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

$1.5 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

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

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

Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin

Bell Let's Talk announced a donation of $150,000 to Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin (OPK) to expand its mental health services for Indigenous youth in Winnipeg that encourage healing and resiliency through programs to develop life skills.

Major gifts Prairies 2018

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre

Bell Let's Talk and Unifor donate $200,000 to Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre and CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg to support the launch of the Strengthening Wellness Education to Love Life (SWELL) program.

Major gifts Prairies 2017