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. Click here for more information.

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. For more information, click here.

Small action. Big impact.

1,168,302,700

Total number of interactions

$108,415,135

committed

to mental health initiatives

775

Community Fund grants

$20.8 million in funding

Children & Youth

$2.7 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 over

3,806,409

Canadians with access to mental health services

$13 million

in Community Fund grants

2,312,193

crisis and distress

line users

1,739,136

children & youth reached

792,363

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,455,078

trained staff and volunteers

19,376

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

83%

of Canadians reported believing attitudes about mental illness have changed for the better

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2020

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