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 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.

867,449,649

Total number of interactions

+$7

million

in Community Fund grants

414

Community Fund grants

$2.54 million in grants

Children & Youth

$646K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.25 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

Manitoba Schizophrenia Society – Winnipeg, MB

After successfully piloting a program to address the needs of people who hear voices in their heads – a common symptom of schizophrenia – the Society will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to extend its Voice Hearers Support Program. This includes three 10-week sessions to help hearers learn coping strategies and a bi-weekly support group to break down the isolation these individuals often feel.

Community fund Prairies 2016

Siloam Mission – Winnipeg, MB

Siloam Mission's programs assist clients to move forward in their lives through goal setting, weekly meetings and other support. The Mission’s emergency services keep people alive and their transition services help people live up to their potential by supporting their access to mental health resources. They will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to train front line support staff and select members of the volunteer and client community to assist these individuals, of which there are about 135 on the caseload at any given time.

Community fund Prairies 2016

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta - Red Deer, AB

The Society will use the grant to help launch a series of webcasts to ensure clients and their families who live in rural areas of the province are aware of and have access to the wide range of programs offered to people living with schizophrenia and related disorders, plus their family members. Using Skype, Adobe Connects and other interactive programs, the webcasts will enhance the effectiveness of programs such as peer support, phone support, illness management and family support.

Community fund Prairies 2015

Suicide Prevention Resource Centre - Grande Prairie, AB

The Centre is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to expand its Breakfast Club program for kids from 9-12 to meet demand that has increased significantly in the 3 years since the program was created to serve even younger kids. The Centre will add 2 workshops for young people experiencing conflict or emotional struggles, providing them with better social supports and enabling them to develop better coping skills, self-esteem and the ability to make more healthy choices

Community fund Prairies 2015

Canadian Mental Health Association, Winnipeg - Winnipeg, MB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable CMHA to bring its flagship program – Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health – to Manitoba for the first time, complete with material adapted to address the unique concerns of the indigenous population. Bounce Back teaches cognitive behavioural therapy skills to people with low-to-moderate depression and anxiety, better equipping them to achieve their own life goals. The launch of the program in Manitoba also gives primary care providers a much-needed treatment option for an underserved population.

Community fund Prairies 2015

Brandon University - Brandon, MB

Using the grant from Bell Let’s Talk, the university will hire a coordinator to lead a complete assessment of the institution’s strengths and weaknesses related to student mental health. In addition, this new resource will work with students, administrators and professional caregivers to lead initiatives to close identified gaps, implement a broad awareness and anti-stigma campaign, and publicize resources that support students experiencing mental health issues.

Community fund Prairies 2014

Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region - Calgary, AB

CMHA -Calgary is expanding its offerings with the launch of the specialized Your Recovery Journey workshop series, supported by Bell Let’s Talk funding. This proven peer-to-peer program focuses on self-directed goal setting, illness management, self care and personal action planning. The project not only provides ongoing support to those who have just finished clinical care, it also creates a new network of expert peer facilitators and raises broader awareness of mental health issues in the community.

Community fund Prairies 2014

The Creative Spark - Canmore, AB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support an early intervention project that works to inspire youth to build dreams they can believe in and bolster their emotional strength. Over the course of 3 90-minute sessions, students who are struggling with psychological issues and/or difficult home environments participate in unique hands-on creative activities, each combining at least two mental wellness skills. Working with art and storytelling, students are encouraged to find creative ways to solve real life challenges and develop basic life skills.

Community fund Prairies 2014