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

Peel Children’s Centre – Mississauga, ON

With Bell’s grant, the Centre – one of the largest child mental health agencies in Canada – will offer support to an additional 25 children and their families through the free Strongest Families program. Strongest Families is designed to support children aged 3-12 who experience anxiety and disruptive behaviours by providing interventions to families in the privacy of their own homes via telephone and other technologies at times most convenient to the client.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Youthdale Riding Program, Youthdale Treatment Centres Foundation – Loretto, ON

The Foundation supports a summer riding program for the LGBTQ Junior Glow Group from Dufferin Child and Family Services, matching each child with a volunteer and a horse to learn to ride and to care for as part of an equine therapy strategy. Bell funding will be used to acquire two new horses and will expand the program by 33%.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Nelson Youth Centres – Burlington, ON

As part of their clinical support to individuals aged 7-17 with mental health challenges, and their families, the Centres offer an after-school therapeutic program that provides families with the support, strategies and tools needed to enable their children to develop positive relationships and connections to their community. Bell funding will enable the Centres to add 3 new groups to the program, reaching 30 additional families and children and reducing the wait list by 30%.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Hong Fook Mental Health Association – Scarborough, ON

After successfully introducing Wrap-Around Mental Health Supports for East Asian Youth in Markham a year ago, the Association will use the Bell grant to support the expansion of the program to Richmond Hill. The program offers a variety of tactics, including workshops and drop-in centres to help young people address stigma against mental health, provide early identification and intervention and make connection to culturally and linguistically appropriate services. 

Community fund Ontario 2018

Family Service Toronto – Toronto, ON

Bell funding will enable this agency to increase the reach of its play therapy service by offering training to counsellors working with children traumatized by high conflict between their parents. Training in play therapy will be provided to 30 therapists and 5 graduate students in 14 community agencies, with 10 therapists receiving deeper instruction building capacity in their respective agencies.

Community fund Ontario 2018

WAYS Mental Health Support – London, ON

WAYS is an accredited mental health agency providing programs and services for children, youth and families in the region, including a 24/7 crisis and intake line and shelter for those who can no longer reside with their natural families for a variety of reasons. The agency will invest Bell funds in culture-changing training for staff – both supervisors and front-line workers – in the importance of adopting a trauma-informed lens for supporting child and youth mental health.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Teach for Canada – Pikangikum, ON

Focused on suicide prevention in First Nations communities where the youth suicide rate is 6 times that of the rest of Canada, Bell funds will be used for suicide prevention training in 20 northern Ontario communities. Teach for Canada staff will be trained as facilitators and will, in turn, train another 200 community members in safeTALK. Teachers will also have access to tele-counselling and peer support forums to address the challenges of exposure to trauma, depression and anxiety.

Community fund Ontario 2018

Equestrian Association for the Disabled – Mount Hope, ON

The Association works to enhance the mental well-being of children and youth with physical, behavioural, and developmental disabilities through a unique form of proven therapy with the use of horses. About 320 clients and their families are involved with each session. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, the Association will provide certification training for 5 staff and 50 volunteers in mental health first aid and applied suicide intervention skills.

Community fund Ontario 2018