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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fondation Institut de gériatrie de Montréal – Montréal, QC

To help seniors reduce their dependence on pharmaceuticals to treat their insomnia and anxiety, the Foundation will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to create the first French-language online cognitive behavioural therapy tools. The therapy, which has proved successful in helping seniors, will be made available for free.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Habitations Nouveau Départ – Gatineau, QC

This organization, which provides housing for up to 39 people with persistent mental health disorders in 6 locations in the Outaouais region, will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to open a collective kitchen for its clients which will teach new life skills, break down isolation and provide healthy meals at minimal cost, an important factor as most of the participants have low incomes.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Head and Hands – Montréal, QC

To expand its ongoing work with marginalized youth, this organization will use Bell Let's Talk Community funds to support the work of an additional counsellor, 2 street workers and additional administrative support that will enable them to reach about 800 more clients than the current 1,200. Head and Hands provides free long-term counselling and mobile/in person on-the-spot crisis support to youth who cannot access more traditional mental health services due to marginalization or other barriers.

Community Fund Québec 2017