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

Point de Rue – Trois-Rivières, QC

To enhance its work helping homeless people with mental health issues get the help they need, this organization will use the Bell Let’s Talk funding to support hiring a street worker as part of a new inter-disciplinary intervention team. The team will target individuals who rarely use traditional services and often have urgent needs. This team will proactively work to connect clients with doctors and nurses on the premises as well as acting as a gateway to further healthcare resources.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Red Robin Equestrian Foundation – L'Ange Gardien, QC

Building on the popularity of horses, the Foundation will use Bell funds to raise awareness among teens and young adults of the importance of mental health. In sessions offered in equestrian centres in the presence of horses, an equine specialist and a mental health professional, participants aged 13-20 will cover topics ranging from learning to know oneself, managing stress and anxiety, improving communication and being more assertive.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Refuge des Jeunes de Montréal – Montréal, QC

This initiative will increase support for young people seeking help at the Refuge by providing specific support for youth with mental health problems or signs of anxiety and other behavioral problems. Following their night, they are directed to the Refuge’s Day Center, which is linked to specialised mental health organisations for homeless youth. With the Bell Let’s Talk funds, the organization will work with the young person, who will then be paired with a counselor and accompanied in all the steps with the mental health professionals and, if the need arises, with the family.

Community Fund Québec 2018

RIVO (Intervention network for persons affected by organized violence) – Montréal, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable RIVO to extend its expertise outside of Montréal by providing on-site training to professionals in regions such as Saint-Jérôme, Joliette and Gatineau who work with vulnerable newcomers and refugees. This will equip them to better deal with complex mental health issues such as trauma, depression, grief and stress related to difficulty adjusting in a new community, especially for those who experienced trauma associated with organized violence such as war, genocide, attacks, rape, torture and persecution.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Tel-Écoute/Tel-Aînés - Montréal, QC

Bell funds will enable the modernization of call-in lines to give better coverage and the ability to answer more calls. IP technology would enable the volunteers to answer calls from home, making it easier for them to serve. It would also enable this group to network with partners across Québec so that calls can be shared to cover periods when listeners are in short supply. New lines would provide more data on calls that can be used to continuously improve the service.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Témiscamingue suicide prevention centre – Ville-Marie, QC

The Centre will use Bell Let`s Talk funding to enhance its Travailleur de rang initiative. This is a farm outreach program designed to enhance the quality of life of farming families in Témiscamingue by proactively offering guidance and support to farmers, their families and their communities. The program involves a variety of elements, including providing information to increase awareness of mental health issues to initiating prevention and intervention activities.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Travail de rue à Shawinigan (TRÀSH) – Shawinigan

With the Bell funds, TRÀSH will double the number of outreach sessions it offers every week for residents of Shawinigan who exhibit symptoms of mental illness. At the sessions, individuals supported by the organization’s street workers participate in guided or recreational activities that enable them to openly discuss their situation in a non-judgmental environment, to create ties with other citizens and to slowly recreate a network as they regain trust in society.

Community Fund Québec 2018

Women’s Centre of Montréal - Montréal, QC

Through a project titled Il était une fois et une fois il sera, the Centre will invest the Bell grant in an increased number of workshops for victims of sexual assault during childhood, involving participants in creating videos by their experiences. In so doing, the Centre aims to reduce psychological distress and help participants create a support network, regain control over their lives and continue along their path towards healing and raise awareness with family members, the public and stakeholders about the impact of sexual assault during childhood.

Community Fund Québec 2018