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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Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County – Sydney, NS

The Association provides free basic education/literacy and GED prep classes to local adults. More than 80% of its clients live in poverty, 47% self identify as challenged by mental health issues and 17% struggle with addictions. Bell Let’s Talk funds will train 2 staff members as mental health first aid instructors who would then provide the course to all staff and students.

Community Fund Atlantic 2018

Alternative Centregens – Longueuil, QC

To address a less well-known side effect of mental disorders, this organization will initiate a singing therapy project led by a mental health worker and a professional musician. Mental health medications often weaken muscles, so this program will counteract that in classes that teach posture, strength and tone exercises needed to sing. Over the 30 weeks of the program, participants will gain confidence and self-esteem as well as have access to individual and group psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational services.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Anna et la mer – Trois-Rivières, QC

This organization works with youth aged 7-17 who have a parent or close relative suffering from a mental illness, aiming to provide its clients with the resilience they need to succeed. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable Anna et la mer to expand the program by holding structured clinical meetings in other regions with a view to co-ordinating the intervention programs and implementing ongoing improvements. The intervention programs, which are innovative, aim to promote early intervention, coping skills and resilience.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Anorexie et boulimie Québec (ANEB) – Pointe-Claire, QC

To provide support for young people in a medium they are comfortable with, ANEB will use Bell funds to establish a text messaging service for youth aged 12-18. Available weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., since young people are most likely to send texts when they are at school, the service will enable teens to contact an ANEB counsellor in a confidential setting in which they can remain anonymous, text in a crisis situation and save the counsellors’ replies for future reference.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Association laurentienne des proches de la personne atteinte de maladie mentale - La Halte des Proches – Saint-Jérôme, QC

The program supported by Bell Let’s Talk funding targets children in families where a family member is dealing with mental illness. It involves providing the children with a better understanding of mental illness, along with appropriate strategies and tools to better handle the daily challenges and cope with the stress of living with a family member with mental illness.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Association québécoise des parents et amis de la personne atteinte de maladie mentale (AQPAMM) – Montréal, QC

Recognizing the need to support young people who are mental health caregivers for family members, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to for its T'as ta place! program. This will provide same-day psychosocial support via text or in person, information workshops as well as drama and art therapy on the island of Montréal.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham – Port Perry, ON

This organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support staff and cover workshop expenses for the Think, Feel, ACT! program. Based on a proven cognitive behavioral framework, this program addresses the needs of children aged 9-12 who struggle with anxiety. Once a week for 10 weeks, volunteer mentors meet with the children for an hour after school, during lunch or at any time throughout the school day, focusing on activities that build resilience, social and emotional competence, self-regulation, anxiety and stress management abilities.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Broad Reach Foundation for Young Leaders – Toronto, ON

In an innovative program aimed at instilling valuable life skills in young people challenged by mental illness, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to support a sailing therapy program. Specifically, the money will go to buy equipment such as life-vests and foul-weather gear for participants to use as they are trained on operating large sailboats through the National Yacht Club, with additional activities on shore in the offseason. This will not only provide a valuable recreational output, it will also teach new skills such as discipline and teamwork.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

BYTE - Empowering Youth – Whitehorse, YT

This organization will use Bell’s support to ramp up its suicide awareness initiative by offering safeTALK certification training to youth aged 15-24 in up to 4 Northern communities. With this training, they will be better able to identify those in their community who may be at risk and asking for help and better able to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to community resources for further help.

Community Fund Territories 2018

Camp Winston – Toronto, ON

Camp Winston offers programs at a Muskoka lake summer camp for children with a variety of mental health challenges including obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders. Bell funding will support counsellor wages and training as well as individualized programming for each child and year-round collaboration with families and schools.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Canadian Mental Health Association, Wood Buffalo Region – Fort McMurray, AB

To address the issue of suicide in remote northern communities, CMHA will use Bell funding to increase its internal capacity. Specifically, the funds will be invested in training more trainers to go out into these communities and teach the needed skills all responders and support agencies should know. They will also impact individual community members as they build their own toolkit to respond to potential suicides.

Community Fund Prairies 2018

Carea Community Health Centre – Oshawa, ON

To expand the many free services it already offers - including health promotion, primary care and mental health counseling - the Center will use Bell Let's Talk funding to hire staff and cover expenses for a new program, Gender Journeys. This is an eight-week program for anyone between the ages of 13 and 25 who is considering a gender change. This program provides enriching information and contacts for people who think about their gender identity, transgender people and people of different gender identities.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Carrefour Famille New Carlisle (Family Ties) – New Carlisle, QC

With an estimated 8,000 people on the Gaspé coast unable to access scarce mental health services, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop a partnership with the local health agency to deliver a series of awareness sessions targeting English-speaking and Indigenous communities in the region.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Central Station Community Centre – Winkler, MB

With Bell Let's Talk funding, the Centre will bring a full Recovery College curriculum to the community, offering 25 courses and educational resources for mental health service users, their family, friends and members of the community. This curriculum is geared to promoting mental health literacy, self-exploration and skill development. It enables people to sign up for courses that interest them and receive recognition for completing the course.

Community Fund Prairies 2018

Centre Inter-Section – Gatineau, QC

To provide help to more people who hear voices, the Bell Let’s Talk grant will be used to train 150 volunteers. It will also train people to coordinate and oversee the province’s 3 help lines and then promote the new service with the health and social services network in partnership with Tel-Aide Outaouais and its partners.

Community Fund Québec 2018