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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Abri de la Rive-Sud – Longueuil, QC

L’Abri de la Rive-Sud is a mixed housing service for homeless women and men to help them get off the streets and enable them to take control of their lives and assume their rightful place in the community. The funding from Bell Let’s Talk will be used to hire a resource to establish better practices and tools that include a mental health component to offer appropriate services to 600 people.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Accès PSY – Québec, QC

The donation from Bell Let’s Talk will facilitate access to psychological services for at least 40 people from low-income families who do not have the means to access psychological services offered in the private sector. The funding will also make it possible to expand services to new remote geographic areas in Québec, namely Northern Québec, Abitibi, and Gaspésie. Sessions are offered with a 40% to 70% reduction of regular rates, depending on the persons income.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Alternative Naissance – Montréal, QC

Alternative Naissance has been offering activities and services aimed at humanizing birth and supporting families during the perinatal period. The funding will enable postpartum meetings to support and soothe parents experiencing perinatal bereavement or a difficult delivery for 38 new mothers and their spouses. Meetings will consist of 10 perinatal bereavement support sessions and three series of 12 meetings for difficult childbirth reaching 50 women per year.

Community Fund Québec 2020

AQPAMM : Association québécoise des parents et amis de la personne atteinte de maladie mentale – Montréal, QC

The contribution from Bell Let’s Talk will be used for the T’as ta place! online tool that aims to attract youth that are caregivers of family members with mental health issues to help them understand the important role they play towards the recovery of their loved ones. The program will support 159 young people who are mental health caregivers for family members and provide same-day psychosocial support via text or in person, online information workshops as well as drama and art therapy workshops on the island of Montréal.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale – Québec, QC

Le Grand Rassemblement Jeunesse en Santé Mentale is a project that focuses on developing a community among youth with mental health difficulties by sharing their experiences. The objective is to expand services in new geographic areas to include larger segments of the youth population. Eighty-five participants from five different regions in Québec will benefit from the program.

Community Fund Québec 2020

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

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