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

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

Conception Bay Family Resource Program Inc. - Conception Bay South, NL

Conception Bay Family Resource Program Inc. will bring two trainers from the Pacific Post-Partum Support Society in British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador to conduct a two day support group training for staff. This is the first group in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador that is dedicated to the support of mothers in the postpartum period who may be struggling with depression or anxiety.

Community fund Atlantic 2013

Miramichi Community Suicide Prevention Committee - Miramichi, NB

Miramichi Community Suicide Prevention Committee aims to provide free and accessible SafeTALK training to four First Nations community members in order to increase access to care and reduce stigma associated with suicide. SafeTALK is a 3 hour training program that provides suicide awareness for everyone in the community who attends the training. This tool will alert them to the warning signs indicating risk of suicide and get help for the person at risk.

Community fund Atlantic 2013

Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia - Halifax, NS

Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia's program supports youth who have experienced violence and mental health issues while equipping them with skills, knowledge, and experience they need to become educators to help stop the cycle of violence. LOVE's programs in Indian Brook and Membertou First Nations communities have been built to respect and embrace Mi'Kmaq culture and traditions while fostering success, youth voice and community leadership.

Community fund Atlantic 2013

Shelter Nova Scotia - Halifax, NS

Shelter Nova Scotia will train their front line staff in MHFA training/Suicide prevention training. Shelter Nova Scotia provides support and services to men and women who transition from prison to community living. They operate 5 facilities in HRM that provide over 44,000 bed nights per year to people who otherwise may have nowhere to turn.

Community fund Atlantic 2013