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. Click here for more information.

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. For more information, click here.

Small action. Big impact.

1,168,302,700

Total number of interactions

$108,415,135

committed

to mental health initiatives

775

Community Fund grants

$20.8 million in funding

Children & Youth

$2.7 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$2.1 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,100 organizations who have supported over

3,806,409

Canadians with access to mental health services

$13 million

in Community Fund grants

2,312,193

crisis and distress

line users

1,739,136

children & youth reached

792,363

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,455,078

trained staff and volunteers

19,376

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

83%

of Canadians reported believing attitudes about mental illness have changed for the better

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2020

YMCA of Greater Saint John – Saint John, NB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the YMCA’s Settling Strongly program aimed building the mental wellness and resilience of newcomers to the area. Specifically, the program is aimed at helping recently arrived former refugees together connect with mental health practitioners for a 6-week trauma informed therapy group, expediting referrals where needed in cases of high-risk behaviours.

Community Fund Atlantic 2018

YMCA of Moose Jaw – Moose Jaw, SK

Bell Let's Talk funding will help the Y build capacity by providing 3 YMCA staff with the training to become licensed trainers in the FRIENDS resilience program, a cognitive behaviour therapy approach that provides social and emotional skills training for 4 to 18 year olds. These individuals will in turn train at least 15 youth workers and teachers to become facilitators for sessions aimed at the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression.

Community Fund Prairies 2018

Youth Diversion Program – Kingston, ON

Building on a successful pilot project, this organization will use Bell funds to help cover the costs of a staff person delivering a broader addiction education and prevention project to reach children in grades 6-8 across Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington counties. The program will reach out to teach children about the impact of addiction and substance abuse, providing them with prevention tools and awareness of community support resources.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Youth Employment Services (YES) – Winnipeg, MB

Because having a job is an important element of mental and physical well being, YES will use Bell funds to provide promotional materials, supplies, and to support staff wages in a new employment centre at its NorWest Youth Hub. The Hub already provides direct access to mental health support to youth in Winnipeg. By also having employment services provided at the Hub, clients can access multiple services under one roof and staff can collaborate to better support each individual.

Community Fund Prairies 2018

Youth Employment Services (YES) / Fondation des services d’emploi pour les jeunes – Montréal, QC

In 2012, YES launched a peer support program to help depressed and anxious job seekers overcome barriers to employment. Bell funding will help expand the YES Peer Support Groups to a new demographic, namely clients aged 15-30 who are not employed nor in school, providing increased access to mental health support and services for those most at risk of situational depression.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Youthdale Riding Program, Youthdale Treatment Centres Foundation – Loretto, ON

The Foundation supports a summer riding program for the LGBTQ Junior Glow Group from Dufferin Child and Family Services, matching each child with a volunteer and a horse to learn to ride and to care for as part of an equine therapy strategy. Bell funding will be used to acquire two new horses and will expand the program by 33%.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

YouthLink – Scarborough, ON

With its focus on promoting the mental health and well-being of low-income and marginalized youth in Scarborough, YouthLInk will use Bell funds to provide the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, a unique psycho-educationally based program for parents and caregivers who are dealing with troubling adolescent behaviour. Over 10 weeks, participants will learn a variety of strategies to improve their understanding of teenaged development and their ability to communicate with teens, thereby reducing family conflicts and stress.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

YWCA Edmonton – Edmonton, AB

To reduce the current wait time of 3 to 6 months for its counselling services, the YWCA will use Bell’s grant to support hiring an additional psychologist to provide counselling for the YWCA’s diverse and low-income clientele. In addition, the new psychologist will supervise Masters/PhD students on placement at the YWCA, creating increased capacity and help for up to 240 additional people who need the counselling services of the YWCA in order to move from crisis to resilience.

Community Fund Prairies 2018