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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Fondation Santé Beauce-Etchemin – Saint-Georges de Beauce, QC

Bell’s contribution will be used to purchase furniture and to design installations for the Beauceron-style outdoor courtyard landscaping project at the Marillac pavilion at the psychiatric day hospital. The project, an incrediBELL outdoor space, will enable patients to socialize, communicate, overcome isolation and stigma, and participate in activities, discussions and workshops while enjoying the fresh air.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Fondation Santé Haut-Richelieu-Rouville – Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will help the foundation upgrade facilities in the psychiatric unit at the Haut-Richelieu hospital to provide a better environment to enhance recovery. In addition to providing a cover for the patio and updated furnishings, the project will create a private and safe place for patients to meet with their loved ones.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Fondation Vivre ma santé mentale – Chicoutimi, QC

The Foundation provides a wide variety of physical, socio-cultural, intellectual, artistic and recreational activities free to adult clients with mood disorders, anxieties or other mental health issues. Bell Let’s Talk funding will defray the cost of renting space and enable the group to acquire new equipment as it expands its work in the Lac-St-Jean West territory and La Baie where demand has grown tenfold since 2016.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Groupe La Licorne MRC Thérèse-De Blainville – Sainte-Thérèse, QC

This organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to acquire a trained service dog to provide animal therapy for children in their care. Research and previous experience has shown that dogs can significantly reduce anxiety in young people. The grant will also support the creation of customized support plans for the children to help them take control over their lives.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation

Bell Let's Talk announced a $500,000 donation to the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation (FIUSMM) to support innovation projects at the institute's Research Centre, including the development of mobile applications aimed at improving the lives of people living with mental health issues.

Major gifts Québec 2018

L'Arrêt-Source inc. – Montréal, QC

To help young women who face mental health, abuse, addiction and family challenges, l'Arrêt-Source has created a program in collaboration with the Victoria Institute to provide women aged 18-30 with the skills they need to re-integrate into society. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support this intervention program, unique in Québec, which includes weekly group meetings covering skills development, effective interpersonal relationships, self-awareness and emotional self-regulation. The program also includes individualized follow-up.

Community Fund Québec 2018

L'Entre-Deux shelter – Longueuil, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support L’Entre Nous project as it develops psycho-educational workshops to help women better manage their mental health in daily life. A counsellor will tailor the sessions to the specific needs of the participants who will also have access to support groups in which former residents and a counsellor will give them an opportunity to talk about their particular situation and receive support.

Community Fund Québec 2018

L'Ile des Amis – Pierrefonds, QC

The L’île des Amis will invest Bell Let’s Talk funds in a new program of community kitchens. These will offer education on topics such as nutrition, food purchasing, portion sizes and preparation. In addition, they will provide coaching in social skills through an animator and volunteers. This will improve the quality of life and self-esteem for both the residents of L’île des Amis and other community members by creating the opportunity for positive social interactions.

Community Fund Québec 2018

L’Ensoleillée, Ressource communautaire en santé mentale – Lac-Mégantic, QC

Due to continuing impacts from the Lac Mégantic tragedy, this organization receives an increasing number of requests for help for 3 types of services: help for those who hear voice, for those who need support for life planning and for those suffering from depression. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the establishment of support groups for each of those issues, providing participants with coping tools and the knowledge that they are not alone.

Community Fund Québec 2018

La Fondation du Centre jeunesse de Montréal – Montréal, QC

This project will establish sensory calming rooms in 9 housing units. Since most children that arrive in Youth Protection are fragile – 48% have received a psychiatric diagnosis – it is essential to offer them safe spaces to calm down and to start to work on themselves. This is especially true in homes where sharing space with other youngsters can exacerbate behavioural difficulties.

Community Fund Québec 2018

La Rencontre groupe d'entraide pour personnes atteintes de maladie mentale – Sainte-Marie de Beauce, QC

Bell’s donation will help pay the salary of a social worker who will offer workplace workshops to help people manage their own anxiety based on the proven success of the J’avance program. These workshops will facilitate the understanding of anxiety and help employees better manage their symptoms. As well, it will help companies improve their organizational performance through better health and wellbeing of their employees.

Community Fund Québec 2018

La Ressource ATP – Laval, QC

This organization’s 2 existing support groups for people with anxiety and panic disorder in Pont-Viau and Chomedey are at full capacity. Bell’s grant will enable them to add 2 new service points so that participants will not have to travel so far to attend groups, especially at night. They will partner with the CLSC of Ste-Rose for those in the north of the island of Montréal and with the CLSC des Thousand Islands for those in the east end.

Community Fund Québec 2018

La Rubrique Inc. – Jonquière, QC

The Bell Let's Talk funding will enable La Rubrique, in collaboration with the Jonquière school board’s adult education centre, to deliver the Je me connais mieux project. This involves creating a variety of theatre workshops to help mental health clients develop self-worth and socialization skills and overcome isolation in a more playful setting. The workshops, led by local theatre professionals over a 30-week period, will also help participants engage in self-reflection to help them assess their own limits and aspirations.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Le Cercle des 4 Vents – Montréal, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support an ongoing program of dramatherapy with animal assistance workshops for children and adolescents who are survivors of abuse and struggle with violent impulses against themselves and/or others. As part of their collaborative evaluations, the children describe how, at the Ferme L’Auteuilloise in Laval, they approach an animal more powerful than themselves. Their experiences can include giving a saltwater mouthwash to an alpaca, thus exploring how to take care of oneself.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Le Havre à nous/ Our Harbour – Saint Lambert, QC

To augment the residential care and basic life-skills development offered by Le Havre à nous, the Bell funds will support the Navigator Program that will provide training for residents in essential computer skills. This will not only improve their self-confidence and ability to re-enter society more fully, it will enable residents with families outside of Montréal to stay in touch regularly with loved ones.

Community Fund Québec 2018