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.

The 2018 Community Fund application window is now open and runs until March 31, 2018. 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

740,145

Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million

donated

to mental health initiatives

1,051,599

crisis and distress

line callers

492,058

children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs

212,260

individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs

4,265

trained staff and volunteers

3,517

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund

4 out of 5

Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

Northern Youth Leadership – Yellowknife, NT

This organization runs camps that bring together youth from across Northern Canada to develop the inner and outer resources needed to overcome challenges, realize their full potential and live healthy lives. By intervening at a young age, NYL programming builds resilience and confidence, and develops protective factors for mental wellness. Bell funding will enable NYL focus on helping girls process their experiences, heal through cultural and athletic pursuits and rebuild their lives through skills development.

Community fund Territories 2017

Arviat – Hamlet of Arviat, NU

Bell Let's Talk Community funding will support mental health first aid training for staff and volunteers, and the subsequent development of a peer support program (including materials, youth committee honoraria, meeting support, etc.) in connection with the community’s Youth Drop-In Centre for Inuit which opened last year in a newly-renovated, fully staffed building.

Community fund Territories 2017

Northern Integrated Cultures with the Environment, Northwest Territories

A culturally relevant program of Northern Integrated Cultures with the Environment (Northern ICE), this Bell-supported initiative provides mental health intervention for at-risk indigenous youth, members of the Tulita Dene band, to prevent violence, suicide and addictions. It is an intensive month-long program that helps youth explore their own strengths and connect more positively to the land and the traditional Dene way of life.

Community fund Territories 2016

Mental Health Association of Yukon - Whitehorse, YU

Bell’s grant will enable the Association to augment a cognitive behavioural therapy-based program for people struggling with low mood, anxiety and depression issues, both in person and via video-conferencing, a first and much needed approach for delivering support to more remote areas. Over 8 sessions, a facilitator will provide participants with strategies to maximize their ability to deal with life's challenges, including material that is specifically tailored for teenagers and First Nations communities.

Community fund Territories 2015

Second Opinion Society - Whitehorse, YT

The Society is creating a distress phone line to provide crisis support and referral assistance. This line will be available through a toll-free number sponsored by Northwestel, making it accessible throughout the territory and open for calls nightly from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support screening and training of phone line volunteers, including the development of culturally sensitive training materials focused on the demographics of the territory in addition to Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

Community fund Territories 2014

Stanton Territorial Health Authority

This program will improve the delivery of mental health services across Northern Canada. It will allow for the co-ordination of care for mental health patients from their first contact with the health or justice system to their return home. The program includes many facets of capacity building including: Improved training of front line staff in the police, health and justice systems.

Community fund Territories 2013

The Support Network

This project will expand the volunteer training program providing improved access to mental health crisis services. Community members who need access to their services will be supported with improved coping mechanisms which will decrease the strain on other community resources. The program will provide valuable communication and other life skills for volunteers and ensure the Crisis Support Centre has the resources needed to deliver this valuable mental health service.

Community fund Territories 2013

Arviat Youth Piliriqatigit/Hamlet of Arviat, NU

Arviat Youth Piliriqatigit (AYP) is an organization which was initially formed by youth to provide peer support and interventions targeted at youth suicide prevention. In response to the lack of counselling services in the community, they will train 25 community members in the Wraparound process. The Ikajutigiitsaigit Project will provide a vehicle for youth-to-youth counselling and support, a process for re-engaging families in shared relationship healing by bringing together resources as a community and wrapping them around those in crisis. It will establishes a core group of young and engaged community caregivers who we can also deliver training and support.

Community fund Territories 2012