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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Scarborough Women’s Centre – Scarborough, ON

Scarborough Women’s Centre is a unique resource centre for women marginalized by mental and emotional health issues, isolation, poverty, and abuse. They offer free professional counselling services for women so they can overcome barriers to success, develop strategies to achieve their goals and navigate systems relevant to their needs. Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the addition of 10 hours per week of counselling supporting approximately 20 more women per month.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

School District #36 (Surrey) – Surrey, BC

This program will allow an all-female staff team from the safe schools department to provide weekly after-school learning sessions for students. The goal is to increase knowledge and capacity around healthy relationships, addiction, gang violence, and positive self-care for 40 at-risk female youth in the Surrey School District who have become involved in gang-related activity.

Community Fund British Columbia 2020

Second Story Women’s Centre – Lunenburg, NS

Second Story Women’s Centre works to enhance women’s lives by providing free services and education designed to promote personal growth, community awareness, and social change in Lunenburg, Chester, and Queens. Funding from Bell Let’s Talk will support an outreach coordinator who will work with the counsellors to build a strong trauma-informed support system for 60 survivors of human trafficking and sexual assault.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

Seeds of Hope Foundation – Toronto, ON

Seeds of Hope is on a mission to build self-sustaining communities that enable individuals to have autonomy over their life. Bell’s funding would support 21 WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) and three peer support training groups, each with 14 participants. WRAP is a wellness program designed to enrich and save lives by allowing participants to understand triggers, stresses, and effective management of life during a crisis. WRAP is especially precious at a time like now when society and individuals are faced with managing through the global COVID-19 crisis.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Sentier Urbain – Montréal, QC

In partnership with La rue des femmes, an organization that helps homeless women, funds will be used to expand social outreach projects and to hire a psychosocial worker to help 75 women with mental health issues. Therapeutic community gardening activities will enable women to access healthy food and participate in community kitchen workshops to improve socialization, eating habits and their well-being.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Smilezone Foundation – Oakville, ON

Smilezone Foundation is a children’s health charity that aspires to transforms children’s health care centres into bright, engaging, and therapeutic Smilezones for kids of any age, ability, and interest to enjoy while they receive emotional, physical, mental health and developmental services. Funding from Bell Let’s Talk will allow the transformation of four spaces in Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services in Brantford to be more comforting, engaging, and purposeful with integrations best suited to benefit the children. These transformations include sensory tables, tactile wall panels, iPad stations, bookshelves, and magnetic whiteboards.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Social Planning Council of Ottawa – Ottawa, ON

The Social Planning Council takes a holistic approach to community development by integrating research, planning, and community building in Ottawa. The project consists of promoting mental wellness, capacity building, and an advocacy photography program for newcomer youth. Youth will learn about mental wellness, coping, stigma reduction, and help-seeking while learning life skills and, breaking social isolation.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Société de réadaptation et dintégration communautaire (SRIC) – Lévis, QC

The SRIC will offer community follow-up services to support people with mental health issues leaving a supervised housing environment and moving out on their own. The project will assist 60 people in their social integration. A social worker will be responsible for setting goals for each person, documenting his/her interactions and interventions, and determining the extent to which the goals have been met.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Société Québécoise de la Schizophrénie et des psychoses apparentées (SQS) – Montréal, QC

The Bell Let’s Talk donation will pay the salary of a second peer supporter to serve as a model of hope, a coach, and a resource to offer support for people with schizophrenia. The peer helper will accompany 200 people with serious mental health issues via workshops and less formal coffee shop meetings. The additional peer support person will also enable the SQS to expand its outreach service as well in smaller remoter cities outside of Montréal.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Stella’s Circle – St. John’s, NL

Stella’s Circle provides integrated wrap-around services to adults who face many barriers that prevent them from fully participating in the community, such as mental health challenges, addictions, trauma, poverty, homelessness, criminal justice involvement, low literacy, and long periods of unemployment. The funding would provide 10 sessions of training for each of the 125 Stella’s Circle staff on the implementation of a peer support model for the organization.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

Strongest Families Institute

Bell Let’s Talk, Northwestel and the Government of the Northwest Territories donate $500,000 to Strongest Families Institute to provide mental health services for children, youth, adults and families throughout the Northwest Territories.

Major gifts Territories 2020

Support for mental health during COVID-19

Part of a $5 million increase in Bell Let’s Talk funding in response to COVID-19, donations to Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Mental Health Association, Kids Help Phone, Revivre and Strongest Families Institute are enabling them to enhance their efforts to support Canadians confronting isolation, anxiety and other challenges during the crisis.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2020

TAO TEL-AIDE – Ottawa, ON

TAO TEL-AIDE offers 24/7 telephone counselling 365 days of the year supporting French speaking communities throughout the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow TEL-AIDE to build a committee of seniors to help identify the needs of callers aged 50 and over, improve volunteer training and promote the services of TEL-AIDE to seniors. The goals are to maintain positive mental health among the target group through the phone support service, and to recruit volunteers aged 50 and over by encouraging young retirees to continue an active and fulfilling life.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Teach For Canada – Toronto, ON

Teach For Canada launched to help students and teachers succeed in remote First Nations by supporting them with ongoing mental health training. Bell funding will allow the organization’s certified facilitators to equip 50 teachers and 300 adult allies, including caretakers, school staff, administrators, and community members, with safeTALK. Through this project, the teachers and allies will be equipped with the tools to recognize and take action when someone near them requires lifesaving intervention.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

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