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 is providing 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.

867,449,649

Total number of interactions

+$9

million

in Community Fund grants

534

Community Fund grants

$3.53 million in grants

Children & Youth

$788K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.6 million in grants

Military family support

1,208,040

Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million

donated

to mental health initiatives

1,399,890

crisis and distress

line callers

499,310

children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs

334,390

individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs

851,050

trained staff and volunteers

8,410

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund

87%

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

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder – Ottawa, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the Network to deliver a TeleConnections program, a first of its kind in Canada. This involves a 12-week series of telephone conferences to provide people outside of Ottawa, particularly those in rural areas in northern and eastern Ontario and Western Québec, with peer-to-peer and family-to-family support groups. The program will reduce feelings of isolation, guilt and depression that many family members feel when faced with mental illness in the family.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Broad Reach Foundation for Young Leaders – Toronto, ON

In an innovative program aimed at instilling valuable life skills in young people challenged by mental illness, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to support a sailing therapy program. Specifically, the money will go to buy equipment such as life-vests and foul-weather gear for participants to use as they are trained on operating large sailboats through the National Yacht Club, with additional activities on shore in the offseason. This will not only provide a valuable recreational output, it will also teach new skills such as discipline and teamwork.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Horizons for Youth – Toronto, ON

Horizons, a shelter for homeless and at-risk youth aged 16-24, provides emergency accommodations and support programs for up to 45 youth each day. With the Bell Let’s Talk grant, the organization would be able to make a part-time mental health and addictions worker full time, with benefits. This person provides informal counselling, connects clients to supportive resources in the community, monitors client medication and medicating practices and accompanies clients to appointments.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto – Toronto, ON

To augment its services for Indigenous children, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to launch Creativity Listens. This is a weekly creative writing group for at-risk urban Indigenous youth aged 16-24 who experience mental health issues and face multiple challenges and barriers to accessing service. The project lets participants express themselves through creative writing in a culturally respectful environment, while also building skills in reading, writing and public speaking.

Community fund Ontario 2018

John Howard Society of Belleville and District – Belleville, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support hiring a coordinator to strengthen the work of the Youth Wellness Hub, turning it into a one-stop-shop community partnership to develop integrated mental health, health, education, employment and addiction services for young people aged 12-25 years. It will be headquartered at a single, easy-to-access, youth-friendly walk-in location to improve access and outcomes for youth.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada – Toronto, ON

Youth who have been involved with the child welfare system suffer not only from unaddressed mental health issues. They also face a patchwork of support resources with many gaps when they leave the system. To counter that, the Foundation will use Bell funds to create a transition hub featuring a multi-disciplinary team of experts committed to deliver a holistic approach. It will be led by a mental health navigator who will connect young people to an integrated network of support resources.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham – Port Perry, ON

This organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support staff and cover workshop expenses for the Think, Feel, ACT! program. Based on a proven cognitive behavioral framework, this program addresses the needs of children aged 9-12 who struggle with anxiety. Once a week for 10 weeks, volunteer mentors meet with the children for an hour after school, during lunch or at any time throughout the school day, focusing on activities that build resilience, social and emotional competence, self-regulation, anxiety and stress management abilities.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services Inc. – Kitchener, ON

The Bell Community Fund Grant will let this organization deploy a full-time Attachment Specialist as part of its Trauma and Attachment Therapy program’s parenting group. This group focuses on long-term psycho-social and addiction problems which are the single greatest factor limiting a person’s ability to parent effectively. By involving both parent and child in ongoing therapy, this group in effect treats 2 generations at once, increasing the chance of long-term success for both.

Community fund Ontario 2018