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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Fondation Santé Nicolet-Bécancour-Yamaska – Nicolet, QC

With Bell Let’s Talk funding and the collaboration of the renowned Douglas Mental Health Institute , the Foundation is supporting a new peer support person, someone who has experienced mental health challenges and who is able to mentor others in overcoming their issues. This person will also be a key liaison among health agencies in the local service network ensuring that the resources of all partners and community organizations in the territory are available to those who need them.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Le Havre, groupe d’aide et d’entraide en santé mentale – Thetford Mines, QC

Many people suffering from mental disorders in the MRC des Appalaches need support to develop skills that will enable them to once again be part of the labour market. To address this, Le Havre is augmenting its existing services with a Bell Let’s Talk-funded project that is enabling participants to design, create and sell a range of handicrafts. This enables them to develop or re-discover basic skills, plus learn new interpersonal, business and marketing skills and acquire more self-esteem as their products find success in the market.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Le Rebond, an alternative mental health resource in the La Petite-Patrie neighbourhood - Montréal, QC

The front-line service and community support project, Accueil et soutien communautaire, will provide an individualized plan for people with mental health problems within the Petite-Patrie/Villeray district. This joint initiative is based on the active participation of certain Le Rebond members who will provide attentive, hands-on support and referrals to each and every person the organization assists. Thanks to the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund, these members will receive appropriate training to acquire the skills to ensure that the project runs smoothly. A network of partnerships with other organizations will be developed to facilitate access to the resources required to meet individual needs (health, lodging, employment, civic engagement, etc.). Internet access will further facilitate their efforts. In the first year, this initiative hopes to reach 350 people.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Les Impatients - Montréal, QC

Thanks to the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund, Les Impatients will finally be able to open an art workshop dedicated to people with mental health issues in Sorel, with additional support from the Fondation Hôtel-Dieu de Sorel. Bell's generous donation gives the project stability by ensuring its sustainability for two years. This makes a huge difference in starting up a workshop. In addition to helping direct participants, the support from the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund gives the Sorel community the opportunity to rally around the shared goal of helping people with mental health problems and creating beauty. The Les Impatients organization has been fulfilling its mission of providing support, through artistic expression, to people with mental health issues for the past 25 years.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Logis Rose-Virginie - Montréal, QC

Support from the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund for specialized training will have a significant impact on the ongoing skills development of Logis Rose-Virginie representatives. The program provided by Institut Victoria over a three-year period aims to better equip representatives dealing with personality disorders and improve their therapeutic interventions with those suffering from mental illness, which is a major issue among the homeless clientele.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Point de Rue – Trois-Rivières, QC

This Bell Let’s Talk grant is enabling this organization to fund an outreach street worker to better access homeless people in the city who also have a range of mental disorders. These people are often unwilling or unable to proactively make use of the resources available in Trois-Rivières and must be guided into supportive situations such as Point de Rue’s soup kitchen or the more specialized services of a psychiatric team that is partnered with the program.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Relief - Montréal, QC

Pursuing its mission of helping people with anxiety, depression or bipolar disorders and their families, Relief (formerly known as Revivre) has designed self-care workshops that are now available in eight regions of Québec. These workshops, considered by many to be true social innovations, aim to help people regain control of their health. The Bell Let's Talk Community Fund grant will be used to train workers and professionals who work for mental health non-profit organizations. They will subsequently be able to offer the J'avance! self-care workshops in their region. That's two more regions whose populations will have access to the workshops, for a total of 10 regions served in Québec. Support from Bell Let's Talk will help Relief achieve two milestones: the 2,000th participant in the workshops and the 25th city served – all coinciding with the organization's 25th anniversary.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Service d’Intégration au Travail de la Mauricie – Trois-Rivières, QC

Currently the organization provides employment opportunities for 200 people living with mental illness in the Mauricie region, largely through recovery and recycling of metals and the manufacture and sale of stained glass. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the hiring of an additional social worker to increase the number of job opportunities on offer and to augment the number of partner companies who will provide places for clients to re-integrate into the community.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Tel-Aide - Montréal, QC

Tel-Aide provides a free telephone listening service that is confidential and anonymous, in English and French, 24/7. Over the past 45 years, Tel-Aide listeners, all volunteers, have responded to more than one million calls from people in distress having a need to talk confidentially. A lack of funding has rendered the tools completely obsolete and Bell’s funding will help modernize the telephone equipment and make a significant improvement for volunteer listeners who are listening day and night.

Community Fund Québec 2016

Tel-Aide Outaouais – Gatineau, QC

The volunteers who staff this help line answer 8.033 calls a year, providing information and referrals to francophones in the Ottawa-Gatineau region for 16 hours a day, 365 days a year. To address an apparent rise in anxiety disorders among young adults, the organization is using Bell Let’s Talk funding for outreach, specifically to offer 60 staff members at the Centre Nouvel-Horizon and Centre l’Escale training in detection and early intervention for young adults mental health.

Community Fund Québec 2016

VALPABEM – Val d’Or

This organization works to co-ordinate treatment for those with mental disorders and support for their family caregivers. This Bell Let’s Talk grant will fund workshops for young children plus offering the parents their own workshops with advice and information on the disorder at the same time and place so that both child and parent are learning the same strategies simultaneously. 

Community Fund Québec 2016