Creating positive change 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. Together, we can all play a role in creating positive change.

The Bell Let’s Talk 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. In July 2020, Bell Let’s Talk announced a new $5 million Diversity Fund to support the mental health and well-being of members of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities across Canada. In January 2021 we launched the new Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund to support Canadian colleges and universities in implementing the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students.

To learn more about all Bell Let’s Talk funding opportunities click here.

Small action. Big impact.

1,327,476,135

Total number of interactions

$121,373,806.75

committed

to mental health initiatives

888

Community Fund grants

$28.6 million in funding

Young Canadians

$3.3 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$2.1 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,300 organizations who have supported

4,578,467

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 million

in Community Fund grants

2,421,999

crisis and distress

line users

2,054,216

children & youth reached

891,553

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,464,961

trained staff and volunteers

20,346

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

82%

of Canadians reported believing attitudes about mental illness have changed for the better

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2021

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QEII Foundation

The QEII Foundation announced a gift of $420,000 from Bell Let’s Talk to support the introduction of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) at the Nova Scotia Hospital and Valley Regional Hospital. 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.

Major gifts Atlantic 2021

Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund

Bell announced the launch of the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund to support Canadian colleges and universities in implementing the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students. Post-secondary institutions can now apply for a kickoff grant to cover start-up costs associated with implementing the Standard, followed by the opportunity to seek funding for specific student mental health initiatives in spring 2021. For more information click here.

Post-Secondary Fund Multiple regions 2021

Jack.org

Bell Let’s Talk and Jack.org announced a $500,000 investment over the next 5 years to equip Jack Chapter leaders with training, mentorship and digital education tools to support the mental health of young people across the country.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2021

Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC)

Supported by a $250,000 donation from Bell Let's Talk, McGill University, The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) and the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital are pleased to announce the official launch of the Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC). 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.

Major gifts Québec 2021

African Community Wellness Initiative

The African Community Wellness Initiative (ACWI)’s Afrocentric Counselling Services will be led by practitioners who will provide culturally anchored therapeutic counselling and psycho-educational group sessions to up to 75 African, Caribbean, Black Identifying (ACBI) women and youth, annually.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2021

Centre des jeunes l’escale de Montréal-Nord

The project aims to prevent risk behaviours for adolescents in the borough of Montreal North, with a goal to strengthen their sense of confidence and well-being. Program components include classroom workshops focused on resilience, mental health and well-being, community volunteering experiences and outdoor activities.

Diversity Fund Québec 2021

Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network

Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network’s new project, “Thriving in a New Home,” will enable trauma-affected newcomer refugee parents and children to build awareness of mental health, resilience and healing by providing culturally responsive mental health promotion programming through home visits or group sessions, systems navigation and advocacy, and peer mentorship and capacity-building.

Diversity Fund Prairies 2021

Hillside Elementary School at Kettle and Stony Point First Nation

The “Land as Our First Teacher” program will help students of Hillside Elementary School access concepts of land as teacher which include relationships, trust, care, reciprocity, stewardship and reconciliation in an Indigenous context and in turn the land will support their students’ mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2021

North End Community Health Association

North End Community Health Association’s Rapid Response Program is a responsive to a need identified by the African Nova Scotian community. This program will provide mental health services to prevent individual crisis, support the community in times of need, and further help to minimize the gap in health outcomes experienced by African Nova Scotians because of racism and poverty.

Diversity Fund Atlantic 2021

Pour 3 Points / Aim for 3

This program aims to support youth from underprivileged areas by training community sports coaches to be able to support the mental health and well-being of youth, building their resilience and life skills. The project will allow them to increase the number of coaches they provide the training to, and increase the mental health awareness and education component of their training modules. Each coach is supported by a certified development counsellor, and surrounded by a multidisciplinary work team of 18 employees including, three psychologists, a social worker, and an occupational therapist.

Diversity Fund Québec 2021

Yukon University Foundation

YukonU will create a mental health and wellness framework with diversity at its core. This framework will equip faculty and staff with understanding and knowledge critical to delivering programs through a diversity and trauma informed lens. The funds will also allow the expansion of Roddy’s Camp, an outdoor place of gathering, conversations, healing, and providing community mental health and wellness support. Integral to this framework is the role of Elders as well as the role of Indigenous land-based activities in supporting mental wellness.

Diversity Fund Territories 2021

Yorktown Family Services

Yorktown Family Services are launching the Black Youth Health and Wellness program which provides an integrated care team, including a dedicated Black Identified Therapist, Youth Outreach Workers, and Care Navigator delivering culturally adapted services. The program will feature a youth group for Black-identified males with a focus on youth and young adults who are at high-risk for mental health issues, and have not previously accessed services.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2021

Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine

The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation announced the launch of an unprecedented intensive ambulatory care pilot program for patients being treated for an eating disorder (ED) that also incorporates an innovative remote support component. Enabled by a $300,000 donation from Bell Let's Talk, this new initiative will help young people and their families in their home environments, wherever they may live in Québec.

Major gifts Québec 2021

Bell Let’s Talk-Brain Canada Mental Health Research Program

Brain Canada and Bell Let’s Talk announced the new Bell Let’s Talk-Brain Canada Mental Health Research Program to 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).

Major gifts Multiple regions 2021

Bell Let's Talk Post-Secondary Fund Kickoff Grants

Bell Let’s Talk awarded more than $3 million in initial grants from the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund to 123 Canadian colleges and universities to support them in the initial implementation of the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students. To see a complete list of universities and colleges that received a $25,000 Kickoff Grant, please click here.

Post-Secondary Fund Multiple regions 2021