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

+$9

million

in Community Fund grants

534

Community Fund grants

$3.53 million in grants

Children & Youth

$1.3 million in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.6 million in grants

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 900 organizations who have supported over

3,405,103

Canadians with access to mental health services

$100,695,763.75

committed

to mental health initiatives

2,235,043

crisis and distress

line users

1,474,258

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

YMCA of Moose Jaw – Moose Jaw, SK

Bell Let's Talk funding will help the Y build capacity by providing 3 YMCA staff with the training to become licensed trainers in the FRIENDS resilience program, a cognitive behaviour therapy approach that provides social and emotional skills training for 4 to 18 year olds. These individuals will in turn train at least 15 youth workers and teachers to become facilitators for sessions aimed at the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Canadian Mental Health Association, Wood Buffalo Region – Fort McMurray, AB

To address the issue of suicide in remote northern communities, CMHA will use Bell funding to increase its internal capacity. Specifically, the funds will be invested in training more trainers to go out into these communities and teach the needed skills all responders and support agencies should know. They will also impact individual community members as they build their own toolkit to respond to potential suicides.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Central Station Community Centre – Winkler, MB

With Bell Let's Talk funding, the Centre will bring a full Recovery College curriculum to the community, offering 25 courses and educational resources for mental health service users, their family, friends and members of the community. This curriculum is geared to promoting mental health literacy, self-exploration and skill development. It enables people to sign up for courses that interest them and receive recognition for completing the course.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

The Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to help purchase new single and multiuser workout equipment for the future renovations and upgrades to the mental health inpatient play spaces. As part of an overall therapy plan, this increased physical activity will help these youth with a reduction in depression, anxiety, and stress, teaching them coping tools for their future.

Community fund Prairies 2018

YWCA Edmonton – Edmonton, AB

To reduce the current wait time of 3 to 6 months for its counselling services, the YWCA will use Bell’s grant to support hiring an additional psychologist to provide counselling for the YWCA’s diverse and low-income clientele. In addition, the new psychologist will supervise Masters/PhD students on placement at the YWCA, creating increased capacity and help for up to 240 additional people who need the counselling services of the YWCA in order to move from crisis to resilience.

Community fund Prairies 2018