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.

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St. John Ambulance

Bell Let's Talk today announced a $150,000 donation to St. John Ambulance that will support the integration of mental health training in standard and emergency First Aid courses.

Major gifts Ontario 2017

Queen's University

The $1 million Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair was renewed with the reappointment of internationally renowned Queen’s Professor Dr. Heather Stuart.

Major gifts Ontario 2017

Addiction and Mental Health Services Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington – Kingston, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the training of 6 trainers who will in turn train about 200 others in a series of courses on suicide prevention and support for families of those with mental health challenges. In addition, the grant will enable the organization to add new material to its community-access resource library as well as other material for distribution throughout the community, creating long-term support for years to come.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Brockville General Hospital Foundation – Brockville, ON

As part of its recreation therapy program for in-patients, the hospital will use Bell Let’s Talk Community funds to launch a music therapy initiative. The grant will cover the cost of a musical therapy specialist as well as equipment that the recreation therapist can use at any time. Staff asked for the new program after seeing that music had a calming effect on patients undergoing therapy.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND) at St. Michael's Hospital – Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funds will support CAN-BIND’s Indigenous program which has a long-term goal of reducing substance abuse and suicide among the youth of the Whitefish River First Nation. A factor in the program is addressing mental health challenges in concert with social support and cultural resilience in a community-based program. A major part of the grant will go toward training community members in suicide prevention.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Cancer Society – Toronto, ON

To address the reality that cancer patients experience higher than normal mental health issues, the Society will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to enhance its mental health training for staff and volunteers to ensure they are sensitive to all the needs of the clients. It will also launch a new online matching system that will enable people living with cancer to get peer support by phone or online from a trained volunteer who has experienced similar health challenges.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Mental Health Association, Halton Region Branch – Milton, ON

This Association will leverage Bell Let’s Talk funding to establish a free walk-in counselling service 4 days a week in 3 communities in the region. Counsellors will provide clients aged 16 and up with one-on-one sessions, no appointment necessary, covering a variety of issues from family violence, depression, anxiety and sexual orientation. Counsellors will also be trained to refer clients to the appropriate local resources for ongoing support.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch – Windsor, ON

To address a long wait list, the branch will use its Bell Let's Talk grant for a new Bounce Back program. This is a skill-building program for adults experiencing low mood or stress, offering self-help through an instructional video on DVD or online with practical tips on dealing with depressive symptoms, plus a series of workbooks supported by telephone coaching. The aim is to reach 150 clients a year, offering access to the service within 5 days.

Community fund Ontario 2017