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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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

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Bell Let’s Talk and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre announced a new partnership in support of youth mental health – the $1 million Bell Canada Chair in Adolescent Mood & Anxiety Disorders.

Major gifts 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

The Peer Project – Youth Assisting Youth - Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable this organization to expand its One-to-One Mentoring Program to the high needs community of Scarborough, through the focused work of a team that includes a staff social worker, a parent support worker and a volunteer recruiter. This will enable, among other things, more training for youth volunteers and a stepped-up intake and assessment process in which a social worker will visit each child’s home and provide families with referrals to specialized resources.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Toronto Public Library Foundation - Toronto, ON

In an effort to reduce stigma and improve access to care for library users, Toronto Public Health, Streets to Homes and the Toronto Public Library operate an outreach project that enables professional health providers and social workers to directly connect with these individuals in the library. Our Bell Let's Talk community funding will support a public health nurse to proactively engage with people who may be affected by mental health issues and to work with staff in the Toronto Reference / Yorkville library who often need guidance in responding effectively to patrons at risk.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Trillium Health Partners Foundation - Mississauga, ON

Clinicians in the hospitals’ Mental Health Adolescent Program treat more than 900 young people a year. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the Foundation to train 10 full-time and 2 part-time staff in a proven form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. The therapy provides patients with strategies to improve their social functioning and effectively manage their tendencies to harm themselves or attempt suicide. The therapy has also proven to reduce burnout among staff.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Université de Montréal

A $500,000 donation will be used to implement a number of new initiatives to support students experiencing stressful situations or suffering from anxiety or a mood disorder. For example, new group sessions will focus on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for greater emotional stability. A proven and effective approach, it will be offered at UdeM's Centre de santé et de consultation psychologique to all campus students, including those at HEC Montréal and the École Polytechnique.

Major gifts Québec 2014

Université Laval Foundation

A $225,000 contribution from Bell Let’s Talk supports a new program that will help students who experience mental health issues.

Major gifts Québec 2014

University of Alberta - Edmonton, AB

With a vision to create an online hub for student mental health, the University will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to help transform its current network of mental health and student service websites into an outstanding interactive resource base that will provide better service and foster a more supportive campus community. The hub – designed with student input to ensure its relevance – will feature self-help resources, toolkits and information about mental health and wellness, platforms for de-stigmatization and other campaigns.

Community Fund Prairies 2014

University of Victoria - Victoria, BC

Recognizing the unique nature of First Nations cultures, the University is working to adapt the successful anti-bullying program, WITS (Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help), so that it is sensitive and relevant to Aboriginal youth. Bell Let’s Talk funds will help the University engage 30 First Nations communities in creating and piloting modified training modules and resource materials as well as ensuring the WITS website accurately reflects First Nations traditions.

Community Fund British Columbia 2014

Urban Pardes - Montréal, QC

Urban Pardes develops educational and social integration programs for those living with mental illness. A founding partner of the Au Contraire Film Festival, which screens movies designed to change perceptions about mental health, Urban Pardes also pioneered a travelling program, taking those films to high schools in the Montréal area. With funding from Bell Let’s Talk, Urban Pardes will extend its travelling program, raising awareness of mental health issues and stigma in Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières and Québec City.

Community Fund Québec 2014

Wapikoni Mobile - Montréal, QC

Named in memory of a young Atikamekw anti-suicide activist, Wapikoni Mobile travels across Québec offering support for Aboriginal youth at risk through workshops that enable them to find their voice through film and music. Its mobile studio has toured 25 remote communities, enabling 3,000 young people to produce more than 600 short films and more than 450 songs, many of which won awards. With the Bell Let’s Talk funds, Wapikoni will extend its workshops – which include a screening of the productions for the whole town – to 4 more communities.

Community Fund Québec 2014

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health - Penetanguishene, ON

Waypoint will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support its new Integrated Concurrent Disorders Service which addresses the overwhelming demand for treatment for individuals who have both mental illness and substance use disorders. The program will include regional workshops in Orillia and Barrie, plus training for Waypoint allied staff and the development of an e-learning portal to provide online access to information and support.

Community Fund Ontario 2014