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

The Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Program within The Brandon Friendship Centre – Brandon, MB

Bell funding will enable the Program to hire 2 proctors who, under the guidance of the counsellor within the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Centre, will work with clients to develop goals in interpersonal and social behaviours, and will accompany the client to recreational and leisure activities. Over time, clients will develop the skills needed to build relationships, problem-solve, communicate, perform self-care, and initiate leisure/recreational activities within their community.

Community fund Prairies 2018

FortWhyte Farms – Winnipeg, MB

FortWhyte Alive will use Bell Let’s Talk funding for various aspects of its social enterprise, FortWhyte Farms. FortWhyte Farms works with diverse, urban youth who are experiencing barriers to employment. The farm utilizes sustainable agriculture to engage young people in food literacy skills and employment training. Youth increase their health and wellness through food security, financial security, and positive lifestyle changes.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Spirit North – Canmore, AB

Spirit North will use Bell funding to add 3 Indigenous communities to its outreach program of school workshops aimed at increasing mental health outcomes for children and youth. The initiative also increases local capacity for community-led programming. The outreach consists of regular in-school programming, inspirational speakers and mentoring opportunities for educators and community leaders in remote communities in Alberta and British Columbia.

Community fund Prairies 2018

NorWest Co-op Community Health Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

Augmenting its NorWest Youth Hub continuum of services, the Co-op will use BLT funds to hire staff for a Youth Community Action Training (Y-CAT) initiative. Staff will train about 48 youth navigators, aged 18-25, through a 6-module program focused on topics such as mental health rights, addiction and poverty. Participants would then be peer mentor navigators helping youth in need find the right support services.

Community fund Prairies 2017

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

Bell Let's Talk funding will enable RaY to hire additional staff for its program which begins on the streets with outreach and access workers who develop trusting relationships with marginalized youth. They then leverage those relationships to put participants in touch with in-house mental health, addictions, and primary health specialists, who help create co-ordinated care plans to address often-complex needs.

Community fund Prairies 2017

CMHA Central Region Inc. – Portage la Prairie, MB

To meet the evolving needs of its clients, CMHA Central will use the BLT funds to repurpose its drop-in space into the Thrive Learning Centre, an educational resource for mental health service users, their families, friends, and members of the community. The idea is to deliver a curriculum geared to promoting mental health literacy and skill development for those with mental health issues and their families.

Community fund Prairies 2017

Calgary Counselling Centre – Calgary, AB

With the support of Bell Let’s Talk, the Centre will be able to add 816 new client counselling sessions under its Urgent Access for Depressed Youth program for depressed youth aged 13-25. Specifically, the funding will support an additional full-time staff person for a year.

Community fund Prairies 2017

Enoch Cree Nation, Enoch, AB

BLT funding will support hiring a co-ordinator to implement the new Pimihaw Youth Arts Program to target at-risk Indigenous youth between the ages of 14 and 22 in this First Nation community in central Alberta. Through a series of workshops, the program will incorporate music, drama and dance to empower youth, and build their self worth and social interaction skills.

Community fund Prairies 2017