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

Health Science North Foundation – Sudbury, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable people to access psychiatric crisis support from home via a safe videoconferencing link between the home and hospital psychiatric staff who will be available 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. This enables clients to get in-the-moment psychiatric help in their homes no matter where they live. It will also reduce calls to police services and pressure on the overburdened emergency department.

Community fund Ontario 2017

JFS Ottawa (The Counselling Group) – Ottawa, ON

JFS Ottawa supports individual, family and communal life through direct social service, partnership and advocacy. To enhance the work of its mental health program, The Counselling Group, which works with partners to offer walk-in clinics, the organization will use Bell funds to integrate telephone and e-counselling to provide people in need with remote access to care from trained counsellors.

Community fund Ontario 2017

London Public Library – London, ON

London Health Sciences Centre and the London Public Library, will use Bell Let's Talk funds to build on a successful pilot project and train 6 additional counsellors in Problem Solving Therapy to augment the capacity of the community’s Geriatric Mental Health Program. As well as directly helping the clients, the program is expected to reduce pressure on the healthcare system as a whole.

Community fund Ontario 2017

National Eating Disorder Information Centre – Toronto, ON

The operator of Canada’s only toll-free helpline and information resource for people with an eating disorder and their families, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to improve access to its helpline services through the addition of an instant chat program. This will remove another accessibility barrier and enable more people to overcome the stigma associated with eating disorders assured of the anonymity and confidentiality of the counsel.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA) – Sudbury, ON

A peer-run mental health support group, NISA will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to introduce a new support group called Alternatives to Suicide. This will entail training for 25 peer facilitators who will both lead the NISA Alternatives to Suicide group and share their expertise with other agencies and educational institutions. NISA will also convene a workshop open to the entire community to further spread awareness of the issue and knowledge of counter-suicide strategies.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Physical and Health Education Canada – Ottawa, ON

The Bell Let's Talk grant will support PHE Canada as it develops a series of support tools and resources for teachers in the form of podcast tutorials and downloadable tip sheets for its Teach Resiliency program. This program promotes better mental health and provides strategies for Canada’s 200,000 teachers and administrators to help their 4 million students, and themselves, be more mentally resilient.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation – Ottawa, ON

Funding from Bell will be used to train staff leaders in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, plus make available a train-the-trainer course to enable them to teach others within the hospital. This will enable clinicians to treat patients in a crisis setting in the emergency room, improving treatment, reducing wait times and preventing the escalation of mental health crises.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Right to Play – Toronto, ON

A global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity, Right to Play will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to provide Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training for community mentors and staff at its annual training retreats. As well, they will develop a new coping skills resource to help young people who are dealing with mental health issues.

Community fund Ontario 2017