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

The Stop Community Centre – Toronto, ON

In partnership with Our Place Community of Hope, The Stop will use its Bell grant to staff a front-line program of weekly peer counselling and mental health support and training for 60-90 people at The Stop's Drop-in Centre. The clients face mental health challenges and systemic barriers to access including income and food insecurity. The funds will also support accompanied transportation between the two facilities, effectively doubling the help offered.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Peterborough Youth Services – Peterborough, ON

Bell Let's Talk Community Fund dollars will enable the creation of a youth walk-in service to help reduce an 11-month wait list for young people seeking help with issues ranging from bulling and family conflict to suicidal thoughts and sexual identity. The funds will be allocated to staffing costs as the centre works to reduce the wait list both by offering real-time counselling in a more timely manner and referrals to other professionals as needed.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Children’s Centre – Thunder Bay, ON

The Centre will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding in the specialized training and clinician time needed to launch a new intervention model. This will address the Centre’s most pressing need: a long wait list for young people to see a therapist and will include a new Single Session Service model that will enable staff to meet with clients within a week of referral. It is also a response to client requests for flexible and accessible mental health interventions.

Community fund Ontario 2018

The Julien Project – Guelph, ON

This group provides therapeutic gardening experiences in partnership with schools and community and mental health service organizations. Bell funds will support staffing – a registered horticultural therapist – and related expenses for a wide variety of activities for clients of local agencies who serve marginalized adults, refugee families and people who have been incarcerated. The workshops will also involve community volunteers and students from the University of Guelph.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Family Services Ottawa – Ottawa, ON

As the only community-based service provider providing clinical groups for mothers suffering post-partum depression and anxiety, this organization will use Bell funds to enhance and enlarge its program. That will include creating a secure website offering 24/7 access to new resources as well as developing better processes to ensure referral pathways to further support are more effective.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre – Oakville, ON

Focused on helping children with behavioural issues, the Centre will offer a program for parents, funded in part by Bell Let’s Talk. This entails Collaborative Problem Solving workshops for parents plus a one-on-one coaching session. This will help parents solidify their skills, support their children by building a healthy relationship, teach resiliency, improve frustration tolerance and problem solving and reduce family stress and anxiety.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Carea Community Health Centre – Oshawa, ON

To expand the many free services it already offers – including health promotion, primary care and mental health counselling – the Centre will use Bell funding for staff and other expenses of a new program: Gender Journeys. This is an 8-week program for anyone aged 13-25 facing gender changes, providing information and meaningful connections for those thinking about their gender, transgender folks, and gender diverse folks.

Community fund Ontario 2018

TAIBU Community Health Centre – Scarborough, ON

To expand the many free services it already offers - including health promotion, primary care and mental health counseling - the Center will use Bell Let's Talk funding to hire staff and cover expenses for a new program, Gender Journeys. This is an eight-week program for anyone between the ages of 13 and 25 who is considering a gender change. This program provides enriching information and contacts for people who think about their gender identity, transgender people and people of different gender identities.

Community fund Ontario 2018