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

Fondation Pinel — Montréal, QC

Bell’s funding will be used to hire a peer helper who will become an important player in recovery by using experiential knowledge to support institutionalized patients suffering from severe mental illness. The goal is to not only offer support and information on their condition, but also to help inspire them and serve as a role model. The peer helper will also play an important role in helping the clinical team by supporting their work and improving interventions.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Fondation pour l’art thérapeutique et l’art brut au Québec (Les Impatients) — Montréal, QC

The grant from Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund will be used to create a comic book workshop for young people ages 18 to 24 struggling with severe and persistent mental health issues. Besides giving young participants access to new artistic techniques, the workshop will boost self-esteem and encourage social integration.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Fondation Santé Baie des Chaleurs — Maria, QC

Intended for adults and adolescents struggling with mental health problems, this new project will make it possible to hire a Therapeutic Activities Coordinator for inpatients and outpatients with the goal of facilitating and accelerating the recovery period and avoiding relapses. The coordinator will also train outpatient clinic staff members in setting up structured therapeutic recreational activities in other cities of the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, which encompasses a population of over 35,000 people.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Fondation Santé Bécancour-Nicolet-Yamaska — Nicolet, QC

The Fondation will work in collaboration with two community organizations in the region, La Chrysalide and La Traverse du Sentier, to set up mental health self-management workshops for persons living with anxiety disorders and depression. The workshops will be delivered over a 10-week period, at a frequency of one course per week. Participants will apply what they have learned to their daily lives through small homework assignments and awareness building to better understand their own dynamics.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Fondation Tel-Jeunes — Montréal, QC

To help young people better understand the various issues around mental health, the Fondation Tel-Jeunes will use Bell’s donation to develop a series of video clips answering the mental health questions Tel-Jeunes receives most often via text or chat, including those about suicidal thoughts, stress, performance anxiety, depression and managing emotions. These clips will be broadcast on social media, YouTube and the Tel-Jeunes website.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Fondation Vivre Ensemble — Montréal , QC

Funding from Bell Let’s Talk will be support 10 months of monthly canine therapy workshops aimed at reducing anxiety and developing better social skills, empathy and self-control for vulnerable people. Participants will include young people, the elderly, adults and disabled people living in social housing. The workshops will be given by professional animal-assisted therapists.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Friends for Mental Health — Beaconsfield, QC

In order to meet the high demand for free bilingual services for families that have a loved one with a mental health disorder, Bell’s donation will be used to expand the existing counselling and psychosocial support services. This project will allow the organization to hire a full-time psychosocial worker, increase the hours of one-on-one counselling offered in the daytime and add an extra evening to the existing schedule.

Community Fund Québec 2019

Grands Frères Grandes Soeurs de Trois-Rivières — Trois-Rivières, QC

The organization will use Bell’s donation to extend its mentorship program—for children ages 6 to 12 from foster homes and single-parent families with a mental health diagnosis of anxiety—to a greater number of elementary schools. Supervised by two social workers, the program will help the children make friends and reach their full potential.

Community Fund Québec 2019