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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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

Cirque Hors Piste – Montréal, QC

Cirque Hors-Piste will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to put in place a five-month project for 45 young people from Montréal, Kuujjuaq, and Igloolik living with mental health issues, an experience to take part in a collaborative circus creation process during which they will prepare a performance together. The project consists of eight social circus workshops that will enable local outreach teams to build trust with hard-to-reach youth, set social goals with each one, and help them develop life skills towards physical and mental well-being.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Dépôt centre communautaire d’alimentation – Montréal, QC

The Depot will use Bell’s support to expand a health and wellness collective garden with three weekly sessions for vulnerable populations. The sessions will support 60 patients with mental health issues to attend Horticultural Therapy sessions. Close monitoring by social workers and community partners will ensure that participants know what community supports are available to them, and they will be accompanied in seeking them when needed.

Community Fund Québec 2020

École de musique Alain-Caron – Rivière-du-Loup (QC)

The project Espace Transition promotes an intervention approach focused on personal recovery by advocating the active involvement of youth with mental health issues through creative context. Creative spaces at École de musique Alain-Caron will allow 40 young participants to express their creative potential and provides an innovative form of intervention that complements conventional hospital-based therapy.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Fondation À Notre Santé de l'hôpital HAD – Victoriaville, QC

The Foundation will offer new art therapy workshops led by a professional artist mediator accompanied by a mental health worker from the hospital. Sessions will be offered once a week for 28 weeks in three separate sessions to support more than 500 hospitalized mental health patients throughout the year.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Fondation de ma vie

Bell Let's Talk announced a donation of $225,000 to Fondation de ma vie for the refurbishment of 5 psychiatric departments at 3 hospitals in Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean. Bell's donation, along with a $75,000 investment by the Fondation, will have a meaningful impact on patients and their families in the region, enhancing the support available close to home.

Major gifts Québec 2020

Fondation du Centre jeunesse de Montréal – Montréal, QC

Fondation du Centre jeunesse de Montréal mobilizes the community to support the Centre jeunesse de Montréal, which aims to improve the well-being and social integration of children and youth on the island of Montreal. The funding from Bell Let’s Talk will be used to expand the number of sensory calming rooms at the Centre. These sensory rooms offer the children safe spaces to calm down and to start to work on themselves.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Fondation Santé Beauce-Etcehmin – Saint-Georges, QC

The Bell Let’s Talk donation will finance the salary of a mental health professional who will set up a new self-care reference bank for people living with anxiety. The project will be done in collaboration with a Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) researcher and project manager and training will be provided to 50 other CISSS workers who will deploy the new service to help 1000 people.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Fondation Santé Urbaine – Montréal, QC

Fondation Santé Urbaine will use the donation from Bell Let’s Talk to acquire therapeutic recreation equipment for the Café des Pairs, a meeting place made available to 2500 mental health patients, conveniently located at Notre-Dame Hospital. The Café provides a non-stigmatizing space outside of the formal therapeutic framework so that users can have access to a place for exchanging ideas, for socialization opportunities, and to have access to computers for training and personal needs.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Intègr’action jeunesse – Québec, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a cooking workshop that is both an intervention tool and an educational project offered to 90 at-risk youth in four high schools. This workshop aims at developing culinary skills, awareness of healthy lifestyle habits, and social involvement. Workshops are supervised by a chef and a social worker who works in close collaboration with teachers and community support organizations to improve youth mental health.

Community Fund Québec 2020

L’Amarrage – Val-Belair, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will increase the number of customized prevention workshops from two to three to help 45 Indigenous people in the Québec City region. Workshops are co-constructed with the participants and the counsellor based on particular cultural and social characteristics of the Indigenous communities. Workshops use adapted language and meaningful examples by integrating a holistic approach and cultural security as a way to provide support and promote good mental health.

Community Fund Québec 2020

La rue des Femmes – Montréal, QC

In collaboration with public health partners, the Bell Let’s Talk grant will help to expand the range of therapeutic care activities and services for 1600 homeless women in the downtown Montréal area. Activities and services include psychotherapy, art therapy, drama therapy, addiction counselling, and choir.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Le 2159 – Longueil, QC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will be used to hire an additional social worker responsible for psychosocial follow-ups who will support 175 at-risk youth aged between 15 and 25 years old, many of whom suffer from various forms of mental illness. This project aims to prevent and counter homelessness, delinquency, and sexual exploitation while helping youth break isolation and develop their autonomy.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Le CAP (Centre d’apprentissage parallèle de Montréal) – Montréal, QC

The Bell Let’s Talk donation will enable Le CAP to expand its art therapy workshops and offer them in the evening and weekends. The project contributes to improving the mental health of 300 participants living in the downtown Montréal area. Through a personalized creation process and the preparation of an art exhibition where they will display their art, participants have an opportunity to learn how to better manage their emotions in a stimulating and caring environment.

Community Fund Québec 2020