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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North Bay Regional Health Centre - North Bay, ON

In an area that runs from James Bay to Bracebridge/Parry Sound and from Wawa to Mattawa, there have been only 10 early psychosis intervention (EPI) programs covering more than 273 communities. Bell funding will enable the Centre to implement an EPI Training Program which, at no cost to the service providers, will significantly increase the capacity for early identification and improve caregivers’ ability to make the appropriate referrals and support the recovery of affected individuals in their home communities.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Old Brewery Mission - Montréal, QC

As the largest shelter for transient men and women in Canada, Old Mission Brewery serves thousands of people every year, many with mental health issues. The Bell Let’s Talk funds will support the work of a psycho-social counsellor who specializes in the compound issues of homelessness and mental illness to improve the care offered to those in the in the Prism (Projet de réaffiliation en santé mentale et itinérance) Program’s 10-bed dormitory 10-bed dormitory. This will also help reduce demand on psychiatric resources in downtown hospitals.

Community Fund Québec 2014

Pathstone Mental Health - Thorold, ON

As the only accredited provider of children's mental health treatment in the entire Niagara region, Pathstone will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to reach more children and youth in need. Specifically, the funding will enable Pathstone to deploy its mental health therapists to train more caregivers in behavioural, cognitive and supportive therapies, thus enabling the organization to offer more children guidance in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal skills.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Patros de Jonquière - Jonquiére, QC

As part of its work to reach out to people in their living environment, Patros de Jonquière will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding in its street work and the ongoing operation of its new Accueil Café, a downtown storefront designed to be a safe and supportive gathering place for adults with mental health challenges. The café enables people to break the isolation that often accompanies mental illness, connect with peers and receive informed referrals to organizations specializing in mental illnesses.

Community Fund Québec 2014

Pivot Centre-du-Québec - Victoriaville, QC

Because work is a major determinant of health, this project seeks to develop the social and professional skills of people with severe mental health problems, as well as enabling them to learn positive work habits and skills. The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund will enable Pivot to expand its work integration workshops for people with serious mental health problems to 5 days a week from the current 2-3 days a week in Victoriaville.

Community Fund Québec 2014

Punjabi Community Health Services - Brampton, ON

In supporting the SAHARA BETI group, Bell funding will help at-risk South Asian girls coping with mental health issues and suicide tendencies. In addition to the normal stresses of growing up, South Asian girls may feel more vulnerable because of cultural conflicts with their parents and siblings. SAHARA BETI will provide counselling for girls, develop written and online material and organize public forums to inform and support all family members facing these challenges.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Rainbow’s End Community Development Corporation - Hamilton, ON

Colours Café, at St. Joseph’s Health Care West 5th Campus, not only offers healthy food options to customers, it also provides fulfilling employment for 15 people living with mental illness and serves as a real-life stigma-defying model every day. To support this work, Bell Let’s Talk funding will buy more and better kitchen equipment to enable the café to offer more variety, plus it will be used to buy coffee-cup sleeves that carry an explicit anti-stigma message, raising awareness and keeping the conversation going.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Refuge des Jeunes de Montréal - Montréal, QC

Bell Let's Talk funding supports adding a new counsellor for the day centre which supplements the Refuge’s evening and overnight work to help young men aged 17 to 25 who are homeless and struggling with mental illness and addictions. With this additional resource, who will also liaise with mental health experts at CHUM, Refuge expects to be able to help an additional 60 people a year (10% more than currently) as it bridges the gap between young people in serious distress and the help they need but in many cases don’t know about.

Community Fund Québec 2014

Royal Inland Hospital Foundation - Kamloops, BC

As part of its JUMP (Jubilee Urban Movement and Partners) initiative, the hospital will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support the delivery of 100 2-hour workshops over the next year. Led by experts certified in mental health, life-skills training and art therapies, these workshops will give people with depression of all ages a better idea of what options are available for them to resolve socio-economic, health, self-esteem, family and relationship issues that contribute to their chronic and acute depression.

Community Fund British Columbia 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

Sheena’s Place - Toronto, ON

Sheena's Place offers hope and support to individuals, families and friends affected by eating disorders through a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services. With its Bell Let’s Talk funding, the organization will develop a support program for men, an often-neglected sector of the population when it comes to eating disorders. The program will include weekly support groups and body image workshops as well as a targeted social media awareness campaign and proactive outreach to the gay, bisexual and trans communities.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Stepping Stones Support Services - Bothwell, ON

Stepping Stones works to find employment for more than 700 clients who live on social assistance and who, in many cases, live with mental illnesses. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable them to train their front-line workers to deal more effectively with clients who, in addition to being under-educated and facing substance abuse issues, often have mental illness challenges. This training will ensure that local community staff will be better prepared to look for mental illness issues in their clients and refer them to the appropriate assistance.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton - Hamilton, ON

With its Bell Let’s Talk grant, the Council will provide suicide prevention training to 1,500 first responders in the police, paramedic and fire services. These public servants are often the first to face people who may be suicidal. This training will teach the most appropriate actions to take when suicidal behaviors are a concern, to themselves, their colleagues or the people they serve. It includes advice on starting the conversation about suicide with those who are vulnerable and information on local resources they can tap into.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies (CMS) - Toronto, ON

CMS and St. Joseph's Health Centre have launched an innovative partnership to integrate their mindfulness-based therapy programs so that clients can receive support at either the hospital or CMS. Supported by Bell Let’s Talk funding, the program will enable patients to choose either the hospital or the community clinic to receive treatment. It will also potentially reduce demand on hospital resources and reduce stigma by providing an alternative to hospital outpatient care.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

The Creative Spark - Canmore, AB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support an early intervention project that works to inspire youth to build dreams they can believe in and bolster their emotional strength. Over the course of 3 90-minute sessions, students who are struggling with psychological issues and/or difficult home environments participate in unique hands-on creative activities, each combining at least two mental wellness skills. Working with art and storytelling, students are encouraged to find creative ways to solve real life challenges and develop basic life skills.

Community Fund Prairies 2014