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

Find out where the funds go

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AMI-Québec Action on Mental Illness - Montreal, QC

AMI-Québec will expand their counseling, education and support services with telehelp workshops for caregivers and mental health professionals, and outreach programs for schools and communities through videoconferences.

Community Fund Québec 2012

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

BC Schizophrenia Society - Kelowna, BC

The Bridges Education Program provides a free education course that helps persons recovering from a mental illness to cope through a better understanding of their illness and its treatment, to better communicate their individual concerns and feelings, to become aware of the support organizations that are available in the community, and to deal with the effects of stigma. The project support from Bell's grant will enable a substantial increase in the number of persons served.

Community Fund British Columbia 2012

Boys and Girls Club of East Dartmouth - Dartmouth, NS

The FRIENDS for Life project is an evidence-based early intervention and prevention program developed in Australia and supported by the World Health Organization to prevent and intervene in the development of anxiety and depression in children and youth. Working together with the Dartmouth Community Health Board, the IWK Health Centre, Public Health Services, Schools Plus and the Boys & Girls Club, they will offer the Friends for Life Program training to staff at local schools.

Community Fund Atlantic 2012

Café Rendez-vous de la Maison Réalité - Ottawa, ON and Gatineau, QC

Café Rendezvous de la Maison Realite focus on social support and will expand their educational and back-to-work programs by renovating the Café Rendez-vous kitchen to accommodate more participants and make the work environment safer.

Community Fund Québec 2012

Canadian Mental Health Association - MB (Province-wide)

The Kaleidoscope-Wellness Through Creative Expression project produces a magazine that is distributed across Manitoba in 8 regions helping raise provincial awareness and reduce stigma of mental illness. The magazine creates an adaptive way for mental health consumers to express themselves through art aiding in the healing process and recovery.

Community Fund Prairies 2012

Canadian Mental Health Association - Peterborough, ON

Bell's funding supports the Kids on the Block Program which is the organizations main vehicle for delivery of health promotion messages to elementary school-aged children. Since 1996 the Kids on the Block troupe has offered educational presentations about things such as children's mental health issues including depression, understanding feelings, school safety and children's experience of family break-up. The program is offered free of charge in schools, libraries and community events.

Community Fund Ontario 2012

Canadian Mental Health Association - Prince George, BC

The Resource Housing Outreach program will provide short term life skills support to individuals with severe and persistent mental health issues who are transitioning from homelessness to housing. The goal is not only to assist with achieving suitable and safe housing but also to support the development of skills and community involvement that help to ensure the maintenance of safe housing.

Community Fund British Columbia 2012

Canadian Mental Health Association - Shuswap / Revelstoke, BC

Living Life to the Full – a new evidence-based program – will be offered to the community in a group format. Trained facilitators use small group activities to identify and work on improved feelings, moods and behaviours. The course includes activities designed to engage participants at their comfort level and inspire them to shift how they respond to the stresses in their lives.

Community Fund British Columbia 2012

Canadian Mental Health Association, Fredericton/Oromocto Region, Inc. NB

The "Fun Friends" and "Friends for Life" anxiety prevention program for children and youth will fill the gap in services recognized by both the school district and local mental health centre. This program will help children and youth manage the effects of anxiety and build resilience and will directly benefit teachers, support workers, community workers, counsellors and parents.

Community Fund Atlantic 2012

Cape Breton Mental Health Foundation & Crossroads - Cape Breton, NS

This is a joint project between Crossroads ACES members and the Cape Breton Mental Health Foundation. The ACES of Crossroads Cape Breton consists of members between 19 and 30 years of age who live with mental illness. The Foundation will use its grant to open and provide access to a media centre which will create new training and educational opportunities for clients in various fields of interest. The goal is to provide support in helping clients develop new skills and access work opportunities.

Community Fund Atlantic 2012

Capital Region Mental Health & Addictions - NB (Province-wide)

This Anxiety Prevention/ Intervention Program for Children and Youth will fill the gap in services that both the school district and mental health centre recognize as being needed for children and youth with anxiety. Bringing the program to the community will assist children and youth manage symptoms of anxiety and build resiliency. This project will directly impact children, youth, their teachers, support workers, community workers, counsellors and parents.

Community Fund Atlantic 2012

Centre Accalmie - MRC d'Avignon, Pointe-à-la-Croix (Gaspésie), QC

This project will allow the Centre Accalmie to hire a new employee to give a prevention workshop on self-esteem.

Community Fund Québec 2012

Centre d'hébergement alternatif de Sherbrooke (CHAS) - Sherbrooke, QC

The project consists of improving health services and reducing stigmatization with a new gardening project that will be known as the 'Bell Garden.'

Community Fund Québec 2012

Centre de crise de Québec - Québec City, QC

The Centre, with help from the Bell fund, is going to improve access to information for people who require psychiatric help by updating and upgrading their Website Crisis intervention programming. This will improve access to their online support.

Community Fund Québec 2012