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

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

RNJ Youth Services – Brockville, ON

This group will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant to support hiring a full-time youth mental health worker who will provide early intervention for young people participating in any of the group’s numerous services for youth at risk. With daily access to such support, more young people will learn coping skills to better manage their low to medium mental health challenges and/or receive more timely referral to further help.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre – Pembroke, ON

Dedicated to improving access to mental health care, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to help support hiring a part-time navigator and 2 volunteers who will link with walk-in clinics to guide clients through the process to gain access to resources in the community. They will also liaise with other agencies to ensure the Centre’s resources are current and all- encompassing.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Smilezone Foundation – Oakville, ON

The Foundation will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding in creating more access to inclusive and creative therapy at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Specifically, they will renovate the 8-bed unit, adding equipment for sensory play, art and music therapy, and entertainment as part of enriching the overall atmosphere for youth who need emergency care.

Community fund Ontario 2017

St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation – Hamilton, ON

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will help support hiring a mobile clinician for LGBTQ+ youth, helping about 30 young people a month with individual treatment plans and welcoming support groups to address their mental health and addictions challenges. This person will also help young people navigate the healthcare system should their needs require ongoing and more comprehensive treatment.

Community fund Ontario 2017

The Canadian Mental Health Association – Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Working with the City of Sault Ste. Marie, the CMHA will develop a peer support program to mitigate the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder in first responders with the help of funding from Bell Let’s Talk. The professionally monitored program will include an e-learning curriculum that will ensure continued mental health training while telephone and/or video counselling will provide remote assessment and treatment.

Community fund Ontario 2017