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

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

4,578,467

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 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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Addiction and Mental Health Services Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington – Kingston, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the training of 6 trainers who will in turn train about 200 others in a series of courses on suicide prevention and support for families of those with mental health challenges. In addition, the grant will enable the organization to add new material to its community-access resource library as well as other material for distribution throughout the community, creating long-term support for years to come.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Arviat – Hamlet of Arviat, NU

Bell Let's Talk Community funding will support mental health first aid training for staff and volunteers, and the subsequent development of a peer support program (including materials, youth committee honoraria, meeting support, etc.) in connection with the community’s Youth Drop-In Centre for Inuit which opened last year in a newly-renovated, fully staffed building.

Community Fund Territories 2017

Association d'entraide pour la santé mentale «La Passerelle» – New Richmond, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the Association’s collective gardens project which enables a dozen participants to benefit from the therapeutic power of gardening. Each year since 2001, the gardens have given people living with mental health issues the chance to learn new skills and literally enjoy the fruits of their labour as they harvest their crops – grown on donated land – for the us of themselves and their families, reducing stigma and feelings of being marginalized.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Atlantic Wellness Community Centre, Inc. – Riverview, NB

Since opening in 2012, the Centre has provided free and timely mental health care and crisis intervention to more than 1,000 youth and their families, with about 10 new referrals coming through the door each week. With the Bell Let’s Talk grant, the Centre will be able to provide an additional 1,500 hours of free mental health service for youth and young adults aged 12-21, 900 more hours at the Centre’s facility and 600 additional outreach hours in communities across south-eastern New Brunswick.

Community Fund Atlantic 2017

Barre du jour – St-Gervais, QC

Dedicated to accompanying people with mental health challenges on their journey to recovery, Barre du jour will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to develop a working platform to promote the participation and reintegration of clients into the workforce, including establishing employment contracts that enable them to maintain and strengthen their autonomy by improving work-related skills.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Brigadoon Village – Halifax, NS

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the operation of this unique camp and recreational facility in the Annapolis Valley where children with chronic illness, special needs and other health challenges can enjoy a traditional sleep-away camp where they can feel ordinary. Each summer, more than 500 kids get a much-needed break from the health care system where they have spent much of their lives.

Community Fund Atlantic 2017

Brockville General Hospital Foundation – Brockville, ON

As part of its recreation therapy program for in-patients, the hospital will use Bell Let’s Talk Community funds to launch a music therapy initiative. The grant will cover the cost of a musical therapy specialist as well as equipment that the recreation therapist can use at any time. Staff asked for the new program after seeing that music had a calming effect on patients undergoing therapy.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Calgary Counselling Centre – Calgary, AB

With the support of Bell Let’s Talk, the Centre will be able to add 816 new client counselling sessions under its Urgent Access for Depressed Youth program for depressed youth aged 13-25. Specifically, the funding will support an additional full-time staff person for a year.

Community Fund Prairies 2017

Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND) at St. Michael's Hospital – Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funds will support CAN-BIND’s Indigenous program which has a long-term goal of reducing substance abuse and suicide among the youth of the Whitefish River First Nation. A factor in the program is addressing mental health challenges in concert with social support and cultural resilience in a community-based program. A major part of the grant will go toward training community members in suicide prevention.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Cancer Society – Toronto, ON

To address the reality that cancer patients experience higher than normal mental health issues, the Society will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to enhance its mental health training for staff and volunteers to ensure they are sensitive to all the needs of the clients. It will also launch a new online matching system that will enable people living with cancer to get peer support by phone or online from a trained volunteer who has experienced similar health challenges.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Mental Health Association, Halton Region Branch – Milton, ON

This Association will leverage Bell Let’s Talk funding to establish a free walk-in counselling service 4 days a week in 3 communities in the region. Counsellors will provide clients aged 16 and up with one-on-one sessions, no appointment necessary, covering a variety of issues from family violence, depression, anxiety and sexual orientation. Counsellors will also be trained to refer clients to the appropriate local resources for ongoing support.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch – Windsor, ON

To address a long wait list, the branch will use its Bell Let's Talk grant for a new Bounce Back program. This is a skill-building program for adults experiencing low mood or stress, offering self-help through an instructional video on DVD or online with practical tips on dealing with depressive symptoms, plus a series of workbooks supported by telephone coaching. The aim is to reach 150 clients a year, offering access to the service within 5 days.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Centre d'Entraide aux Rayons du Soleil Inc. – Shawinigan, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support this organization’s day centre, a place where people with mental health challenges can drop in for help, companionship or just a cup of coffee, creating an environment where distressed people can feel safe and protected. Working with all private and community organizations, the Centre refers clients to the appropriate support service and accompanies them when necessary. It is the only such facility in the community.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Centre d'entraide Émotions – Québec, QC

The Centre focuses on enabling people to express difficult or stressful emotions through art. It will invest Bell Let’s Talk funds in new equipment and training for facilitators of workshops that enable those suffering from mental health challenges to express their inner selves creatively in a safe space, culminating in a large end-of-year exhibition of the art that is open to the public, thus building pride in their achievements.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Centre de prévention du suicide Côte-Nord – Baie-Comeau, QC

As the only suicide-prevention organization in the region, the Centre will use Bell funding to expand its Sentinel Training program which delivers courses on how to recognize and help potential suicide victims. The funding will support travel and related expenses of delivering the free program throughout the district, with the expectation that each new Sentinel will have a direct impact on about 30 other people in the community.

Community Fund Québec 2017