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

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

Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna – Kelowna, BC

The Community Fund grant will be used to launch the first mobile health / mental health clinic in BC for youth ages 12 to 24. Travelling to areas across the Central Okanagan where youth have difficulty accessing services due to transportation issues and other barriers, the service will provide confidential, youth-focused, drop-in health care in locations where youth gather.

Community Fund British Columbia 2019

Canadian Mental Health Association, Peel Dufferin – Brampton, ON

The Association will leverage Bell Let’s Talk funds to expand the capacity and delivery of their Youth Net program to more schools in the Peel Region and Dufferin County area. Youth Net is a “by youth for youth” program that offers alternative mental health support services for youth ages 12 to 20, generating mental health awareness, promoting resiliency, and connecting youth to mental health information and services.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Canadian Mental Health Association, Yukon Division– Whitehorse, YT

The Association will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to create an evidence-based Peer Support program and training curriculum to foster recovery and well-being for people of all ages experiencing mental health issues and illnesses and to formalize and implement the practice of peer support in the Yukon. Incorporating Northern First Nations’ perspective into the practice, the Peer Support model can easily be transferred to other peer groups to promote the positive mental health of all Yukoners.

Community Fund Territories 2019

Canadian Roots Exchange – Toronto, ON

CRE builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth ages 13 to 29 in Canada by facilitating dialogue and strengthening relationships through leadership programs. Bell Let’s Talk funding will help provide mental health and addictions training for Elders as well as support from Social Workers and ASIST training for the Youth Leaders involved in the Youth Reconciliation Initiative. The project will help Youth Leaders engage in difficult conversations, provide suicide prevention supports and work with youth experiencing a variety of mental health challenges.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Centre de soutien en santé mentale - Montérégie — Longueuil, QC

To fight isolation and boost self-esteem in people affected by a mental illness, this organization has created a singing therapy program with the Les Ritournelles choir. This project will allow participants to become members of the choir and give concerts, particularly in CHSLDs (long-term care homes), hospitals and retirement homes. The choir will help participants create a better social network, improve their physical health and reduce psychological distress.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Centre des jeunes l'Escale — Montréal North, QC

Bell’s donation will be used to support the project Ma Vie en premier (MVP), an initiative of the Centre des jeunes l’Escale in partnership with two Montréal North high schools which started in 2014. MVP is integrated into the school curriculum and will help 30 students ages 14 to 16, per school, with serious academic and behavioural difficulties associated with violence and the consumption of psychotropic substances. The project will help young students adopt a healthy lifestyle and prosocial behaviours, particularly empathy, self-esteem and stress management, to contribute to their physical and mental well-being.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Centre Le Rucher, traitement des dépendances — Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, QC

Funds from Bell Let’s Talk will be used to develop a community garden that will add an innovative seasonal component to the existing therapeutic programs offered by the organization. This activity will encourage participants to develop new skills under professional supervision with the support of peers.

Community Fund Québec 2019