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

775

Community Fund grants

$28 million in funding

Young Canadians

$3.1 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$2.1 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,100 organizations who have supported

4,578,467

Canadians with access to mental health services

$13 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

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Centre d'amitié autochtone du Saguenay - Saguenay, QC

In a region where the suicide rate for First Nations people is 3 to 5 times higher than the rest of the Québec population, the Centre saw the urgent need to develop local clinical health services with a focus on mental health within the well-established Friendship Centre. The Bell Let’s Talk funding will pay the salary of a project manager to develop a clinic that is culturally relevant and reassuring to the population, providing a new resource for at-risk members of the community right at home.

Community Fund Québec 2014

Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Beauce - Beauceville, QC

To enable people with depressive disorders to more effectively manage their own symptoms, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to enhance its L'Envol program, an innovative combination of self-care, professional monitoring and support forums. The program includes a 16-week online component with interactive guides available 24/7, 3 group meetings for peer-to-peer support and telephone follow-ups by specially trained nurses. The program has the potential to expand to reach anyone in the Chaudières Appalache region.

Community Fund Québec 2014

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

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

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

McGill University

A $500,000 donation will help fund the McGill Wellness Portal, a comprehensive self-screening tool focused on the most common mental health issues faced by McGill's students.

Major gifts Québec 2014

Mental Illness Foundation - Montréal, QC

Helping to eliminate stigma through education and awareness, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to pay the salaries of 2 individuals who will deliver the Partners for Life program aimed at preventing depression among youth. In the last 15 years, this program has helped more than 900,000 young people in Québec and the Ottawa area by addressing issues such as dropping out of school and youth suicide and demystifying mental illness in general.

Community Fund Québec 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

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