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

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

4,578,467

Canadians with access to mental health services

$13 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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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

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

Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

The Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to help purchase new single and multiuser workout equipment for the future renovations and upgrades to the mental health inpatient play spaces. As part of an overall therapy plan, this increased physical activity will help these youth with a reduction in depression, anxiety, and stress, teaching them coping tools for their future.

Community Fund Prairies 2018

Creative Spark Development – Canmore, AB

Creative Spark Development creates engaging activities for Canadians to escape the negative impact of mental illness, including workshops to build resilience and promote healthy choices. Bell funding will advance their work on collaborating with other grassroots organizations supporting mental health at the community level. Creative Spark Development works to reduce program overlap and support other grass roots programs on improving their best practices and good governance.

Community Fund Prairies 2018

FortWhyte Farms – Winnipeg, MB

FortWhyte Alive will use Bell Let’s Talk funding for various aspects of its social enterprise, FortWhyte Farms. FortWhyte Farms works with diverse, urban youth who are experiencing barriers to employment. The farm utilizes sustainable agriculture to engage young people in food literacy skills and employment training. Youth increase their health and wellness through food security, financial security, and positive lifestyle changes.

Community Fund Prairies 2018

Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba – Winnipeg, MB

The Association is piloting a program called Turning Pages- that is addressing a perceived gap in services supporting depressed and/or anxious adults between the ages of 50- 70 who are struggling with transitioning from middle age into later life. Turning Pages offers cognitive behavioural therapy with mindfulness, peer support, suicide prevention and meaningful connections to community resources. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will fund the pilot including the collection of data on the effectiveness of the pilot that in turn will be used to procure longer term support for an ongoing program.

Community Fund Prairies 2018

Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin

Bell Let's Talk announced a donation of $150,000 to Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin (OPK) to expand its mental health services for Indigenous youth in Winnipeg that encourage healing and resiliency through programs to develop life skills.

Major gifts Prairies 2018

Spirit North – Canmore, AB

Spirit North will use Bell funding to add 3 Indigenous communities to its outreach program of school workshops aimed at increasing mental health outcomes for children and youth. The initiative also increases local capacity for community-led programming. The outreach consists of regular in-school programming, inspirational speakers and mentoring opportunities for educators and community leaders in remote communities in Alberta and British Columbia.

Community Fund Prairies 2018

The Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Program within The Brandon Friendship Centre – Brandon, MB

Bell funding will enable the Program to hire 2 proctors who, under the guidance of the counsellor within the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Centre, will work with clients to develop goals in interpersonal and social behaviours, and will accompany the client to recreational and leisure activities. Over time, clients will develop the skills needed to build relationships, problem-solve, communicate, perform self-care, and initiate leisure/recreational activities within their community.

Community Fund Prairies 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 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

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