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

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

Lethbridge Family Services – Lethbridge, AB

To fill a void in services offered, Lethbridge Family Services will invest BLT funding in its new Teen Healing Journey initiative, providing experiential group therapy for young women ages 15 to 24 who have experienced childhood abuse and who have a mental illness diagnosis. The plan is to organize 3 separate 10-person groups who, for periods of 10 weeks each every year, will address their issues through discussion, art therapy and journaling.

Community fund Prairies 2017

True North Youth Foundation - Winnipeg, MB

True North Foundation’s grant will be used to facilitate PROJECT 11 teacher training in Northern Manitoba. Inspired and created in honor of Rick Rypien #11, former player of the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, PROJECT 11 was created to support students in grades 5 to 8 with virtual tutorials educating students about mental health. The program uses concepts such as practicing focusing the mind, increasing self-awareness of feelings and strengths, and building positive relationships.

Community fund Prairies 2017

Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region – Calgary, AB

CMHA Calgary plans to use Bell Let’s Talk funding to help launch a Peer Support Navigator network to address its growing and increasingly complex intake workload. The Peer Support Navigators, people living successfully with mental illness, can quickly connect with underserved and disconnected individuals, using their own experience to establish trust, and their knowledge of the healthcare supports available to guide those in need to the most effective recovery path. This also builds self-confidence among the Navigators.

Community fund Prairies 2016

Fort McMurray Public School District #2833 – Fort McMurray, AB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a program to provide mental health training in schools in the district. Specifically, it will provide basic training in cognitive behaviour therapy and implementation of the FRIENDS program to more than a dozen school counsellors and classroom teachers. The grant will also enable the District to train secondary school students in peer mentorship.

Community fund Prairies 2016

The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords – North Battleford, SK

The Lighthouse serves approximately 500 vulnerable people a year, providing emergency shelter, transitional suites and a community kitchen. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a new Aboriginal Peer Support Worker who will guide individuals through the process of staying at the shelter and finding the right mental health support, as well as working with other community organizations to co-ordinate effective mental health care and recovery beyond the shelter.

Community fund Prairies 2016

UNITY Charity – Northern Alberta

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the Northern Alberta First Nation Express Your Stress Arts Educational Program. This is a series of school-based programs focused on mental health messaging, specifically on anxiety, depression, awareness, and stigma. The 10-day program will be in schools and community spaces in Fort McMurray, Janvier, Anzac, Fort Chipewyan and Fort McKay. It will target young people from 10 to 18 years old with a 2-day program in each community, including school assembles and artistic development workshops.

Community fund Prairies 2016