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

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

Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba – Winnipeg, MB

The Association is piloting a program called Turning Pages- that is addressing a perceived gap in services supporting depressed and/or anxious adults between the ages of 50- 70 who are struggling with transitioning from middle age into later life. Turning Pages offers cognitive behavioural therapy with mindfulness, peer support, suicide prevention and meaningful connections to community resources. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will fund the pilot including the collection of data on the effectiveness of the pilot that in turn will be used to procure longer term support for an ongoing program.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Creative Spark Development – Canmore, AB

Creative Spark Development creates engaging activities for Canadians to escape the negative impact of mental illness, including workshops to build resilience and promote healthy choices. Bell funding will advance their work on collaborating with other grassroots organizations supporting mental health at the community level. Creative Spark Development works to reduce program overlap and support other grass roots programs on improving their best practices and good governance.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Youth Employment Services (YES) – Winnipeg, MB

Because having a job is an important element of mental and physical well being, YES will use Bell funds to provide promotional materials, supplies, and to support staff wages in a new employment centre at its NorWest Youth Hub. The Hub already provides direct access to mental health support to youth in Winnipeg. By also having employment services provided at the Hub, clients can access multiple services under one roof and staff can collaborate to better support each individual,

Community fund Prairies 2018