Bell Let’s Talk announces funding for mental health initiatives around the country, including support for BIPOC communities

Halifax, Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Throughout January, Bell Let’s Talk announced more than $6.7 million in funding for mental health projects across the country, including 8 new recipients of the Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund and the launch of a new Post-Secondary Fund. These funds are in addition to our $2 million annual Community Fund that provides grants up to $25,000 for local and grassroots mental health initiatives, which is accepting applications until March 15.

January 7 – A donation of $420,000 to the QEII Foundation will support the introduction of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) at the Nova Scotia Hospital and Valley Regional Hospital, enabling Nova Scotians to access this life-changing treatment in a public hospital and at no cost. rTMS is used to stimulate or inhibit nerve cells in the brain to alleviate symptoms of depression. The therapy is intended for the one-third of people with major depressive disorders who don’t respond to medication, bringing new hope to this population. Watch the video below to learn more.

January’s Jack Chapters are groups of young people working year-round to identify and dismantle barriers to positive mental health in their communities. A $500,000 investment over the next 5 years will help expand the reach of Jack Chapters in hundreds of communities and equip Jack Chapter leaders with training, mentorship and digital education tools to support the mental health of young people across the country.

January 18 – An earlier donation is supporting the newly launched Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC), a website to help address the mental health toll of COVID-19 on diverse communities. A joint initiative by researchers at McGill’s Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, The Neuro and the Lady Davis Institute, this unique online resource seeks to improve the quality and availability of mental health services for people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including new Canadians, refugees and members of established ethnocultural communities. With these populations disproportionally affected by the global pandemic, the MMHRC will provide a timely and critical new resource.

January 20Eight new recipients of the Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund received grants totalling $1 million to increase access to culturally informed mental health services in diverse communities. The eight organizations from every region in Canada are working to improve access to mental health care for members of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities in Canada with culturally informed and evidence-based mental health and wellness programs. Meet all the recipients here.

January 21 – A donation of $300,000 to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation is supporting the launch of an unprecedented intensive ambulatory care pilot program for patients being treated for an eating disorder that also incorporates an innovative remote support component. This new initiative will help young people and their families in their home environments, wherever they may live in Québec.

January 26 – The Bell Let’s Talk-Brain Canada Mental Health Research Program, a new $4 million partnership in support of Canadian brain research will accelerate Canadian brain research while helping to address the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health care. Funding for the program is made up of a $2 million gift from Bell Let’s Talk, matched by the federal government through the Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF).

To read more about how these outstanding organizations are taking action to move mental health forward, visit our news page.

Pictured above: Nova Scotia’s North End Community Health Association mobile outreach team members