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

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

4,578,467

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 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

Find out where the funds go

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Nazareth Community - Montréal, QC

In what could be termed Bell Bucks for Beehives, Bell Let’s Talk funds will enable Nazareth House to purchase 4 beehives as part of its program for 23 resident men struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Along with programs such as yoga, art and music offered by the organization, the beehives will be therapeutic for the men, enabling them to connect with nature through the concrete action of beekeeping. As well, the honey produced by their efforts is a useful marketing tool for the organization.

Community Fund Québec 2015

ALPABEM - Association Lavalloise de Parents et Amis pour le Bien-Être mental - Laval, QC

To more effectively reach people aged 12-25 years in a non-traditional way, ALPABEM will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop a web platform that will feature tools for intervention, general information, psycho-educational exercises, video clips, FAQs and references to other resources. The site will support different means of communication, from Skype and testing to chat and calls. The need is critical since only 38% of young people are assessed or receive intervention for their needs.

Community Fund Québec 2015

Association Bénévole Amitié - Montréal, QC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the Association to hire an educator to help the social integration of its clients. This person will teach hygiene, help clients organize and maintain their homes and will lead group shopping expeditions to teach about nutritional diets and weight control. The educator will also organize beauty days to increase the clients’ self esteem, set up seminars on topics such as quitting smoking and organize an art workshop, the goal of which will be to create a public exhibition that will be therapeutic and raise awareness.

Community Fund Québec 2015

Association canadienne pour la santé mentale, filiale du Bas du Fleuve - Rimouski, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the publication of a new edition of this organization’s mental health kit which contains a wealth of information on troubleshooting, caregiving, crisis accommodations and indeed, all the resources available to those who need help in the region. Funds would be used to hire a person to update the information and to print 10,000 additional copies of the kit, along with 80,000 cards to spread awareness of the organization and its role in connecting people with the help they need.

Community Fund Québec 2015

Atlantic Wellness Community Center (AWCC) - Riverview, NB

To support its youth-focused mental health strategy, the AWCC will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant to enhance its Open Doors project, adding 750 clinical hours at the center, enabling more early intervention. The center assumes the role of case manager and provides a full-service treatment plan for youths and their families, enabling them to get help more quickly and more effectively to prevent or reduce the personal, social and financial burdens of mental illness.

Community Fund Atlantic 2015

Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch - Barrie, ON

Bell Let’s Talk supports the CARE Project which provides crisis intervention services to clients who experience serious and persistent mental illness, dual diagnoses and concurrent disorders. In addition to short-term intensive case management, the project will also develop and distribute wellness kits that include information on customized coping strategies and information on various services in the community to supplement the efforts of a staff member who, among other things, will ride along with police on Mental Health Act calls.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver Fraser Branch - Vancouver, BC

Bell Let’s Talk supports an early intervention program for teens whose parents have a serious mental illness, providing them with the coping skills to help them to affirm themselves despite their challenges at home. The teens participate in recreation-based programming for 12 months, including activities such as snowboarding, horseback riding and swimming, all of which enable the young people to avoid social isolation, develop strong friendships and build resilience that significantly reduces the risk of developing mental illness themselves.

Community Fund British Columbia 2015

Canadian Mental Health Association, Winnipeg - Winnipeg, MB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable CMHA to bring its flagship program – Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health – to Manitoba for the first time, complete with material adapted to address the unique concerns of the indigenous population. Bounce Back teaches cognitive behavioural therapy skills to people with low-to-moderate depression and anxiety, better equipping them to achieve their own life goals. The launch of the program in Manitoba also gives primary care providers a much-needed treatment option for an underserved population.

Community Fund Prairies 2015

Carrefour jeunesse-emploi d'Abitibi-Est - Val D’Or, QC

To further their work in supporting young people aged 16-35 in returning to school or finding work, this organization will invest its Bell Let’s Talk grant in another staff member. The organization helps with job searches, teaches youth entrepreneurship and supports new immigrants, improving their quality of life and reducing the stress of mental health and social integration issues. This new staff person will work directly with each client, ensuring his or her needs are met, and will advocate for the clients among the various community resources.

Community Fund Québec 2015

Centre périnatal Le Berceau - Beloeil, QC

In its work to support new parents and combat post-partum depression and other mental health issues that can arise from giving birth, the Centre’s Cradle program offers a variety of services from prenatal classes to breast-feeding support. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a new pilot program that provides free group support for mothers and families, providing three 15-week sessions a year that include guest speakers, mother/baby bonding exercises and group meetings for peer support.

Community Fund Québec 2015

Centre St-Pierre - Montréal, QC

The Centre has been training and intervening for groups and individuals for 40 years and will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant in a project that aims to increase access to psychotherapy services in the Montreal area. The donation will help Centre St-Pierre to increase the number of people who receive psychotherapy services at a reduced rate based on their income to increase from 400 to 475 people per year. Being located in the Centre-Sud area of Montreal, Centre St-Pierre is reminded each day of the links between poverty, social isolation and psychological suffering. While demand for psychological assistance is growing, the services offered through the public system have been declining for a number of years.

Community Fund Québec 2015

Children’s Health Foundation - London, ON

To address long wait lists for children and adolescents experiencing mental health issues, Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the Foundation’s Wait List Project which intends to continue to pilot, evaluate and implement new ways to reduce wait times. In the last year, the project has cut the average wait time from more than a year to less than 6 months but with further innovation, leaders believe they can make even more changes to enable more youth to get faster access to care as well as help other organizations make similar advances in their communities.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

CHU Sainte-Justine

CHU Sainte-Justine and Bell announced a gift of $500,000 from Bell Let’s Talk to support Québec’s first Integrated Mother-Child Centre for Eating Disorders.

Major gifts Québec 2015

CIPTO-LAB (Centre d'intervention et prévention en toxicomanie, point de service le LAB) - Gatineau, QC

LAB uses art as an intervention method to reach marginalized youth (16-30 years old) and encourage their participation in treatment for mental health issues and addictions. Bell Let’s Talk funding would support a project in which clients would work together in workshops to create 6 works of art, each on a different mental health theme. The art will then be the centrepiece of a community event to raise awareness and funds.

Community Fund Québec 2015

East Hants Family Resource Centre - Elmsdale, NS

The East Hants Family Resource Centre will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant for a mental health support program for expectant and new moms. The funds would provide facilitation by a public health nurse and childcare for a 6-night prenatal program for women, including healthy meals and small giveaways such as baby blankets and diapers. The program will cover healthy relationships, addictions, mental health, breastfeeding support, comfort measures in labour and community supports as well as a Moms Mental Health Kit.

Community Fund Atlantic 2015