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

1,000

Community Fund grants

$32 million in funding

Young Canadians

$3.9 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$2.4 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

$17 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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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

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

Eastman Safety Training Centre – Steinbach, MB

The Centre, which offers corporate and community first aid and safety training, will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to launch the first free Mental Health First Aid training classes in southeast Manitoba.

Community Fund Prairies 2016

Fort McMurray Public School District #2833 – Fort McMurray, AB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a program to provide mental health training in schools in the district. Specifically, it will provide basic training in cognitive behaviour therapy and implementation of the FRIENDS program to more than a dozen school counsellors and classroom teachers. The grant will also enable the District to train secondary school students in peer mentorship.

Community Fund Prairies 2016

Inspire Community Outreach Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

Inspire works with youth to build their skills and confidence through a variety of programs including therapeutic self expression, cooking and physical activity. With the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant, the organization will be able to offer 8 creative expression classes to 4 different populations of youth facing or at-risk for developing mental health challenges. They will work with children and teens who participate in Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, VOICES Manitoba Youth in Care, the Winnipeg School Division and Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba.

Community Fund Prairies 2016

Jewish Child and Family Service – Winnipeg, MB

This agency serves many clients with various mental health differences who, while living on their own, would benefit from learning and expanding their skills with daily tasks such as grocery shopping and taking transit. The Bell Let’s Talk community Fund grant will enable the program to hire a mental health community support worker who will provide one-on-one support for those individuals by reaching out to serve them in their homes or in the community, wherever the need is greatest.

Community Fund Prairies 2016

Manitoba Schizophrenia Society – Winnipeg, MB

After successfully piloting a program to address the needs of people who hear voices in their heads – a common symptom of schizophrenia – the Society will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to extend its Voice Hearers Support Program. This includes three 10-week sessions to help hearers learn coping strategies and a bi-weekly support group to break down the isolation these individuals often feel.

Community Fund Prairies 2016

Siloam Mission – Winnipeg, MB

Siloam Mission's programs assist clients to move forward in their lives through goal setting, weekly meetings and other support. The Mission’s emergency services keep people alive and their transition services help people live up to their potential by supporting their access to mental health resources. They will use the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to train front line support staff and select members of the volunteer and client community to assist these individuals, of which there are about 135 on the caseload at any given time.

Community Fund Prairies 2016

The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords – North Battleford, SK

The Lighthouse serves approximately 500 vulnerable people a year, providing emergency shelter, transitional suites and a community kitchen. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a new Aboriginal Peer Support Worker who will guide individuals through the process of staying at the shelter and finding the right mental health support, as well as working with other community organizations to co-ordinate effective mental health care and recovery beyond the shelter.

Community Fund Prairies 2016

UNITY Charity – Northern Alberta

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the Northern Alberta First Nation Express Your Stress Arts Educational Program. This is a series of school-based programs focused on mental health messaging, specifically on anxiety, depression, awareness, and stigma. The 10-day program will be in schools and community spaces in Fort McMurray, Janvier, Anzac, Fort Chipewyan and Fort McKay. It will target young people from 10 to 18 years old with a 2-day program in each community, including school assembles and artistic development workshops.

Community Fund Prairies 2016