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

Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre – Oakville, ON

Focused on helping children with behavioural issues, the Centre will offer a program for parents, funded in part by Bell Let’s Talk. This entails Collaborative Problem Solving workshops for parents plus a one-on-one coaching session. This will help parents solidify their skills, support their children by building a healthy relationship, teach resiliency, improve frustration tolerance and problem solving and reduce family stress and anxiety.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Carea Community Health Centre – Oshawa, ON

To expand the many free services it already offers – including health promotion, primary care and mental health counselling – the Centre will use Bell funding for staff and other expenses of a new program: Gender Journeys. This is an 8-week program for anyone aged 13-25 facing gender changes, providing information and meaningful connections for those thinking about their gender, transgender folks, and gender diverse folks.

Community fund Ontario 2018

TAIBU Community Health Centre – Scarborough, ON

To expand the many free services it already offers - including health promotion, primary care and mental health counseling - the Center will use Bell Let's Talk funding to hire staff and cover expenses for a new program, Gender Journeys. This is an eight-week program for anyone between the ages of 13 and 25 who is considering a gender change. This program provides enriching information and contacts for people who think about their gender identity, transgender people and people of different gender identities.

Community fund Ontario 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