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

Find out where the funds go

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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

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

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

CESAME Youth Mental Health Centre of Deux-Montagnes – Saint-Eustache, QC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the Centre to expand its program of early stimulation workshops for young children and their families. Special education technicians, psycho-educators and other staff work with children aged 3-5 in small groups in the only program of its kind in the region. The grant will also go toward setting up a support group for parents.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Communautés Solidaires - Québec, QC

The grant will cover the field worker’s salary for a new intervention program called Entraid'aînés. This aims to enable vulnerable clients who are at risk of being placed in a public facility because of their exclusion to stay in their own homes longer. The project aims to reduce the isolation and psychological distress of residents of the Capitale-National region aged 60 and over, through home visits that enhance their personal, social and financial well-being.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Dans la rue – Montréal, QC

In response to a doubling of transgender street youth requiring mental health services, Dans la rue will use Bell funding to set up an integrated, multi-faceted project designed to foster self-expression as a way of delivering mental health care. That involves enhancing the organization’s art and music therapy programs, its sports and outdoor activities and its community kitchen program by adding workshops focused on identity, gender expression and relationship development to address the isolation of its clients.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Deuil-Jeunesse – Charlesbourg, QC

Bell’s donation will finance front-line telephone interventions for those experiencing upsetting situations by providing them with the proper tools to announce the news and to minimize the negative impacts that may seriously affect mental health. The organization works every day with young people who are dealing with anxiety, guilt, depression and suicidal thoughts, often as a result of the shock they feel following the death of a loved one.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Fondation de la santé de Rivière-du-Loup – Rivière-du-Loup, QC

Bell funding will help the Foundation acquire a Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation device to treat depression and other illnesses. The goal of the project is to be able to offer the Bas Saint Laurent population a socially acceptable alternative to electro-convulsive therapy by means of a neuromodulation treatment that uses transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Fondation de la santé et des services sociaux de l'Énergie – Shawinigan, QC

Recognizing that families of those suffering from mental illness need support too, the Foundation will use Bell’s funding to hire and train a peer caregiver who will be the resource person for families and relatives of hospitalized individuals. This person will be able to intervene, support, accompany and guide them. Support by the peer caregiver will also help the family maintain their own mental health to better support the client.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Fondation Hôpital Pierre-Boucher – Longueuil, QC

Bell funding will enable the addition of a new peer supporter to help people aged 12-35 with problems of varying intensity and who have not yet had a formal diagnosis. This person – who will draw on his own success at overcoming mental health issues – will conduct a thorough follow-up and will be responsible for giving hope to his peers, sharing his own strategies for a successful recovery.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Fondation régionale pour la santé de Trois-Rivières – Trois-Rivières, QC

Bell funding will enable the Foundation to offer up to 6 In Vivo workshops for 50 young people aged 6-17 who suffer from severe anxiety and attend the Centre Arc-en-ciel. The program has a success rate of more than 90%, enabling participants to move forward in a non-institutional setting by giving them tools to deal with daily life, with positive benefits for their families as well.

Community Fund Québec 2018