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

Stella's Circle (Stella Burry Foundation) – St. John’s, NL

As part of its work to provide real homes, real help and real work for more than 1,000 clients a year, Stella’s Circle will use BLT funds to train 5 staff in horticulture therapy and to deliver 3 horticulture therapy groups a year. The organization is creating a community garden on 3,200 square metres of land as well as developing indoor garden space to provide participants with the therapeutic opportunity to develop new skills.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

University of Prince Edward Island – Charlottetown, PE

UPEI will use Bell funds to train two staff members as instructors in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program. Once trained, these staff members will have the mandate to deliver the 2-day ASIST course free of charge to the students, staff and faculty of UPEI, beginning with high-priority groups such as priority groups such as Residence Life Coordinators, Student Affairs officers and other staff who would be the first point of contact for students in crisis.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

Village des Sources l’Étoile Filante – Cap-Egmont, PEI

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will support half the cost for 75 adult youth workers and French-language teachers of grades 5–12 students to take an intensive 14-hour Mental Health First Aid course enabling them to better deal with young people suffering from a variety of issues, ranging from substance abuse, eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, depression and self harm. The Centre is a non-profit organization that offers social and personal development camps during the school year to students attending French schools across the province.

Community fund Atlantic 2016

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