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.

1,491,774,955

Total number of interactions

$129,588,747.75

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

5,556,332

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 million

in Community Fund grants

2,427,991

crisis and distress

line users

2,159,817

children & youth reached

909,000

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,469,600

trained staff and volunteers

22,824

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

78%

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

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2022

Find out where the funds go

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Renfrew Victoria Hospital - Renfrew, ON

Mental Health Link will provide key information about mental health to first responders in the pre-hospital care environment via smartphone applications and the internet. Information will include how to interact with persons suffering from mental illness, assessment and diagnosis, psychiatric medication, treatment options, and mental health intervention in disaster situations.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Toronto, ON

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario's Ask The Expert Helpline (ATE) is a free support line providing support through telephone, online and in-person. The project aims to expand their services by implementing an outreach campaign to rural communities and the north. The outreach campaign would target larger segments of the population including diverse ethno-cultural and social groups.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

Shelter Nova Scotia - Halifax, NS

Shelter Nova Scotia will train their front line staff in MHFA training/Suicide prevention training. Shelter Nova Scotia provides support and services to men and women who transition from prison to community living. They operate 5 facilities in HRM that provide over 44,000 bed nights per year to people who otherwise may have nowhere to turn.

Community Fund Atlantic 2013

SKETCH Working Arts for Street Involved and Homeless Youth - Toronto, ON

Young Women in Mind focuses on outreach to young women who face mental health, addiction and trauma issues. By using artistic programs based in community health centres, drop ins and shelters, we will help these young women rebuild their lives and connect with mental health professionals outside of an institutional framework. The program is broken down into three phases: Community outreach and partnership creation, Creative Programming, and Leadership Training.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

St. Mary's Hospital Foundation - Montreal

Bell's funding will provide a new on-line resource and support service to immigrants and refugees living with anxiety and depression. The project team for the health experiences initiative based at St. Mary's Hospital and in partnership with McGill University and the University of British Columbia (e-Health) will invite new immigrants to share their lived experiences of anxiety and depression.

Community Fund Québec 2013

St. Michael's Hospital - Toronto, ON

St. Michael's Hospital aims to develop educational and therapeutic resources to support the Mindfulness and Group Therapy program. The group curriculum is being adapted so that the mindfulness practices can be accessible to a broader population. This will include the development of shorter guided meditations which will be distributed on a CD or posted on a website. In addition, DVDs and handouts will be developed for patients to use for their own home practice.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

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

Suicide Prevention Resource Centre - Grande Prairie, AB

The Community Helpers Program will build a bridge between the informal and formal support received by youth and to provide awareness of existing programs and services in the community.

Community Fund Prairies 2013

The Cleaning Solution Society - Vancouver, BC

The Cleaning Solution is a non-profit social enteprise providing supportive and quality employement for those living with mental illness. Funds will be dedicated to providing employment support services.

Community Fund British Columbia 2013

The George Hull Centre for Children and Families - Toronto, ON

The George Hull Centre will expand their frontline services by increasing the number of school/classrooms that will be offered the Fun Friends program and by expanding the Anxiety Groups for Children program so that our George Hull School Focused clinicians would also run groups, offering at least one and possibly two additional clinical treatment groups.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

The Kaleidoscope Mental Health Support Society - Vancouver, BC

Further expansion of Kaleidoscope - a program that offers a safe, stigma-free place for attendees to share their stories with peers who have had similar experiences with mental illness.

Community Fund British Columbia 2013

The Psychology Foundation of Canada - Toronto, ON

The Psychology Foundation of Canada aims to improve their Kids Have Stress Too! and Make the Connection Programs in Aboriginal communities. The Aboriginal community members and staff who work in the communities will be trained to facilitate the programs. Parents will learn about attachment skills and child development, as well as how to help their children with stress. Children will learn coping skills which can be applied throughout their lives.

Community Fund Ontario 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

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa - Ottawa, ON

Youth Services Bureau (YSB) is piloting a new Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Program to address the needs of youth ages 12-20 who are experiencing complex and persistent mental health issues. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and concepts of stress tolerance, acceptance, and mindfulness. The pilot will consist of a series of 12 week DBT programs being offered for some of the most at risk youth in the community as well as a parent/caregiver education.

Community Fund Ontario 2013