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

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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CAMÉÉ – Montréal, QC

The CAMÉÉ will add a new youth program component to existing services that are presently only geared at adults in Montréal North. Bell Let’s Talk funding will be used to furnish and equip an inviting space to help 150 youth from different ethnocultural backgrounds between 18 and 30 years old to take charge of their health at the first signs and manifestations of mental illness. The youth will be accompanied throughout their recovery process using self-management tools for mental health issues such as anxiety or hearing voices.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Canadian Mental Health Association

Bell Let's Talk and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) announced a $1 million donation to expand the mental health supports available remotely for Canadians with the introduction of the CMHA's BounceBack® program to the Atlantic provinces, Québec, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Yukon, and further expansion of the program in Manitoba. The announcement builds on an earlier $250,000 donation to CMHA in March to support the organization’s COVID-19 response.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2020

Canadian Mental Health Association – St. John’s, NL

The Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable CMHA Newfoundland and Labrador to facilitate the health first aid for seniors for 105 participants in St. John’s, Clarenville, and Grand Falls-Windsor. The 14-hour course will train participants to effectively respond to emerging mental health issues or crisis until the situation is resolved, or appropriate treatment is found. Participants would include those who work with seniors, such as informal caregivers, family members, friends, and neighbours.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

Canadian Red Cross

Bell Let's Talk and the Canadian Red Cross announced a $700,000 donation to help support the mental well-being of Canadians during COVID-19 with a significant expansion of the Friendly Calls program in communities with increased demand for mental health services. As part of a $5 million increase in Bell Let's Talk funding in response to COVID-19 with immediate support for 5 organizations delivering urgent mental health support on the front lines of Canadian communities, the announcement builds on an earlier $250,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross in March 2020.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2020

Centre d’Expertise Poids, Image et Alimentation (CEPIA) de l’Université Laval – Québec, QC

Managed by the University’s Centre d’Expertise Poids, Image et Alimentation (CEPIA), the Bell Let’s Talk donation will help develop and implement a prevention, screening, and intervention program for young Québecers between the age of 14 and 24 years old with hyperphagia (excessive and abnormal appetite for food). This will include a preventive component, a web platform presenting educational material and an instant screening test. The material will also include video clips and explanatory texts, quizzes, and bibliographical and professional references.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Centre de pédiatrie sociale de Lévis – Lévis, QC

The Centre de pédiatrie sociale de Lévis is a child-centred comprehensive health approach based on prevention and education with families in at-risk settings. Bell Let’s Talk funding will pay for the addition of a specialized mental health resource to equip the team of social workers to intervene and support the needs of the 670 children confronted with mental health issues, living in highly vulnerable environments.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Centre de pédiatrie sociale de Québec – Québec, QC

The donation from Bell Let’s Talk will allow the Centre to expand its art therapy workshops to a greater number of children and adolescents. The grant will enable the art therapist/counsellor to offer art therapy workshops to 20 children with one-on-one sessions once a week for 12 months. The objective is to develop each child’s resilience, self-esteem, and better mental health and behaviours at school and at home.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Centre de pédiatrie sociale Laval – Laval, QC

The donation from Bell Let’s Talk will fund the salary of an art therapist for new workshops designed to help at-risk children up to 14 years old living in low-income housing in Laval. The project targets children that are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or living with a parent with mental health issues or that have suffered major trauma after having recently emigrated from a foreign country. The art-therapy groups will benefit 24 children over a period of 33 weeks.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Centre de Prévention du Suicide de Senneterre – Senneterre, QC

Funding from Bell Let’s Talk will allow the organization to hire an additional resource for a suicide prevention project. The goal is to get people out of isolation through organized activities to avoid suicidal thoughts and to improve their quality of life and thus change their outlook on life. This project will increase the number of wellness activities that are offered twice a week to five times a week and will benefit 60 individuals that already use their services or that are referred to them.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Centre de Rétablissement le Renfort – Alma, QC

The donation from Bell Let’s Talk will support a project that aims to inform, educate, and empower more than 300 youth between 10 and 17 years old, who find themselves in a void for finding mental health services in the Saguenay region. The funds will pay the salary of a social worker who will help via group workshops, discussions, and awareness events in primary and secondary schools, youth centres, and at other events like summer festivals. Youth will be able to ask questions, find out about available services, and be referred as needed.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Centre Inter-Section – Gatineau, QC

Centre Inter-Section will offer a new individualized physical activity program supported by a nurse kinesiologist for patients with severe mental health issues who have become inactive. The project rethinks the way physical activity programs are managed, using individualized approaches, social support, gradual change, and active participation as guiding principles at the heart of the program that will support 125 people. The funding will also support a transfer of knowledge and training plan for one counsellor to maintain the service in the future.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Centre prévention suicide Faubourg – Saint-Jérôme, QC

In response to growing demands, the Bell Let’s Talk funding will be used to hire an additional suicide crisis counsellor to improve waiting times for bereavement support meetings. This will enable the organization to maintain these services free of charge 24 hours a day, seven days a week for approximately 8,000 people living in the Laurentian region.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Cercle des 4 vents – Montréal, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support an ongoing program of drama therapy with animal assistance workshops for 48 youth between the ages of two and 30 who are survivors of abuse and who struggle with violent impulses against themselves and/or others. The funding will be used to purchase art equipment, music instruments, and books to use by 48 participants during the 12 workshops taking place at Ferme L’Auteuilloise in Laval.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Childreach – London, ON

Childreach’s Mother Reach program is a free, weekly, drop-in support group that accepts all mothers who are experiencing symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. The group provides opportunities for peer connection and support, professionally facilitated conversations, referrals and recommendations to mental health agencies and other services, and quality care for children. Bell Let’s Talk funding will build capacity by doubling the program facilitation from one staff to two, impacting more than 100 mothers and families.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville – Brockville, ON

Partnering with the Rural Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Support Network to support children, youth, and families dealing with a dual diagnosis of mental health and FASD, the funding will help ensure that parents and caregivers are equipped with the knowledge and coping mechanisms for them and their child. Training will be in the form of Mental Health First Aid and peer support facilitation. Additional funds will be used to support therapies to best meet clients’ needs such as art, music , and equine therapy. These alternative therapies are fun, community-building activities that often develop positive mental health for the entire family.

Community Fund Ontario 2020