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

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

Children's Mental Health Ontario – Toronto, ON

Children's Mental Health Ontario represents Ontario's publicly-funded Child and Youth Mental Health Centres. With the help of Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will expand the training of staff and volunteers in suicide first aid using the safeTALK program. They will also conduct a workshop for their province-wide Youth Action Committee and travel to 10 partner organizations. In all the program will see 250 people trained directly with another 750 being indirectly impacted.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Christie Lake Kids – Ottawa, ON

Christie Lake Kids provides economically disadvantaged children, many of whom also suffer from mental health challenges, with quality year-round skills programming. With its Bell Let’s Talk grant, the organization will implement new mental health training for its staff and volunteers to accommodate a growing need both in year-round programs and at Christie Lake Camp using the Collaborative Problem Solving model for providing support to children and youth with social, emotional and behavioural challenges.

Community fund Ontario 2017

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