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

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360Kids Support Services – Markham, ON

360Kids provides a full complement of programs and services aimed at assisting at-risk youth. With the contribution from Bell Let’s Talk, counsellors and front-line staff will allowed to attend workshops on mental health and addictions, working with transgender youth, trauma-informed counselling, depression and bipolar disorder.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

A & O: Support Services for Older Adults – Winnipeg, MB

A & O’s Senior Centre Without Walls program offers free educational and recreational programming, such as art and music therapy to 350 socially isolated older adults in their homes via teleconferencing. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, A & O will be able to enhance this program by providing a 15-week workshop for individuals coping with hoarding behaviour.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

Abri de la Rive-Sud – Longueuil, QC

L’Abri de la Rive-Sud is a mixed housing service for homeless women and men to help them get off the streets and enable them to take control of their lives and assume their rightful place in the community. The funding from Bell Let’s Talk will be used to hire a resource to establish better practices and tools that include a mental health component to offer appropriate services to 600 people.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Accès PSY – Québec, QC

The donation from Bell Let’s Talk will facilitate access to psychological services for at least 40 people from low-income families who do not have the means to access psychological services offered in the private sector. The funding will also make it possible to expand services to new remote geographic areas in Québec, namely Northern Québec, Abitibi, and Gaspésie. Sessions are offered with a 40% to 70% reduction of regular rates, depending on the persons income.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Aire ouverte

Bell Let’s Talk and Graham Boeckh Foundation’s first donation will support Aire ouverte’s existing youth hubs in Laval, Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and Sept-Îles and 4 new sites currently in development. Aire ouverte will receive a multi-year gift of $1 million to support programming at the existing centres, help launch the new hub sites and develop a shared governance model and standardized metrics.

Major gifts Québec 2020

Algoma Family Services – Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Algoma Family Services is a provider of specialized mental health treatment and support services for children, adolescents, adults, and families in the District of Algoma. The City of Sault Ste. Marie is developing four youth hubs located in high-risk areas that will reach a vulnerable population. These new hubs provide the opportunity to reach youth in drop-in settings by having counsellors on-site during program times. The project will allow the organization to respond to 200 youth requiring immediate service through the use of solution-focused single therapy sessions.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Alternative Naissance – Montréal, QC

Alternative Naissance has been offering activities and services aimed at humanizing birth and supporting families during the perinatal period. The funding will enable postpartum meetings to support and soothe parents experiencing perinatal bereavement or a difficult delivery for 38 new mothers and their spouses. Meetings will consist of 10 perinatal bereavement support sessions and three series of 12 meetings for difficult childbirth reaching 50 women per year.

Community Fund Québec 2020

AQPAMM : Association québécoise des parents et amis de la personne atteinte de maladie mentale – Montréal, QC

The contribution from Bell Let’s Talk will be used for the T’as ta place! online tool that aims to attract youth that are caregivers of family members with mental health issues to help them understand the important role they play towards the recovery of their loved ones. The program will support 159 young people who are mental health caregivers for family members and provide same-day psychosocial support via text or in person, online information workshops as well as drama and art therapy workshops on the island of Montréal.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale – Québec, QC

Le Grand Rassemblement Jeunesse en Santé Mentale is a project that focuses on developing a community among youth with mental health difficulties by sharing their experiences. The objective is to expand services in new geographic areas to include larger segments of the youth population. Eighty-five participants from five different regions in Québec will benefit from the program.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Atlantic Wellness – Moncton, NB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable Atlantic Wellness to operate its same-day mental health clinic pilot project as a permanent clinic. The clinic allows the therapists to deliver immediate access to services when youth and families need it the most. Anyone can access the clinic for up to three 75-minute sessions within a 3 month time period.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

Bell Let's Talk Diversity Fund

We have announced the launch of a $5 million #BellLetsTalk Diversity Fund to support the mental health and well-being of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities across Canada.

Diversity Fund Québec 2020

Black Creek Community Health Centre – Toronto, ON

The Jane Finch community faces many challenges like poverty, community violence, unemployment, and Anti-Black racism that contributes towards poor mental health outcomes. The Jane Finch Talks Mental Wellbeing program will implement a grassroots approach to mental health by training up to 433 residents in Mental Health First Aid, suicide prevention, and resiliency and self-care. They also intend to train a resident to become a LivingWorks trainer, who can then provide ongoing suicide prevention training to residents.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Black Youth Helpline

A donation of $250,000 to this volunteer-driven initiative founded in Winnipeg that supports Black youth and their families across Canada with a focus on education, health and community development.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2020

Blue Door Shelters – East Gwillimbury, ON

The largest emergency housing provider in York region, Blue Door provides support to people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness to obtain and retain affordable housing. Opening Doors will provide long-term lifesaving mental health care for homeless LGBTQ2S+ youth who have faced family conflict, persecution, and trauma. Unique to each youth’s needs, Opening Doors will provide access to bi-weekly one-on-one psychotherapy. Sessions will focus on improving mental health by addressing major concerns for LGBTQ2S+ youth like self-harm, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and eating disorders.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Brigadoon Village – Halifax, NS

Brigadoon Village is a year-round non-profit recreational facility, designed for children living with health conditions or other life challenges. The funding will support Camp Believe, a week-long camp for 500 kids between 10 and 18 years old who are impacted by a parent or guardian’s mental illness, where kids can create meaningful connections with others who have similar experiences.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020