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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AGIR en santé mentale – Québec

Thanks in part to Bell Let’s Talk funding, this organization – an umbrella group of 37 agencies across Québec – will offer 15 of its member organizations training in EMILIA (Empowerment of Mental Illness Service users through Life-long learning and Integration Action). As a result, significantly more people will have both theoretical and hands-on training in fighting stigma and creating support networks at the community level, based on a new model of learning already adopted in a dozen other countries.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Ami-Québec - Montréal, QC

The program supported by the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund includes 10 workshops to enhance caregivers' resilience. Face-to-face workshops allow caregivers to share their experiences and experiment with new skills and strategies. Despite the abundance of information available nowadays, face-to-face contact and discussion remain an effective way to learn. The improvement of skills and acquisition of knowledge are expected to alleviate some of the burden caregivers experience.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Artbeat Studio Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

Artbeat provides free studio and gallery space with mentorship, to promote recovery and empowerment through artistic expression for people with mental illness. With the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant, Artbeat Studio will expand its current residency program by implementing performing and literary arts and promotion of poets throughout Northern and rural Manitoba. Artbeat’s music program providing live performances and career opportunities in a supportive environment will also be expanded.

Community Fund Prairies 2016

Artists in Healthcare Manitoba – Selkirk, MB

To further expand its highly successful art and music programs at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre, Artists in Healthcare will use its Bell Let's Talk Community Fund grant to support a dance/movement therapist and expansion of the music and art mentorship program.

Community Fund Prairies 2016

Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale (AQRP) – Québec City, QC

To address a gap in support for people who hear voices, the AQRP will earmark Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop and disseminate two-day training sessions for those who deal with those so challenged. The aim is to train trainers to reach out to as many as 24 more groups across the province. As well, the Association, which has about 400 corporate members, plans to organize a plenary conference to raise awareness of the plight of those who hear voices.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Big Brother Big Sisters of South West Durham – Pickering, ON

With the support of Bell Let’s Talk, this organization will hire a social worker to develop and deliver 10 distinct training sessions for frontline mentors whose mandate is to facilitate positive mental health in the children the agency serves. The training will emphasize topics such as identifying early signs/symptoms of mental illness, reducing stigma, coping skills, positive personal development and community resources.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Canadian Bipolar Association – North Vancouver, BC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the Association to provide training to more peer supporters throughout the province, putting them through a rigorous 2-month course to learn communications and problem-solving techniques and effective coping strategies with which they can help other clients better balance their wellness and improve their methods of self-management.

Community Fund British Columbia 2016

Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region – Calgary, AB

CMHA Calgary plans to use Bell Let’s Talk funding to help launch a Peer Support Navigator network to address its growing and increasingly complex intake workload. The Peer Support Navigators, people living successfully with mental illness, can quickly connect with underserved and disconnected individuals, using their own experience to establish trust, and their knowledge of the healthcare supports available to guide those in need to the most effective recovery path. This also builds self-confidence among the Navigators.

Community Fund Prairies 2016

Canadian Mental Health Association – Thunder Bay Branch – Thunder Bay, ON

CMHA Thunder Bay will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to implement the next step in their adoption of the Coaching Outside the Box model for staff and administration so they can better serve their 500 clients. Specifically, the grant will enable the organization to train 10 employees in this model, a proven method of improving overall communication and the ability to resolve conflicts, thus enhancing team dynamics by focusing on accountability and solutions.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Canadian Red Cross

A $150,000 donation from Bell Let's Talk will see the Canadian Red Cross will incorporate mental health programming into its standard first aid training and launch a new Canadian Red Cross program focused on training first responders to look beyond physical symptoms and evaluate emotional well-being following an emergency such as a natural disaster.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2016

Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) – National

CRE builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth aged 14 to 29 through exchanges, conferences, workshops and leadership training programs. Bell Let’s Talk funding will cover Mental Health first Aid training costs for 25 youth leaders of CRE’s national Youth Reconciliation Initiative that they will then deliver in 11 workshops across the country including to remote and fly-in First Nations communities and to 250 participants at the organization’s annual national conference in Winnipeg.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

CDFM huron-wendat – Wendake, QC

CDFM is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop a comprehensive and sustained wellness and prevention program to supplement the psycho-educational services it offers to francophone First Nations students. The focus is on equipping clients with the skills to take care of themselves and their families and to provide them the information they need to recognize the signs of mental illness and where and how to ask for help.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Centre de prévention du suicide 02 – Chicoutimi, QC

Since the suicide rate of men is 4 times that of women, this Bell Let’s Talk-funded program focuses on supporting men in relationship crisis who are particularly vulnerable in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and the Chapais-Chibougamau regions. The organization’s staff and volunteers will emphasize defusing the crisis and providing follow-up counselling, enabling the men to develop new personal and social skills as well as the willingness to seek assistance.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Centre de Rétablissement le Renfort – Alma, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable this group to add a staff person to focus on enhancing its program to improve the self-management of depression. This person will spearhead workshops in each of the three regions covered by the Centre to address key self-care issues such as anxiety, depression, bi-polarity and self-esteem. Overall, the Centre provides transitional housing and crisis beds, family support and help with integration into society and job placement.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Centretien de Nicolet et Régions – Nicolet, QC

In an initiative to both help people with mental illness develop their potential and raise awareness in the general public, this organization is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to launch a program in which participants explore their mental illness experience through photography. The public exhibit they prepare will be educational for them and help them gain insight into their own challenges. Plus, the exhibit will be an ongoing outreach tool to open up the conversation about mental health with the larger community.

Community Fund Québec 2016