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

Western University – London, ON

As part of its Smart, Healthy Campus program, the university will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to hire a coordinator for its resilience mentorship program which aims to reduce the significant mental health challenges faced by more than half of new students. This will enable more focused support for up to 380 students through 150 mentors.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Yorktown Child and Family Centre – Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funds will be put to work to enhance the highly successful Yorktown Youth Success program with a new Gateway program which connects young people at risk with the resources they need. Yorktown offers workshops led by youth outreach workers in community spaces, engaging young people in topics that are important to them and providing them with emotional resiliency, social aptitude and soft skills.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Youth Opportunities Unlimited – London, ON

To fill an acknowledged gap in services for young people, this organization will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant to support a pilot program called Cornerstone Counselling, a non-crisis, mental health and/or addictions service for those aged 16 to 25 years. This pilot will test research that indicated that people of that age are much more likely to seek treatment through a “youth hub” rather than through often-intimidating traditional services.

Community fund Ontario 2017

YMCA Niagara Region – St. Catharines, ON

This organization will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to hire an addiction and mental health support worker to liaise with people in need while they are living in YMCA shelters. The worker will provide one-on-one counselling and help clients navigate the various agencies that are in place to provide in-depth, ongoing support.

Community fund Ontario 2017

Rise Asset Development

Bell's funding of $500,000 will be used towards expanding the Rise Asset Development Loan Fund across communities in Ontario and building a strategic plan to extend the program nationally across Canada.

Major gifts Ontario 2016

Canadian Red Cross

A $150,000 donation from Bell Let's Talk will see the Canadian Red Cross will incorporate mental health programming into its standard first aid training and launch a new Canadian Red Cross program focused on training first responders to look beyond physical symptoms and evaluate emotional well-being following an emergency such as a natural disaster.

Major gifts Ontario 2016

Big Brother Big Sisters of South West Durham – Pickering, ON

With the support of Bell Let’s Talk, this organization will hire a social worker to develop and deliver 10 distinct training sessions for frontline mentors whose mandate is to facilitate positive mental health in the children the agency serves. The training will emphasize topics such as identifying early signs/symptoms of mental illness, reducing stigma, coping skills, positive personal development and community resources.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) – National

CRE builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth aged 14 to 29 through exchanges, conferences, workshops and leadership training programs. Bell Let’s Talk funding will cover Mental Health first Aid training costs for 25 youth leaders of CRE’s national Youth Reconciliation Initiative that they will then deliver in 11 workshops across the country including to remote and fly-in First Nations communities and to 250 participants at the organization’s annual national conference in Winnipeg.

Community fund Ontario 2016