.

Community fund Atlantic 2017