Creating positive change 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. Together, we can all play a role in creating positive change.

The Bell Let’s Talk 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.

1,013,915,275

Total number of interactions

$100,695,763.75

committed

to mental health initiatives

657

Community Fund grants

$15.7 million in funding

Children & Youth

$1.95 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$1.78 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,000 organizations who have supported over

3,409,680

Canadians with access to mental health services

+$11 million

in Community Fund grants

2,235,043

crisis and distress

line users

1,476,878

children & youth reached

610,148

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,451,375

trained staff and volunteers

15,846

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

86%

of Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2020

The University of New Brunswick Psychological Centre – Fredericton, NB

As the primary training facility for doctoral students in UNB's clinical psychology program, the Centre will use BLT funding to provide Unified Protocol training to staff and graduate students, as well as enhancing parent education. The Unified Protocol is an emotion-focused approach to address risk factors and common features for mood and anxiety disorders tailored to adolescents.

Community fund Atlantic 2018

YMCA of Greater Saint John – Saint John, NB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the YMCA’s Settling Strongly program aimed building the mental wellness and resilience of newcomers to the area. Specifically, the program is aimed at helping recently arrived former refugees together connect with mental health practitioners for a 6-week trauma informed therapy group, expediting referrals where needed in cases of high-risk behaviours.

Community fund Atlantic 2018

St. John’s Women’s Centre – St. John’s, NL

To reduce waiting times of 15 months or more, the Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the St. John's Status of Women Council/Women's Centre and the School of Social Work at Memorial University to expand their drop-in counselling program – Right Here, Right Now – which they pioneered in 2016. Almost a third of their clients have been waitlisted for the free counselling services until now.

Community fund Atlantic 2018

Eating Disorders Nova Scotia – Halifax, NS

Funding will support a new approach to support for those with eating disorders by creating 12-week group sessions delivered online. The change is designed to address issues cited by participants in the original program who reported feeling shamed and demoralized during in-person sessions as well as difficulties travelling to the 3 centres where it was offered. The online groups will ensure anonymity and be available across the province rather than in limited locations.

Community fund Atlantic 2018

Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County – Sydney, NS

The Association provides free basic education/literacy and GED prep classes to local adults. More than 80% of its clients live in poverty, 47% self identify as challenged by mental health issues and 17% struggle with addictions. Bell Let’s Talk funds will train 2 staff members as mental health first aid instructors who would then provide the course to all staff and students.

Community fund Atlantic 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