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.

The 2018 Community Fund application window is now open and runs until March 31, 2018. Click here for more information.

Small action. Big impact.

867,449,649

Total number of interactions

+$7

million

in Community Fund grants

414

Community Fund grants

$2.54 million in grants

Children & Youth

$646K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.25 million in grants

Military family support

740,145

Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million

donated

to mental health initiatives

1,051,599

crisis and distress

line callers

492,058

children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs

212,260

individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs

4,265

trained staff and volunteers

3,517

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund

4 out of 5

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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FamilySmart - Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health – Vancouver, BC

With its grant, FamilySmart will expand its Parent in Residence/Youth in Residence program which provides peer support, mentorship and navigation services that connect young people and their families with the available mental health services in their community. Using the lived experience of youth and parents who have navigated complex support systems for themselves as young people, or for their children, the program assists more than 10,000 families each year.

Community fund British Columbia 2017

Greater Victoria Citizens' Counselling Centre – Victoria, BC

The infusion of BLT funding will enable the Centre to expand its Volunteer Counsellor Training Program, providing 10-month-long training for 18 additional volunteers who will provide 4,500 more hours of short-term, affordable counselling to adults on a wide range of mental health and addiction issues. The Centre has been providing that counselling to about 1,200 people a year since 1969.

Community fund British Columbia 2017

Kelowna General Hospital Foundation – Kelowna, BC

Within its innovative Foundry Kelowna initiative – a new approach to early intervention in mental health and substance abuse services in the community – the Foundation will leverage BLT funding to hire and train new staff. The focus will be on the all-important Youth Navigator Service which will offer a single place for struggling young people to connect directly to an array of programs and services.

Community fund British Columbia 2017

Canadian Bipolar Association – North Vancouver, BC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the Association to provide training to more peer supporters throughout the province, putting them through a rigorous 2-month course to learn communications and problem-solving techniques and effective coping strategies with which they can help other clients better balance their wellness and improve their methods of self-management.

Community fund British Columbia 2016

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society – Victoria, BC

In its work to assist in the settlement and adjustment of newcomers to Canada, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to hire an Assessment Coordinator who will assess clients and refer them to the appropriate branch of the Immigrant and Refugee Wellness Centre. This person will also train frontline workers from 3 other organizations to recognize trauma in their clients and know when to refer them for assessment.

Community fund British Columbia 2016

Westcoast Family Centres – Vancouver, BC

As part of its mandate to help parents gain better skills, this group will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to mount a series of Kids Have Stress Too! workshops for parents whose children aged 2 to 8 may be exhibiting anxiety and worrying behaviours. The funding will support the hiring of a facilitator and two child minders for each 3-hour session to be offered around the lower mainland.

Community fund British Columbia 2016

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and Bell announced a gift of $1 million from Bell Let’s Talk to support the new Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre. When it opens in Spring 2017, the Centre will be the largest purpose-built mental health facility in British Columbia and one of the largest in Canada.

Major gifts British Columbia 2015

Victoria Hospitals Foundation - Victoria, BC

Bell Let’s Talk funds will enable 2 physicians to train in a new treatment – repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) – being made available in B.C. for the first time in 2016 through Royal Jubilee Hospital. After training at Harvard University and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, these physicians will share their knowledge with other Island Health physicians and caregivers who will use or refer clients to this novel treatment for depression and hallucinations in patients who don’t respond to psychiatric medications.

Community fund British Columbia 2015