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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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

CMHA Central Alberta – Red Deer, AB

The Canadian Mental Health Association in Central Alberta promotes community wellness, supporting people with mental illness, brain injury, and addictions. Based on community needs, the systems navigation/crisis counsellor team provides 450 people hands-on assistance and short-term planning and support through interim crises such as helping with paperwork or appeals, court or medical appointments, housing/landlord issues, as well as many other needs.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) – Winnipeg, MB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the organization to create a cross-cultural mental health awareness and navigation project for 150 newcomer youth in Winnipeg. The project will include mental health discussion sessions incorporated into after school programming and structured sessions led by in-house educators and guest speakers. Also, a youth leadership group will attend a mental health first aid course, after which they will provide support to their peers.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

Integrated Youth Services (IYS) Hubs Manitoba

A $1 million donation through the Bell-Graham Boeckh Foundation partnership will support the expansion integrated youth services (IYS) hubs in Manitoba. Through the initiative, three additional youth hub sites will be established in the province, bringing together mental health care, addiction services, primary care, peer support and other social services in a youth-friendly, ‘one-stop-shop’ model.

Major gifts Prairies 2020

Maskwacis Mobile Mental Health Inc. – Maskwacis, AB

The Indigenous mobile mental health team provides culturally specific mental health services to the Maskwacis territory for Cree peoples. The services include a 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention and management, community mental health training, referrals, and mobile response. The services and training bridge a clinical western approach with Indigenous Cree land-based practice in collaboration with elders, knowledge keepers, traditional healers, social workers, and nurses.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

Mental Health Foundation – Edmonton, AB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the hiring of a peer support worker at the newly opened Access 24/7 Addiction and Mental Health Centre. The Centre is a centrally located, welcoming space for those looking for mental health support in the Greater Edmonton Area. Peer support workers compliment a multidisciplinary team, providing client-focused, recovery-based, and culturally appropriate care to those who seek services within the mental healthcare system.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

Peguis Foundation

Bell Let's Talk supports at-risk youth in Peguis First Nation with the Bell Spirit and the Land Excursion Camp. Bell Let's Talk announced a donation of $110,000 to the Peguis Foundation and SunLodge Village to support a 4-season land-based traditional wellness program for at-risk youth in Peguis First Nation.

Major gifts Prairies 2020

Pembina Counselling Centre – Morden, MB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will provide a sliding fee scale so that clients can access counselling services despite financial concerns. The program will allow a further 250 clients to be served in addition to the Centre’s 500 existing clients.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

Pembina Trails School Division Educational Support Fund – Winnipeg, MB

Support from Bell Let’s Talk will provide training to two educators to deliver the connect parenting program. The focus will be on 100 caregivers of teens at risk of non-completion of school, involvement in the criminal justice system, and the mental health issues that arise with anxiety, depression, addiction, and parent-child conflict.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

Rainbow Resource Centre – Winnipeg, MB

This project will provide affirming counselling services for 25 members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in southeastern Manitoba. The counsellor will offer Skype and phone counselling to youth and their families.

Community Fund Prairies 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

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 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