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.

1,491,774,955

Total number of interactions

$129,588,747.75

committed

to mental health initiatives

1,000

Community Fund grants

$32 million in funding

Young Canadians

$3.9 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$2.4 million in funding

Military family support

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

5,556,332

Canadians with access to mental health services

$17 million

in Community Fund grants

2,427,991

crisis and distress

line users

2,159,817

children & youth reached

909,000

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,469,600

trained staff and volunteers

22,824

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

78%

of Canadians reported believing attitudes about mental illness have changed for the better

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2022

Find out where the funds go

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Compass/Boussole/Akii-Izhinoogan – Sudbury, ON

Compass/Boussole/Akii-Izhinoogan will be expanding the very successful parent psychoeducational training groups that work to build a trauma-informed lens in caregivers of children who have experienced trauma. There has been significant interest in these parent groups, and the organization will continue offering them to Sudbury and Manitoulin’s diverse population in both rural and urban areas. The training itself is composed of 5 modules that equip parents with skills to be more trauma-informed each week and caregivers are provided support to reduce the barriers they face in accessing the care they need.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Dépôt centre communautaire d’alimentation – Montréal, QC

The Depot will use Bell’s support to expand a health and wellness collective garden with three weekly sessions for vulnerable populations. The sessions will support 60 patients with mental health issues to attend Horticultural Therapy sessions. Close monitoring by social workers and community partners will ensure that participants know what community supports are available to them, and they will be accompanied in seeking them when needed.

Community Fund Québec 2020

East Hants Family Resources Centre – Elmsdale, NS

The East Hants Family Resource Centre is dedicated to nurturing and supporting healthy family life through quality child and family development programs. Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the creation of Mother’s Wellness 2.0, an eight-week, two-hour support group for up to 10 moms facing stress, anxiety, or depression adjusting to life with a baby in the first year.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

École de musique Alain-Caron – Rivière-du-Loup (QC)

The project Espace Transition promotes an intervention approach focused on personal recovery by advocating the active involvement of youth with mental health issues through creative context. Creative spaces at École de musique Alain-Caron will allow 40 young participants to express their creative potential and provides an innovative form of intervention that complements conventional hospital-based therapy.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Eva’s Initiatives For Homeless Youth – Toronto, ON

Eva’s Initiatives provides shelter, transitional housing, and programming to help young people struggling with substance use and mental illness build brighter futures free of homelessness. The funding will enhance services offered at the facility including case management, counselling, crisis intervention, housing, and peer support. The program is designed to provide an encouraging atmosphere in which youth are supported in developing their minds, bodies, and spirits.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

FamilySmart – Vancouver, BC

FamilySmart practice training aims to improve child and youth mental health by bringing together service providers, families, and youth facing mental health challenges to learn the skills to work together more collaboratively. The training includes group discussions, small group work, role-plays, videos, interactive activities, and discussion of case studies and real-life stories. The funding will allow the FamilySmart practice training program to be made available through video and podcast.

Community Fund British Columbia 2020

FIREFLY – Kenora, ON

FIREFLY provides emotional, physical, developmental, and community services for children across Northwestern Ontario. With the donation from Bell Let’s Talk, they will offer virtual counselling, which will reduce wait times and expand services to youth who are more comfortable using their smartphones to talk about mental health and wellness.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Fondation À Notre Santé de l'hôpital HAD – Victoriaville, QC

The Foundation will offer new art therapy workshops led by a professional artist mediator accompanied by a mental health worker from the hospital. Sessions will be offered once a week for 28 weeks in three separate sessions to support more than 500 hospitalized mental health patients throughout the year.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Fondation du Centre jeunesse de Montréal – Montréal, QC

Fondation du Centre jeunesse de Montréal mobilizes the community to support the Centre jeunesse de Montréal, which aims to improve the well-being and social integration of children and youth on the island of Montreal. The funding from Bell Let’s Talk will be used to expand the number of sensory calming rooms at the Centre. These sensory rooms offer the children safe spaces to calm down and to start to work on themselves.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Fondation Santé Beauce-Etcehmin – Saint-Georges, QC

The Bell Let’s Talk donation will finance the salary of a mental health professional who will set up a new self-care reference bank for people living with anxiety. The project will be done in collaboration with a Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) researcher and project manager and training will be provided to 50 other CISSS workers who will deploy the new service to help 1000 people.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Fondation Santé Urbaine – Montréal, QC

Fondation Santé Urbaine will use the donation from Bell Let’s Talk to acquire therapeutic recreation equipment for the Café des Pairs, a meeting place made available to 2500 mental health patients, conveniently located at Notre-Dame Hospital. The Café provides a non-stigmatizing space outside of the formal therapeutic framework so that users can have access to a place for exchanging ideas, for socialization opportunities, and to have access to computers for training and personal needs.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Grand River Hospital Foundation – Kitchener, ON

Grand River Hospital is the leading authority on mental health in Kitchener Waterloo region with 30 psychiatrists and 115 beds available for mental health care. Bell Let’s Talk funding will subsidize a child/youth worker’s salary who will assist every client by identifying community activities that support pro-social bonding and build resiliency and other skills essential to recovery.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Hawkesbury & District General Hospital (HGH) Foundation – Hawkesbury, ON

The walk-in counselling clinic is a new initiative from the HGH mental health and addiction department. This new clinic will serve clients 16 years of age and older with the support of social workers, psychotherapists, and counsellors. The clinic will be open one day a week, and operation will increase with demand which will significantly reduce the current wait time of 4 to 18 months to receive counselling at HGH.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Home Horizon Georgian Triangle Residential Services – Collingwood, ON

Home Horizon supports women and their families by providing transitional housing during times of crisis. Clients receive one professional therapy session per week. Bell Let’s Talk funding will double these mental wellness therapy sessions enabling more effective client mental health evaluations in order to improve access to appropriate treatment leading to positive outcomes.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Hope+Me- Mood Disorders Association of Ontario & Toronto – Toronto, ON

Hope+Me- will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to translate their existing program into Traditional Chinese (Cantonese) and Simplified Chinese (Mandarin) and to form an Asian youth advisory committee. The program’s goal is to encourage Asian youth to advocate for the mental health and the well-being of others in their community.

Community Fund Ontario 2020