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.

1,013,915,275

Total number of interactions

$100,695,763.75

committed

to mental health initiatives

657

Community Fund grants

$15.7 million in funding

Children & Youth

$1.95 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$1.78 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,000 organizations who have supported over

3,409,680

Canadians with access to mental health services

+$11 million

in Community Fund grants

2,235,043

crisis and distress

line users

1,476,878

children & youth reached

610,148

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,451,375

trained staff and volunteers

15,846

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

86%

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

Behavioural Health Foundation

A donation of $240,000 to the Behavioural Health Foundation (BHF) will support Indigenous programming as a core component of holistic residential treatment for adults and families affected by addictions and co-occurring mental health issues.

Major gifts Prairies 2019

Kidthink Children’s Mental Health Centre Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

Bell funding will support Kidthink Children’s Mental Health Centre Inc., which focuses on improving mental health services for children 12 years of age and under through clinical, outreach, and awareness programs. With a focus on supporting children, as well as their parents, teachers, and caregivers, the KIDTHINK program aims to enhance and promote early intervention and prevention. Bell funding will support programs designed to educate and enhance the skills of caregivers to recognize the signs and symptoms of children’s mental health issues and give them the tools they need to talk about mental health, intervene early, and support the children in their care.

Community fund Prairies 2019

The West Central Women's Resource Centre Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

The Centre will invest their Community Fund grant in their Creative Wellness and Healing Project, providing marginalized women in Winnipeg's inner-city the opportunity to engage in consistent and creative wellness activities through various artistic mediums. Programming will help women, many of whom have mental health and addiction issues, foster connections, break isolation and gain access to a trauma-informed worker who can help make referrals to formal mental health supports, and begin the conversation around mental health self-care practices.

Community fund Prairies 2019

Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc. (RaY) – Winnipeg, MB

Bell Let's Talk funding will support the hiring of an Addictions Support Worker, expanding the organization’s ability to manage the high levels of addiction and co-occurring disorders of the marginalized and street entrenched youth they serve. The Addictions Support Worker will support 40 to 50 youth each month, helping them to identify and address addictions issues as well facilitating connections to intensive addictions resources and suitable mental health services for their unique needs.

Community fund Prairies 2019

Artbeat Studio Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

Artbeat provides free studio and gallery space with mentorship, to promote recovery and empowerment through artistic expression for people with mental illness. With the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant, Artbeat Alumni will facilitate 36 participatory art workshops in their own communities, expanding services to new geographic areas and improving access to Artbeat’s programs to target groups including gang affected youth, newcomers and LGBTQ communities.

Community fund Prairies 2019

HOPE North Suicide Prevention and Life Promotion Committee – Thompson, MB

HOPE North Suicide Prevention and Life Promotion Committee is a community-based group made up of many different organizations, agencies and interested individuals that are dedicated to promoting life and encouraging healthy living in Northern Manitoba. The Committee hosts and supports training opportunities to increase knowledge of mental health and increase capacity for helping self and others; and also organizes many different life promoting activities to reduce stigma, provide opportunity for healthy leisure and community inclusion. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will fund a train-the-trainer program and provide materials to make Gatekeeper training accessible to community members and service providers supporting individuals with mental health problems and/or suicide related concerns in Northern Manitoba.

Community fund Prairies 2019