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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Centre de prévention du suicide de Malartic – Malartic, QC

The Centre will use Bell funding to increase its focus on workplace suicide prevention, creating material for, promoting and covering expenses of workshops held in a variety of workplaces to train a network of Sentinels who are well versed in the signs of potential suicide and how to deal with people exhibiting them.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Centre de soir Denise-Massé – Montréal, QC

The Centre will use the Bell Let’s Talk funding to quadruple the impact of its collective kitchen workshops, growing to offer the experience to 24 people living with mental health challenges every month. Participants learn to cook simple, nutritious meals at an affordable price in a communal setting, reflecting their income levels, creating social links to break their isolation and restoring a sense of pride, autonomy and self-confidence. The workshops will occur during the evening, when most of other resources are not available.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Centre prévention suicide le Faubourg – St-Jérôme, QC

Focused on preventing suicide in the Laurentians region, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to enhance its 24/7 crisis response ability. Specifically, the grant will support additional resources for the suicide prevention hotline which is now at or near the limits of its functionality, with 8,000 to 10,000 calls a year.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Children's Mental Health Ontario – Toronto, ON

Children's Mental Health Ontario represents Ontario's publicly-funded Child and Youth Mental Health Centres. With the help of Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will expand the training of staff and volunteers in suicide first aid using the safeTALK program. They will also conduct a workshop for their province-wide Youth Action Committee and travel to 10 partner organizations. In all the program will see 250 people trained directly with another 750 being indirectly impacted.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Choices for Youth – St. John’s, NL

Choices for Youth (CFY) serves at-risk and homeless youth (16-29 years old) in the St. John's metro region by addressing everything from meeting basic shelter to counselling to enable integration into the wider community. BLT funding will support the Man to Man mental health peer support group, a facilitated mental health group for male-identifying youth who have mental health and/or substance abuse issues that, over 38 weeks, will address emotional intelligence and self awareness skills while building community in a group of 15 youths.

Community Fund Atlantic 2017

Christie Lake Kids – Ottawa, ON

Christie Lake Kids provides economically disadvantaged children, many of whom also suffer from mental health challenges, with quality year-round skills programming. With its Bell Let’s Talk grant, the organization will implement new mental health training for its staff and volunteers to accommodate a growing need both in year-round programs and at Christie Lake Camp using the Collaborative Problem Solving model for providing support to children and youth with social, emotional and behavioural challenges.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

CISSS de Lanaudière

$300,000 donation to Fondation pour la Santé du Nord and Fondation Santé Sud de Lanaudière matched by the Québec government. Funding will support improved access to care for clients dealing with mental health challenges.

Major gifts Québec 2017

CMHA Central Region Inc. – Portage la Prairie, MB

To meet the evolving needs of its clients, CMHA Central will use the BLT funds to repurpose its drop-in space into the Thrive Learning Centre, an educational resource for mental health service users, their families, friends, and members of the community. The idea is to deliver a curriculum geared to promoting mental health literacy and skill development for those with mental health issues and their families.

Community Fund Prairies 2017

Dr Clown Foundation – Montréal, QC

For the past 15 years, the foundation has provided professional artists to visit children with various illnesses and conditions. The Dr Clown Foundation will use the Bell Community Fund grant to develop the expertise of its 31 therapeutic clowns on mental health. This grant will offer training focused on specific issues and, with the collaboration of medical staff and psycho-social workers, the artists will learn to adapt their interventions to the specific needs of children visited. This represents the first part of an entirely new program specialized in mental health.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Embrace Life Council

Bell Let’s Talk and Northwestel donate $250,000 for a new mental health program to be delivered by Nunavut’s Embrace Life Council, a non-profit suicide prevention organization based in Iqaluit. The safeTALK program will provide a half-day of training to Nunavummiut over the age of 15 to become suicide-alert peer helpers and connect those in their community who need support with life-saving intervention resources.

Major gifts Territories 2017

Enoch Cree Nation, Enoch, AB

BLT funding will support hiring a co-ordinator to implement the new Pimihaw Youth Arts Program to target at-risk Indigenous youth between the ages of 14 and 22 in this First Nation community in central Alberta. Through a series of workshops, the program will incorporate music, drama and dance to empower youth, and build their self worth and social interaction skills.

Community Fund Prairies 2017

Ensoleilvent Inc. – Drummondville, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funds will support the operation of La Main à la Pâte, a green bakery in Drummondville that provides employment for some of the clients of the organization which annually hosts more than 400 men, women and families in need of shelter and emergency assistance, most often due to mental health challenges. The bakery enables workers to learn new skills, gain self confidence and eases reintegration into the broader community.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Expression LaSalle centre communautaire en santé mentale – LaSalle, QC

Expression LaSalle is a community mental health centre that offers an alternative, non-medical approach to helping people with complex, persistent mental health challenges through group and individual services that are artistic, psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational. The Bell Community Fund grant will be used to extend the length of one drama therapy program and will also enable the Centre to quadruple the number of drama therapy sessions offered.

Community Fund Québec 2017

FamilySmart - Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health – Vancouver, BC

With its grant, FamilySmart will expand its Parent in Residence/Youth in Residence program which provides peer support, mentorship and navigation services that connect young people and their families with the available mental health services in their community. Using the lived experience of youth and parents who have navigated complex support systems for themselves as young people, or for their children, the program assists more than 10,000 families each year.

Community Fund British Columbia 2017

Fondation de l'Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal – Montréal, QC

To provide a more comprehensive treatment plan for children aged up to 5 who face mental health challenges, the Foundation will invest Bell Let’s Talk funds in implementing a standardized evaluation protocol based on the latest available clinical research. That will improve the early, thorough assessment of the mental health problems and facilitate the development of comprehensive intervention plans for the children and their families

Community Fund Québec 2017