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 2019 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. 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

$938K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.6 million in grants

Military family support

6,313,777

Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million

donated

to mental health initiatives

2,235,043

crisis and distress

line callers

5,588,596

children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs

459,232

individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,451,270

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 2011-2019

Strongest Families Institute

Bell Let’s Talk and the Manitoba government donate a joint $1 million over 5 years to the Strongest Families Institute (SFI) to expand mental health services for children, youth and their families throughout Manitoba. SFI is an award-winning organization delivering evidence-based programs for children, youth and families dealing with mild to moderate mental illness and other health issues. Its unique distance coaching approach, which offers support for families day or night and in the privacy of their own homes, is also the only program of its kind in the country with a no-waitlist policy for families with children and youth.

Major gifts Prairies 2019

Bear Clan Patrol

Bell Let's Talk and the City of Winnipeg donate a combined $200,000 to Bear Clan Patrol, the community-based organization providing safety and belonging, mental wellness support, conflict resolution and crime prevention for vulnerable people in the community. Funding will help Bear Clan Patrol expand patrol coverage, grow its food distribution program and add a new resource for the counselling program.

Major gifts Prairies 2019

Université du Québec à Montréal

A $500,000 donation to the Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide, Ethical Issues and End-of-Life Practices (CRISE) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) will be used to develop a first of its kind project aimed at preventing suicide by making optimal use of today’s digital communications tools.

Major gifts Quebec 2019

CHEO

A $300,000 donation to CHEO, a pediatric health and research centre in Ottawa, will support the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA), a program to help reduce wait times and improve access to mental health care. CAPA decreases wait times and streamlines service delivery, empowering patients and families to be stewards of their own mental health through collaboration with clinicians to determine the optimum treatment plan.

Major gifts Ontario 2019

Anna et la mer – Trois-Rivières, QC

This organization works with youth aged 7-17 who have a parent or close relative suffering from a mental illness, aiming to provide its clients with the resilience they need to succeed. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable Anna et la mer to expand the program by holding structured clinical meetings in other regions with a view to co-ordinating the intervention programs and implementing ongoing improvements. The intervention programs, which are innovative, aim to promote early intervention, coping skills and resilience.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Alternative Centregens – Longueuil, QC

To address a less well-known side effect of mental disorders, this organization will initiate a singing therapy project led by a mental health worker and a professional musician. Mental health medications often weaken muscles, so this program will counteract that in classes that teach posture, strength and tone exercises needed to sing. Over the 30 weeks of the program, participants will gain confidence and self-esteem as well as have access to individual and group psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational services.

Community fund Quebec 2018

Fondation Vivre ma santé mentale – Chicoutimi, QC

The Foundation provides a wide variety of physical, socio-cultural, intellectual, artistic and recreational activities free to adult clients with mood disorders, anxieties or other mental health issues. Bell Let’s Talk funding will defray the cost of renting space and enable the group to acquire new equipment as it expands its work in the Lac-St-Jean West territory and La Baie where demand has grown tenfold since 2016.

Community fund Quebec 2018

St. Stephen’s Community House – Toronto, ON

With 11 sites across Toronto and North York, St. Stephen’s operates clinics that serve about 27,000 at-risk youth who experience depression and trauma from violence, abuse and sexual exploitation. The Bell Mental Health funds will support 2 youth workers who will ensure clients connect with the organization’s on-site clinical partners for treatment and receive the bundle of services (housing, employment, academic support) they need. They will also reach out to local schools and the community to build awareness.

Community fund Ontario 2018