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.


Total number of interactions



in Community Fund grants


Community Fund grants

$2.54 million in grants

Children & Youth

$646K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.25 million in grants

Military family support


Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million


to mental health initiatives


crisis and distress

line callers


children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs


individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs


trained staff and volunteers


military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund


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

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

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Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver Fraser Branch - Vancouver, BC

Bell Let’s Talk supports an early intervention program for teens whose parents have a serious mental illness, providing them with the coping skills to help them to affirm themselves despite their challenges at home. The teens participate in recreation-based programming for 12 months, including activities such as snowboarding, horseback riding and swimming, all of which enable the young people to avoid social isolation, develop strong friendships and build resilience that significantly reduces the risk of developing mental illness themselves.

Community fund British Columbia 2015

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs -Kelowna, BC

To increase access to mental health assistance for kids from 3-19 and their families, Bell Let’s Talk supports the Talking About Wellness program, its open discussion approach to reduce stigma and its 3 streams: Flex Your Head, which provides kids from 13-18 with stress-management strategies; Friends for Life/Fun Friends which helps kids from 3-12 learn to cope with the many changes they face as they grow; and Mind Over Mood Bootcamp which assists teens who harm themselves or struggle with intense emotions.

Community fund British Columbia 2015

Take A Hike Youth At Risk Foundation - Vancouver, BC

Focused on instilling positive change in the mental health of at-risk youth, Take a Hike (TAH) is an alternative education program that provides a unique combination of academics, therapy, adventure-based learning and community involvement for young people struggling with a wide range of issues such as addiction, low self-esteem, anxiety, attention deficit and depression. Bell Let’s Talk funding supports full-time therapists who are with the participants every day in Vancouver, Trail and Burnaby in the only program of its kind in B.C.

Community fund British Columbia 2015

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society - Kelowna Branch - Kelowna, BC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the society to offer 6 support programs for those living with mental illness. Two are B.R.I.D.G.E.S. (building recovery of individual dreams and goals through education and support) – free 10-week sessions teaching those recently diagnosed how to be active in their own treatment and recovery. The other 4 are 6-week Your Recovery Journey programs designed to give participants the tools they need to manage their own symptoms and treatment, and gain a sense of belonging to avoid relapse.

Community fund British Columbia 2014

Canadian Mental Health Association - North and West Vancouver Branch - North Vancouver, BC

With the intent of showing the wider community that it is possible to run a successful business by hiring people with lived experience of mental illness, this branch of the CMHA will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to support the opening of a BLENZ franchise coffee shop in the new Hope Centre for Psychiatry and Education at Lions Gate Hospital. Employing people with mental illness as baristas, and with a varied clientele, the café will make a strong and ongoing anti-stigma statement.

Community fund British Columbia 2014

Canadian Mental Health Association - Kelowna and District - Kelowna, BC

The globally recognized WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) program, which teaches recovery and self-management skills and strategies for dealing with psychiatric symptoms, is coming to Kelowna thanks to the local CMHA and funding support from Bell Let’s Talk. CMHA Kelowna will train peer mentors and staff with lived experience and, over the next year, facilitate WRAP sessions within its own support networks and for community members who are connected with clinical mental health services and are interested in psycho-social recovery.

Community fund British Columbia 2014

Community Connections Society of Southeast BC - Cranbrook, BC

To create a comprehensive counter-suicide resource for the community, the Society will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to create a Cranbrook Suicide Community Response Protocol. This will gather in one place a directory of key contacts of community organizations equipped to support family and friends who have been affected by a suicide in their circle. It will also include an agreed-upon path to follow in crisis situations, a who’s who of where services are and how to access support as it also raises awareness of the issues and potential solutions.

Community fund British Columbia 2014

Creating Homefulness Society (Woodwynn Farms) - Saanichton, BC

The Society operates A Hand Up: A Growing Therapeutic Community, a working farm where 12 formerly homeless, high-risk individuals learn transferable skills by participating in the various chores around the farm operation. While in residence, the clients receive not only skills training but also 3 meals a day and holistic health support in a drug- and alcohol-free environment. They work side by side with a variety of volunteers, building a true mutual-support community as they tend livestock, work the garden or complete any number of other chores.

Community fund British Columbia 2014