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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PECH - Québec City, QC

Located in Québec’s inner city, PECH offers services to those with mental health issues complicated by homelessness, criminal activity or addictions. With funding from Bell Let’s Talk, PECH will launch a new group intervention program with a focus on peer support and social diversity. This will enable the organization to reach more people in need and their families.

Community Fund Québec 2015

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta - Red Deer, AB

The Society will use the grant to help launch a series of webcasts to ensure clients and their families who live in rural areas of the province are aware of and have access to the wide range of programs offered to people living with schizophrenia and related disorders, plus their family members. Using Skype, Adobe Connects and other interactive programs, the webcasts will enhance the effectiveness of programs such as peer support, phone support, illness management and family support.

Community Fund Prairies 2015

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk will support the acquisition of a database management system to enable the Society to expand its Ask the Expert (ATE) program to meet demand that has quadrupled in the last 5 years. ATE is Canada's only support line assisting families and individuals living with schizophrenia and psychosis, staffed by counsellors and crisis intervention workers who provide counselling and advice on accessing the proper support. This is especially important for those in rural communities where access to customized services does not exist.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

St. Michael’s Hospital - Toronto, ON

With support from Bell Let’s Talk, the hospital will acquire a comprehensive curriculum of material for its STAR (Supporting Transitions and Recovery) Learning Centre, Canada's first recovery college. This is a new way to support mental health recovery through education rather than traditional health services. STAR is led by individuals with lived experience of mental health issues, aided by mental health professionals, and includes instruction in recovery action planning, applied suicide intervention skills and mental health first aid.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Suicide Prevention Resource Centre - Grande Prairie, AB

The Centre is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to expand its Breakfast Club program for kids from 9-12 to meet demand that has increased significantly in the 3 years since the program was created to serve even younger kids. The Centre will add 2 workshops for young people experiencing conflict or emotional struggles, providing them with better social supports and enabling them to develop better coping skills, self-esteem and the ability to make more healthy choices

Community Fund Prairies 2015

Take A Hike Youth At Risk Foundation - Vancouver, BC

Focused on instilling positive change in the mental health of at-risk youth, Take a Hike (TAH) is an alternative education program that provides a unique combination of academics, therapy, adventure-based learning and community involvement for young people struggling with a wide range of issues such as addiction, low self-esteem, anxiety, attention deficit and depression. Bell Let’s Talk funding supports full-time therapists who are with the participants every day in Vancouver, Trail and Burnaby in the only program of its kind in B.C.

Community Fund British Columbia 2015

The Canadian Mental Health Association, South Cariboo Branch - Williams Lake, BC

The Association will offer free on-site mental health workshops for staff of Cariboo employers in up to 10 communities, including mills, mines, First Nations bands and school districts. This will enable the CMHA to reach a large new audience that often overlooks, misunderstands or lacks access to mental health supports. It will also educate employers on the business benefits of reducing stress in their employee base and increasing productivity by being more engaged in the mental health of their staff, leading to an overall reduction in stigma.

Community Fund British Columbia 2015

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa - Ottawa, ON

The Society will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to establish group sessions in cognitive behavioural therapy for women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. These sessions will target low-income, at-risk women who cannot afford private counselling and include individual counselling as needed. Along with benefits for the women involved, it will also reduce pressure on emergency services by offering support in the community to augment health care services at the Royal Ottawa.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Toronto Rehab Foundation - Toronto, ON

As Canada’s largest centre for adult physical rehabilitation, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to establish Let’s Connect, an early-intervention program to address the mental health challenges of people with spinal cord injury, in particular during the months just prior to and just after discharge when the risk of psychological distress is highest. It will also offer workshops and a webinar to further educate clinicians and the broader public about the specific issues facing these patients.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and Bell announced a gift of $1 million from Bell Let’s Talk to support the new Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre. When it opens in Spring 2017, the Centre will be the largest purpose-built mental health facility in British Columbia and one of the largest in Canada.

Major gifts British Columbia 2015

Victoria Hospitals Foundation - Victoria, BC

Bell Let’s Talk funds will enable 2 physicians to train in a new treatment – repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) – being made available in B.C. for the first time in 2016 through Royal Jubilee Hospital. After training at Harvard University and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, these physicians will share their knowledge with other Island Health physicians and caregivers who will use or refer clients to this novel treatment for depression and hallucinations in patients who don’t respond to psychiatric medications.

Community Fund British Columbia 2015

West Nipissing Suicide Prevention Task Force - Sturgeon Falls, ON

Through Project Hope, the task force will extend its community-based suicide prevention activity into the school systems to decrease stigma, increase awareness and allow people touched by suicide and mental illness to share their experiences. Project Hope will train facilitators in proven programs that give advice on how to talk about suicide and access local resources. It will also organize a large community event in conjunction with a Flame of Hope ceremony to give the issues an even higher public profile.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

YWCA Québec - Québec City, QC

Serving more than 250 women with mental health disorders every year, the YWCA will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding in an additional social worker to enhance the support offered. Among other things, this person will accompany clients to important appointments, arrange activities for the clients and help them maintain their residential stability at the Y or at their permanent lodgings. The staff member will also offer workshops related to mental health to raise awareness of the issues and share knowledge of available resources for help.

Community Fund Québec 2015