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

Bell Let’s Talk funding to support Canada’s territories

Bell Let’s Talk announced $1 million in funding for community mental health resources in Canada’s northern territories of Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon.

Major gifts Territories 2014

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

Mental Health & Wellness Division

Mental health training opportunities in Nunavut are limited due to the geographic size and cost of transportation. This project will provide professional development training for frontline mental health and wellness staff to better meet the needs of the region. Some of the project focus areas will include working from a strength-based client-centred practice, motivational interviewing and narrative approaches and developing practice methodologies that will encompass Inuit knowledge, traditions and values.

Community fund Territories 2011