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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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

L'AutonHommie – Québec, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a new service for this organization that annually serves about 500 men in the greater Québec region who are marginalized because of mental health issues. Under the program, L’AutonHommie will provide professional counsellors – lawyers and social workers – to help men understand the specialized language of care giving and navigate the healthcare and support systems, often by attending meetings between the clients and the institutions.

Community Fund Québec 2017

La Maison de l'Espoir de Mont-Joli Inc. – Mont-Joli, QC

As part of its mandate to help people facing substance abuse, mental health issues and homelessness, La Maison de l’Espoir operates a thrift store, le Chiffonnier. Bell Let’s Talk funds will be used to implement a region-wide textile recycling system run through the store to enable its clients to acquire new work-related skills and accelerate their socio-professional re-integration.

Community Fund Québec 2017

La Marée – La Malbaie, QC

This organization provides support for family members of people suffering from mental disorders and will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant to enhance an outreach program that targets young people at risk in Charlevoix high schools. This will enable La Marée to acquire an awareness program called “Les Avatars” with a goal of reaching 200 students a year with information on issues like depression, anxiety and bullying, offering coping tips and resources such as group workshops.

Community Fund Québec 2017

LaRue Bécancour – Bécancour, QC

For more than 20 years, LaRue Bécancour has been helping men aged 20 to 70 who suffer from mental health challenges. The Bell Let’s Talk funds will support an additional social worker who will work with the men in the streets to build relationships and make referrals to professional care networks, a peer helper, a street nurse or other resources.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Le CAP (Centre d'apprentissage parallèle de Montréal) – Montréal, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support Le CAP’s initiative to ease reintegration into society for those experiencing psychological difficulties by enhancing the existing creative therapy programs. Specifically, the grant will help develop 10 individual exhibitions of art created by the Centre’s clients plus a travelling collective exhibition. By serving as ambassadors for the exhibits, the clients will be better positioned to participate in the broader community.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Le Pavois – Québec, QC

About half the young people on the 2-year waiting list for help in Québec suffer from hearing voices in their heads. Le Pavois, with the help of Bell Let’s Talk community funding, will launch a new program to address that, working with families, teachers, coaches, friends and others to help the clients understand the phenomenon and explore strategies to minimize their impact.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Maison d'Intervention Vivre – Saint-Hubert, QC

Focused on helping those with depression, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to enhance its post-program support for clients who, having completed their intensive treatment, still need individualized help to reintegrate into society and re-establish their social networks. The grant will more than double the follow-up hours available, from 538 to almost 1,300.

Community Fund Québec 2017

McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

A $250,000 donation to fund the development of online mental health resources focused on the needs of multicultural communities. The 3-year project will enhance the online Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre, expanding language options and content in Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin and other languages, and adding resources for adolescents, young adults and family members of people living with a mental illness.

Major gifts Québec 2017

Mon Shack... Mes choix... Mon avenir! – Sherbrooke, QC

This organization operates a variety of workshops – collective kitchens, art therapy and physical activity – for young adults up to age 35 who face mental health challenges. It will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to purchase equipment for the various programs which help clients break the isolation and re-connect with the community at large.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Prise II – Montréal, QC

Prise II, an alternative mental health resource, will use the donation from Bell Let's Talk to incorporate a mutual assistance practice into its service offer, and to set up a new group made up of and for people who are completing their journey at Prise II. With this funding, the centre will provide training and experiment with the “intentional peer support” approach, an initiative supported by research and access to other self-help groups.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Société québécoise de la schizophrénie et des psychoses apparentées – Montréal, QC

Thanks to funding from Bell Let’s Talk, the Société will be able to expand its humanistic and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) program: families from five remote areas—Côte-Nord, Gaspésie / Les Îles, Abitibi / Témiscamingue, Saguenay / Lac St-Jean and Bas-Saint-Laurent—will be able to benefit from this one-of-a-kind, leading-edge program adapted to people dealing on a daily basis with a loved one made vulnerable by the illness. To sustain the program, local professionals will be trained and supported in order to expand its reach to the entire regional clientele. The training aims to give participants a more thorough knowledge of schizophrenia and allow them to learn effective strategies for intervening with the caregiver as well as the person struggling with a psychotic disorder.

Community Fund Québec 2017

Virage Santé mentale – Weedon, QC

As part of its broader services for people with mental health challenges, this organization will initiate group support for people who hear voices, thanks to the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. Through the program, clients gain from sharing with others in the same situation as well as learn more about the affliction, research into its causes and coping strategies, making it easier for them to learn to live with their voices.

Community Fund Québec 2017