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

Atlantic Wellness Community Centre, Inc. – Riverview, NB

Since opening in 2012, the Centre has provided free and timely mental health care and crisis intervention to more than 1,000 youth and their families, with about 10 new referrals coming through the door each week. With the Bell Let’s Talk grant, the Centre will be able to provide an additional 1,500 hours of free mental health service for youth and young adults aged 12-21, 900 more hours at the Centre’s facility and 600 additional outreach hours in communities across south-eastern New Brunswick.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

Brigadoon Village – Halifax, NS

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the operation of this unique camp and recreational facility in the Annapolis Valley where children with chronic illness, special needs and other health challenges can enjoy a traditional sleep-away camp where they can feel ordinary. Each summer, more than 500 kids get a much-needed break from the health care system where they have spent much of their lives.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

Choices for Youth – St. John’s, NL

Choices for Youth (CFY) serves at-risk and homeless youth (16-29 years old) in the St. John's metro region by addressing everything from meeting basic shelter to counselling to enable integration into the wider community. BLT funding will support the Man to Man mental health peer support group, a facilitated mental health group for male-identifying youth who have mental health and/or substance abuse issues that, over 38 weeks, will address emotional intelligence and self awareness skills while building community in a group of 15 youths.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

New Brunswick Association for Community Living – Fredericton, NB

Bell funding will support the Not Just Talk project which will create a series of bilingual digital and paper copy tools – as well as workshops – that will help people with a developmental disability, their families and their teachers address mental health issues. These tools will be broadly accessible on a long-term basis through NBACL's web-site, links with other organizations, ongoing promotion with families, and direct on-going training of 35 frontline NBACL staff.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

St. Francis Xavier University – Antigonish, NS

BLT funds will support a number of initiatives to improve the university’s mental health first aid response capability, in particular for First Nations students. The university will train another youth course instructor who will augment the school’s ability to deliver an additional 6 first aid courses a year. The funds will also enable training in mental health first aid for more Student Services staff and generally broaden mental health awareness across campus.

Community fund Atlantic 2017

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

Association d'entraide pour la santé mentale «La Passerelle» – New Richmond, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the Association’s collective gardens project which enables a dozen participants to benefit from the therapeutic power of gardening. Each year since 2001, the gardens have given people living with mental health issues the chance to learn new skills and literally enjoy the fruits of their labour as they harvest their crops – grown on donated land – for the us of themselves and their families, reducing stigma and feelings of being marginalized.

Community fund Quebec 2017