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 Aid Foundation of Canada – Toronto, ON

Youth who have been involved with the child welfare system suffer not only from unaddressed mental health issues. They also face a patchwork of support resources with many gaps when they leave the system. To counter that, the Foundation will use Bell funds to create a transition hub featuring a multi-disciplinary team of experts committed to deliver a holistic approach. It will be led by a mental health navigator who will connect young people to an integrated network of support resources.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham – Port Perry, ON

This organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support staff and cover workshop expenses for the Think, Feel, ACT! program. Based on a proven cognitive behavioral framework, this program addresses the needs of children aged 9-12 who struggle with anxiety. Once a week for 10 weeks, volunteer mentors meet with the children for an hour after school, during lunch or at any time throughout the school day, focusing on activities that build resilience, social and emotional competence, self-regulation, anxiety and stress management abilities.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services Inc. – Kitchener, ON

The Bell Community Fund Grant will let this organization deploy a full-time Attachment Specialist as part of its Trauma and Attachment Therapy program’s parenting group. This group focuses on long-term psycho-social and addiction problems which are the single greatest factor limiting a person’s ability to parent effectively. By involving both parent and child in ongoing therapy, this group in effect treats 2 generations at once, increasing the chance of long-term success for both.

Community fund Ontario 2018

The Stop Community Centre – Toronto, ON

In partnership with Our Place Community of Hope, The Stop will use its Bell grant to staff a front-line program of weekly peer counselling and mental health support and training for 60-90 people at The Stop's Drop-in Centre. The clients face mental health challenges and systemic barriers to access including income and food insecurity. The funds will also support accompanied transportation between the two facilities, effectively doubling the help offered.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Peterborough Youth Services – Peterborough, ON

Bell Let's Talk Community Fund dollars will enable the creation of a youth walk-in service to help reduce an 11-month wait list for young people seeking help with issues ranging from bulling and family conflict to suicidal thoughts and sexual identity. The funds will be allocated to staffing costs as the centre works to reduce the wait list both by offering real-time counselling in a more timely manner and referrals to other professionals as needed.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Children’s Centre – Thunder Bay, ON

The Centre will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding in the specialized training and clinician time needed to launch a new intervention model. This will address the Centre’s most pressing need: a long wait list for young people to see a therapist and will include a new Single Session Service model that will enable staff to meet with clients within a week of referral. It is also a response to client requests for flexible and accessible mental health interventions.

Community fund Ontario 2018

The Julien Project – Guelph, ON

This group provides therapeutic gardening experiences in partnership with schools and community and mental health service organizations. Bell funds will support staffing – a registered horticultural therapist – and related expenses for a wide variety of activities for clients of local agencies who serve marginalized adults, refugee families and people who have been incarcerated. The workshops will also involve community volunteers and students from the University of Guelph.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Family Services Ottawa – Ottawa, ON

As the only community-based service provider providing clinical groups for mothers suffering post-partum depression and anxiety, this organization will use Bell funds to enhance and enlarge its program. That will include creating a secure website offering 24/7 access to new resources as well as developing better processes to ensure referral pathways to further support are more effective.

Community fund Ontario 2018