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 Good Companions – Ottawa, ON

The Good Companions is a seniors’ centre that has been providing programs and services to seniors and adults with disabilities for more than 62 years. Every year, TGC provides 100 programs and services to more than 2,300 clients and members. The grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund will enable the organization to provide mental health first-aid training to 12 staff and 13 volunteers, enabling them to better recognize and deal with mental health issues particular to people as they age.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Skills for Change of Metro Toronto – Toronto, ON

Expanding on the successful Bridging the Gap program launched in Dundas 2 years ago, this organization will extend support to seniors in Hamilton and Brantford who struggle with mental health issues. The funds will support a staff member to expand the coverage of the program which creates opportunities to share information and provides referrals to mental health services, while giving access important technology information that will enhance clients’ engagement with family, community and mental health service providers.

Community fund Ontario 2018

YouthLink – Scarborough, ON

With its focus on promoting the mental health and well-being of low-income and marginalized youth in Scarborough, YouthLInk will use Bell funds to provide the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, a unique psycho-educationally based program for parents and caregivers who are dealing with troubling adolescent behaviour. Over 10 weeks, participants will learn a variety of strategies to improve their understanding of teenaged development and their ability to communicate with teens, thereby reducing family conflicts and stress.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder – Ottawa, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the Network to deliver a TeleConnections program, a first of its kind in Canada. This involves a 12-week series of telephone conferences to provide people outside of Ottawa, particularly those in rural areas in northern and eastern Ontario and Western Québec, with peer-to-peer and family-to-family support groups. The program will reduce feelings of isolation, guilt and depression that many family members feel when faced with mental illness in the family.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Broad Reach Foundation for Young Leaders – Toronto, ON

In an innovative program aimed at instilling valuable life skills in young people challenged by mental illness, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to support a sailing therapy program. Specifically, the money will go to buy equipment such as life-vests and foul-weather gear for participants to use as they are trained on operating large sailboats through the National Yacht Club, with additional activities on shore in the offseason. This will not only provide a valuable recreational output, it will also teach new skills such as discipline and teamwork.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Horizons for Youth – Toronto, ON

Horizons, a shelter for homeless and at-risk youth aged 16-24, provides emergency accommodations and support programs for up to 45 youth each day. With the Bell Let’s Talk grant, the organization would be able to make a part-time mental health and addictions worker full time, with benefits. This person provides informal counselling, connects clients to supportive resources in the community, monitors client medication and medicating practices and accompanies clients to appointments.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto – Toronto, ON

To augment its services for Indigenous children, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to launch Creativity Listens. This is a weekly creative writing group for at-risk urban Indigenous youth aged 16-24 who experience mental health issues and face multiple challenges and barriers to accessing service. The project lets participants express themselves through creative writing in a culturally respectful environment, while also building skills in reading, writing and public speaking.

Community fund Ontario 2018

John Howard Society of Belleville and District – Belleville, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support hiring a coordinator to strengthen the work of the Youth Wellness Hub, turning it into a one-stop-shop community partnership to develop integrated mental health, health, education, employment and addiction services for young people aged 12-25 years. It will be headquartered at a single, easy-to-access, youth-friendly walk-in location to improve access and outcomes for youth.

Community fund Ontario 2018