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

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

5,556,332

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 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

82%

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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The Alex Community Health Centre – Calgary, AB

The Alex Community Health Centre will provide a place for 100 members of Calgary’s Indigenous people to access culturally safe, non-judgmental support, in response to the growing demand for services that are tailored to the unique needs of the Indigenous community. An Indigenous peer support worker will welcome people and provide system navigation, mentoring, and reflective listening, as well as be a connection and conduit to the organization's other programs and services.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

The Do More Agriculture Foundation – Melfort, SK

The Do More Agriculture Community Fund takes mental health training to rural agriculture communities across Canada. The focus is on bringing education, awareness, and prevention strategies to these communities. The organization is currently offering two educational components: mental health first aid certification, and a half-day workshop tailored to mental health in agriculture. By certifying individuals in mental health first aid, they can act as a support to their families and community. Continuing to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness may also help the 40% of farmers who report they would not feel comfortable seeking professional assistance to do so.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

The Fort McMurray School Division – Fort McMurray, AB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the school to contract a qualified Indigenous teacher/counsellor to implement a peer mentor program and provide classes in the Cree and Dene languages. The teacher/counsellor will be able to teach Indigenous studies and mental health curriculum including suicide prevention to 125 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students identified as at-risk or diagnosed with severe mental health needs.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

The John Howard Society of North Island – Campbell River, BC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the organization to offer a free mentoring program to 100 children between six and 18-years old that foster life skills and build resiliency to help prevent mental health and substance use challenges. The program connects young people with trained adult volunteer mentors who spend three or more hours with their mentee doing recreational activities each week.

Community Fund British Columbia 2020

The Milton District Hospital Foundation – Milton, ON

Support from Bell Let’s Talk will fund additional mental health clinician hours to provide telephone follow up to individuals who visited the Milton District Hospital emergency department with suicidal thoughts. Currently, they have a mental health crisis nurse on staff eight hours a day, seven days a week to care for patients presenting at the emergency department with a mental health crisis. Supporting community members in Milton and its surrounding areas, the additional hours will provide better follow-up for patients with suicidal thoughts.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

The Neighbourhood Group Community Services – Toronto, ON

Partnering with Planned Parenthood Toronto, Ryerson University Youth Psychology Services, and East Metro Youth Services (EMYS), The Neighbourhood Group Community Services offers health care services for at-risk youth in a non-clinical, community setting. Funding from Bell Let’s Talk helps their two integrated model care clinics provide youth with free, timely access to on-site mental and sexual health care services during after-school drop-ins. Approximately 200 youth who face ongoing violence, exploitation, and abuse will have access weekly to a psychologist, therapist, and nurse during clinic hours to overcome anxiety, depression, and suicidality.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

The Psychology Foundation of Canada – Calgary, AB

With the help of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary, the Psychology Foundation of Canada will offer the Stronger Minds make for Stronger Kids program. Employing the Kids Have Stress Too! and stress lesson programs, these psychology-based programs will promote coping skills, build resilience, and encourage the development of social and emotional strengths in 50 children and youth, improving the capacity of staff and families to help youth in their care identify and manage their stress.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

The Sashbear Foundation – North Bay, ON

The Sashbear Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity recognized as one of the leading Canadian voices for families in awareness and access to treatment for emotional dysregulation, suicide prevention, and mental health resiliency. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the translation of their program materials for two French-speaking communities. The program will positively impact family members, providing a toolbox of skills to help them care for themselves and be more effective in their relationships leading to better outcomes for loved ones struggling with mental illness.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Victim Services of Durham Region – Whitby, ON

Victim Services of Durham Region (VSDR) is an organization that works to provide immediate crisis intervention, systems advocacy, and financial support to victims of crimes and sudden tragedies. One of their programs will support over 250 human trafficking survivors and provide care for their mental health needs. The PROS Crisis Intervention Worker will offer mental health counselling, case management and systems advocacy to navigate subsidized housing, social assistance and the police. PROS will connect survivors to expedited longer term trauma health counselling.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Ways Mental Health Support – London, ON

Ways Mental Health Support is an accredited child and youth mental health agency providing housing, counselling, and crisis support for at-risk children and youth in London-Middlesex and Chatham-Kent. Bell Let’s Talk funding will contribute to the creation of an intensive community-based, transitional-age program for youth who lack adequate supports and are transitioning to independence from unstable housing, youth residential services or foster care.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association – Essex, ON

The donation from Bell Let’s Talk will bring Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) to 50 first responders living with occupational stress injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. EFP is a form of experiential therapy using horses as facilitators for growth and learning. The treatment team consists of a certified equine specialist, a mental health facilitator, and a first responder representative who will apply learned knowledge and experience with the recovery of PTSD.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Youth Impact Jeunesse – Moncton, NB

The purpose of Youth Impact Jeunesse is to provide quality care and guidance to children and youth between 10 and 24 years of age, with social, emotional, and mental health challenges. The Bell Let’s Talk funds will benefit Youth QUEST, Youth Impact Jeunesses’ youth drop-in centre. The Centre is a one-stop-shop for young people and provides access to basic services such as food, clothing, showers, and laundry. It also offers support with addiction, employment, education, and housing services.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

YWCA NWT – Yellowknife, NT

Bell Let’s Talk funding will be used to hire and train an in-house mental health support worker who will assist 55 women struggling with mental illness and who are victims of trauma, the majority of whom are Indigenous. The program will provide cultural programming such as beading and talking circles, and facilitate access to community mental health resources.

Community Fund Territories 2020