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

888

Community Fund grants

$28.6 million in funding

Young Canadians

$3.3 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$2.1 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,300 organizations who have supported

4,578,467

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 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

Filter By:

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services – Toronto, ON

Through the Syrian Women’s Expressive Arts Project, the organization engages Syrian refugee women and their families in traditional embroidery sessions as a means of reducing social isolation and vulnerability to mental health issues often faced by newcomers. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will help fund 24 art sessions and provide transportation and childcare to enable participants, many of whom live below the poverty line, to access this wellness program.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Addiction Services for York Region – Toronto, ON

The organization will use their funding to develop and implement a drop-in counselling program for young people affected by substance use, providing “youth-friendly”, non-judgemental support as soon as it is needed, helping to reduce wait-times for youth clients in need of treatment. Clients are provided with evidence-based counselling within a harm reduction framework, helping to mitigate risk and larger social problems associated with substance use such as overdose, premature death and suicide.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM) — Montréal, QC

Bell’s donation will be used to hire a social worker in order to offer educational workshops and a mental health support service designed to help people living with HIV or Hepatitis C, who also use narcotics. The project’s objectives are to encourage participants to adopt healthier lifestyles so that they can make better choices, reduce their anxiety and stop or reduce narcotic consumption. The organization will also promote the project to clinics and community organizations in order to sensitize health professionals to the specific problems of the LGBTQ+ community.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Alliance des communautés culturelles pour l’égalité dans la santé et les services sociaux (ACCÉSSS) — Montréal, QC

ACCÉSSS is a coalition of 125 ethnocultural community organizations that will use Bell’s donation to create 2 informative video clips on mental health community services. This project is aimed at helping people take charge of their mental health in a context of diversity and to better understand how to navigate the healthcare system and community in matters relating to mental health.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Arctic Children and Youth Foundation – Iqaluit, NU

In an effort to integrate the clinical and cultural mental health services developing in Nunavut, the Foundation will use their grant to set up a cultural healing space and hire a bilingual (Inuktitut-English) Counsellor at the Umingmak Child and Youth Support Centre, providing options to clients who wish to have traditional healing, or counselling in their language of choice.

Community Fund Territories 2019

Artbeat Studio Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

Artbeat provides free studio and gallery space with mentorship, to promote recovery and empowerment through artistic expression for people with mental illness. With the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant, Artbeat Alumni will facilitate 36 participatory art workshops in their own communities, expanding services to new geographic areas and improving access to Artbeat’s programs to target groups including gang affected youth, newcomers and LGBTQ communities.

Community Fund Prairies 2019

Association des familles de personnes assassinées ou disparues (AFPAD) — Montréal, QC

AFPAD will use the donation from Bell Let’s Talk for a pilot project to create support group workshops led by a social worker for bereaved family and friends after a traumatic death. This new support group adapted to traumatic grief will help participants fully address their grief and empower themselves to avoid or better manage the symptoms of post-traumatic stress arising from a loved one’s violent death.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Au cœur de l'enfance — Montréal, QC

Funding from Bell Let’s Talk will provide individual psychosocial support to women who are experiencing pregnancy in a context of significant socio-economic vulnerability. These mothers, most of whom are from diverse backgrounds, receive support in taking the necessary steps to reduce toxic stressors impacting their mental health and their children’s development.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Aunt Leah’s Place – New Westminster, BC

In partnership with Dan’s Legacy Foundation, Aunt Leah’s Place provides free, on-site clinical counselling for youth from foster care with histories of abuse, neglect and mental health issues. Funding will enable an expanded counselling program to be offered after office hours and during weekends at Aunt Leah’s Youth Hub Resource Centre, helping to close the gap in mental health support services for foster children past the age of 19 in the Lower Mainland.

Community Fund British Columbia 2019

Autonhommie, centre de ressources pour hommes – Québec, QC

Autonhommie will offer men diagnosed with depression who already visit the centre the chance to join the self-management program “Aller mieux à leur façon” (Getting better their way). The program consists of 4 one-on-one meetings for each participant, aimed at integrating the self-management program into their current programs as a supplement to medication and the organization’s existing services.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Boundless Adventures Association – Toronto, ON

The Boundless School aims to transform the lives of 330 at-risk youth each year, the majority of whom are struggling with mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression, by providing extraordinary education opportunities. Bell funding will support the expansion of the school’s mental health capacity within their education programs, adding new credentials and training including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Boys & Girls Club of Charlottetown – Charlottetown, PEI

Bell funding will support the project design, development and promotion of the Club’s new after-school intervention program, Reach for the Stars. The project will target vulnerable youth ages 12-15 who are at risk of developing mental health and addiction challenges, engaging them in life-skills development, healthy peer socialization, and confidence-building activities with positive adult mentors in a safe, stigma-free, learning environment.

Community Fund Atlantic 2019

Café Le Signet — Laval, QC

The organization will be able to enhance its current service in both the restaurant and catering service of its workforce re-entry programs for people struggling with chronic and persistent mental health problems. Bell’s donation will be used to create an additional supervisory position for better guidance and to support their social integration.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Calgary Counselling Centre – Calgary, AB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will help support a new provisional counsellor for the Increased Access to Men’s Mental Health Initiative, providing 408 new client counselling sessions for male clients dealing with mental health challenges. This Initiative will enable urgent, timely access to mental health services, with no waitlist, by increasing access for counselling services for men, regardless of their ability to pay.

Community Fund Prairies 2019

Canadian Mental Health Association, Hamilton – Hamilton, ON

The association will utilize Bell Let’s Talk funding to enhance the programming and service of their Social Recreation Rehabilitation Program, which supports individuals who have a diagnosis of a serious mental illness, many of whom live below the poverty level. The program provides evening rehabilitative and social activities in a relaxed coffee house setting, where individuals in crisis can develop social, communication and life skills, enhancing their ability to cope in the public sphere.

Community Fund Ontario 2019