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

Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville – Brockville, ON

One of the priorities for children’s mental health clinicians at both Children's Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville and Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth is to obtain enhanced training to better understand addictions, plus support to promote better identification of substance use and provide early intervention in a family centred approach. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support that training for 60 clinicians, plus higher-level training for another 15 individuals.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Downtown Mission – Windsor, ON

The Bell Let's Talk community fund will contribute to the wages of a mental health nurse who will provide direct care to clients, education for clients and staff, advocacy and outreach. The nurse will act as a primary care provider and deliver case management to ensure continuity of care for clients. The service will be offered at no costs which eliminates financial barriers and improves access to care, key issues for those experiencing homelessness and mental illness.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Family Services Windsor Essex – Windsor

With support for staff and materials from Bell Let’s Talk, this organization will launch the Wellness & Coaching Program. This is a 4-week education program open to all clients experiencing daily challenges such as sadness, stress, feeling bad, managing past or current life events. Using discussions and a coping toolkit, the program supports early intervention and allows for ongoing learning and skills building for clients who have experienced trauma.

Community fund Ontario 2018

London Health Sciences Foundation – London, ON

Bell funding will support expanding an innovative service that addresses the gap in mental health services for youth aged 16-25 experiencing mood and anxiety disorders. The grant will enable the Foundation to add a social worker and a psychiatrist/psychologist to reduce wait times of up to 19 weeks as demand for clinical service has increased 79% in 2 years, with up to 14 new individuals seeking help every week.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Camp Winston – Toronto, ON

Camp Winston offers programs at a Muskoka lake summer camp for children with a variety of mental health challenges including obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders. Bell funding will support counsellor wages and training as well as individualized programming for each child and year-round collaboration with families and schools.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Peel Children’s Centre – Mississauga, ON

With Bell’s grant, the Centre – one of the largest child mental health agencies in Canada – will offer support to an additional 25 children and their families through the free Strongest Families program. Strongest Families is designed to support children aged 3-12 who experience anxiety and disruptive behaviours by providing interventions to families in the privacy of their own homes via telephone and other technologies at times most convenient to the client.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Youthdale Riding Program, Youthdale Treatment Centres Foundation – Loretto, ON

The Foundation supports a summer riding program for the LGBTQ Junior Glow Group from Dufferin Child and Family Services, matching each child with a volunteer and a horse to learn to ride and to care for as part of an equine therapy strategy. Bell funding will be used to acquire two new horses and will expand the program by 33%.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Nelson Youth Centres – Burlington, ON

As part of their clinical support to individuals aged 7-17 with mental health challenges, and their families, the Centres offer an after-school therapeutic program that provides families with the support, strategies and tools needed to enable their children to develop positive relationships and connections to their community. Bell funding will enable the Centres to add 3 new groups to the program, reaching 30 additional families and children and reducing the wait list by 30%.

Community fund Ontario 2018