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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Équipe La Petite Rencontre - Val-d’Or, QC

To provide a creative outlet for people suffering from high levels of anxiety, Bell’s funding will support art therapy workshops unique to the Val-d’Or area. The 15-week workshops will be taught by professional artists and will enable 20 people to express themselves in variety of media, from singing, dancing and painting to engraving and sculpture. The workshops will culminate in a public exhibition and mini-show to further dispel the stigma too often associated with mental disorders.

Community Fund Québec 2014

First Peoples Innovation Centre - Gatineau, QC

In the face of epidemic substance abuse among young First Nations’ people, and the related mental health issues, the Centre is launching the Roots Movement, a pilot project to revive self esteem among teens in Manawan. Studies show that almost 80% of Manawan youths under 16 had consumed alcohol in the last year, and almost 90% of those had been binge drinking. Bell’s funding will support the program which focuses on youth aged 9 to 16, providing coaching in healthier living habits and reconnecting them to their heritage knowledge base, language and culture.

Community Fund Québec 2014

Fondation Hôpital Pierre-Boucher - Longueuil, QC

Bell’s funding will enable the hospital to add a new person to the care team – a peer supporter. This is someone who is living with a mental disorder and who, because he or she has overcome the illness, serves as a model of hope and inspiration for individuals and families served by the hospital. As someone with firsthand experience, this person will also provide authentic support and information and will ensure the full participation of the people affected in the choice of treatments.

Community Fund Québec 2014

Government of Alberta

Joint initiative to enhance mental health services for children and youth throughout the province, especially those in rural and remote communities, with a single online access point to mental health information and care.

Major gifts Prairies 2014

Hawkesbury & District General Hospital Foundation - Hawkesbury, ON

In an initiative to reduce the waiting list for psychiatric services at the hospital, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to deploying Beating the Blues software. This computer and multi-media technology enables patients feeling stressed, anxious or depressed to access online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions where they can learn strategies to help them better cope in the short term. The Foundation estimates Beat the Blues will reduce the waiting list for therapists by 16%.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Kids Help Phone

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kids Help Phone, Bell and Kids Help Phone announced the largest-ever corporate donation in the organization’s history. Totalling $2.5 million, Bell’s gift to Kids Help Phone will enable innovative new technology initiatives to support the mental health and well-being of young people across Canada.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services Incorporated - Waterloo Region, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support Temper Taming Together, a program focused on providing parents and children with skills and strategies to better regulate their emotions and improve parent-child attachment. Stronger family relationships have been shown to foster more positive developmental outcomes, including better mental health. The program addresses many mental health challenges, including impulse control, anxiety and attention deficit disorder.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

L’Autre Rive - Sherbrooke, QC

To reduce or eliminate the waiting list for its services to those suffering from anxiety issues, L’Autre Rive will revamp its welcome and orientation service with its funding from Bell Let’s Talk. This includes offering additional and more timely individual assessment meetings, establishing a group that coaches members on self-help strategies over a 7-week period, and organizing support groups that enable participants to interact with others who share their issues in a safe and trusting environment.

Community Fund Québec 2014

La Fondation du Refuge pour femmes Chez Doris Inc. - Montréal, QC

To expand its day shelter services for women, many of whom are homeless, Chez Doris will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to open a mental health clinic to guide its clients to the appropriate treatment. The shelter will hire a part-time psychiatric nurse – to complement the visiting psychiatrist – who will give hands-on advice to women who need mental health services. This person will also provide ongoing teaching about mental illness to the organization’s caregivers, enabling them to more effectively help clients and reduce the risk of burnout.

Community Fund Québec 2014

La Maison du Goéland - St-Constant, QC

To extend their assessment services, social integration and clinical support programs to people who cannot attend day-time workshops or support groups, La Maison will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to add evening workshops of its On the Road to My Recovery program 3 times a week. This proven, strength-based recovery approach, comprising 10 weeks of sessions, is highly effective in helping people with mental illnesses to plan and achieve their personal goals.

Community Fund Québec 2014

Le Rappel - Saint-Georges, QC

To augment its existing efforts to help people reintegrate into the workplace, Le Rappel – which supports people with various personality and anxiety disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – will use funding from Bell Let's Talk to hire a person to proactively work with employers. By networking to develop contacts and business relationships, this person will be better positioned for early intervention to prevent job loss due to mental health issues and to ease reintegration socially and professionally after treatment.

Community Fund Québec 2014

Les Amis de la santé mentale - Dorval, QC

Family and friends of people with severe mental illness are the focus of the work of Les Amis. Those close to the affected individuals come to Les Amis for help in coping with the myriad issues that can arise, from stress and fatigue to family dynamics and financial considerations. With funding from Bell Let’s Talk, Les Amis will hire an additional counsellor who will be able to assist another 110 families – 450 people – in an average year.

Community Fund Québec 2014

LOFT Community Services - York Region, ON

LOFT will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to increase housing and assisted living services for at-risk and homeless seniors with mental health and addiction issues in 6 northern communities of York Region. The funds will help provide low-income seniors with affordable housing, recreational activities and psycho-geriatric support to prevent unnecessary hospitalization and postpone institutionalized care. LOFT serves about 1,400 clients a year through its housing and support services and Mobile Support Teams.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

London Health Sciences Foundation - London, ON

Many people living with mental health issues are challenged to afford the day-to-day expenses they face to get their treatment, everything from bus tickets and taxi vouchers, to parking, meal costs, and paying for someone to watch the children while the parent is in treatment. The Foundation’s Mental Health Patient Assistance Program, supported by Bell Let’s Talk funding, addresses those needs in order to ensure patients can afford to continue their therapy without financial hardship.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Maison Lyse-Beauchamp - Mont-Laurier, QC

Seeking a non-traditional approach to reintegrate people into society, Maison Lyse-Beauchamp focuses on an individual’s strengths and capabilities rather than his or her illness. As well as offering temporary housing and ongoing coaching and support for those with mental illnesses and harmful addictions, the organization operates L’Envolée, a social reintegration project that uses internships and specialized expert coaching. The Bell Let's Talk funding will support those coaches who offer training in a variety of skills, from cooking to hotel work.

Community Fund Québec 2014