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

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Bell Let's Talk and The Rossy Family Foundation (The RFF) donate $1 million for the creation of a national standard for post-secondary student mental health to support student success on campuses across Canada. The RFF and Bell Let's Talk have engaged the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to lead the project to establish the standard in collaboration with Canada's standards setting organizations.

Major gifts Ontario 2018

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