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.

1,327,476,135

Total number of interactions

$121,373,806.75

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

4,578,467

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 million

in Community Fund grants

2,421,999

crisis and distress

line users

2,054,216

children & youth reached

891,553

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,464,961

trained staff and volunteers

20,346

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

82%

of Canadians reported believing attitudes about mental illness have changed for the better

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2021

Find out where the funds go

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Aulneau Renewal Centre (ARC) - Winnipeg, MB

The mission of ARC is to empower personal growth by providing compassionate counselling and therapy services and to build the capacity of attachment-informed practice through training and education. Their pilot project DBT Skills Group will provide bilingual Dialectical Behaviour Therapy which builds mindfulness practices, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness skills for 125 youth.

Community Fund Prairies 2021

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services - Toronto, ON

This organization provides health, settlement and other relevant services to vulnerable immigrant and refugee communities. Their project aims to support women who are at greater risk of surviving domestic violence heightened by the COVID-19 crisis. Guided by trauma and culturally informed art therapy techniques, this expressive arts project will mobilize a range of allied service providers and engage peer support to provide clients with a safe, supportive and resilience-promoting space, both online and in-person. Using carefully selected art mediums, this intervention will address mental health issues associated with shame, stigma, isolation and trauma as a result of domestic violence.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

African Community Wellness Initiative

The African Community Wellness Initiative (ACWI)’s Afrocentric Counselling Services will be led by practitioners who will provide culturally anchored therapeutic counselling and psycho-educational group sessions to up to 75 African, Caribbean, Black Identifying (ACBI) women and youth, annually.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2021

Alexandra Park Community Centre (APCC) - Toronto, ON

The organization will work with mental health experts and consultants to deliver community-based cognitive behavioural therapy training for their frontline staff who work and interact with individuals with serious mental illness. Staff on the front lines are often required to administer mental health support and care to program participants, however many are not equipped with the skills to do this effectively. With Bell funds, this evidence-informed training opportunity will provide staff with practical tools and techniques to assess and intervene when needed.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Alternative Residences Alternatives - Dieppe, NB

Alternative Residences provide a continuum of community-based housing with support services and amenities to over 74 adults living with mental health challenges in the Greater Moncton area. With Community Fund support, they will hire a community support worker who will help residents access appropriate mental health care and encourage personal growth and community awareness. Detailed services and care through personal assistance regarding budgeting, grocery shopping, menu planning, chores, education, medical and emotional support, social awareness, and recreational activities will allow residents to live more independently.

Community Fund Atlantic 2021

Aunt Leah’s Place - New Westminster, BC

The Link: Mental Health Supports for Youth from Care program is a collaboration between Aunt Leah’s Place and the Dan’s Legacy Foundation. The project will expand on-site mental health supports at Aunt Leah’s Youth Hub Resource Centre in Vancouver to 168 at-risk youth either in care or aging out of care. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support clinical counselling staff salaries to provide virtual, in-person, and off-site socially distanced counselling.

Community Fund British Columbia 2021

AutonHommie, centre de ressources sur la condition masculine Québec - Québec, QC

AutonHommie is an organization dedicated to supporting men living with challenges. Their project Point of Support will pay the salary of a therapist to offer free individual therapy consultations both in person or online. This will help 100 men leading community organizations and small to medium businesses who do not have access to employee benefits, connect with the mental health support they need.

Community Fund Québec 2021

Bell Let's Talk Post-Secondary Fund Implementation Grants

The $1 million annual Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund Implementation Grants program supports colleges and universities that are using the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students to identify specific gaps or needs in their mental health support services and are building new initiatives to address them. For more information click here.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2021

Bell Let's Talk Post-Secondary Fund Kickoff Grants

Bell Let’s Talk awarded more than $3 million in initial grants from the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund to 123 Canadian colleges and universities to support them in the initial implementation of the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students. To see a complete list of universities and colleges that received a $25,000 Kickoff Grant, please click here.

Post-Secondary Fund Multiple regions 2021

Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund

Bell announced the launch of the 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. Post-secondary institutions can now apply for a kickoff grant to cover start-up costs associated with implementing the Standard, followed by the opportunity to seek funding for specific student mental health initiatives in spring 2021. For more information click here.

Post-Secondary Fund Multiple regions 2021

Bell Let’s Talk-Brain Canada Mental Health Research Program

Brain Canada and Bell Let’s Talk announced the new Bell Let’s Talk-Brain Canada Mental Health Research Program to accelerate Canadian brain research while helping to address the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health care. Funding for the program is made up of a $2 million gift from Bell Let’s Talk matched by the federal government through the Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF).

Major gifts Multiple regions 2021

BGC Winnipeg - Winnipeg, MB

Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg has grown to become one of the city’s leading youth-serving agencies, offering a safe alternative to the streets during the evening and after-school hours. The COVID Trauma Recovery project will train the organization’s frontline staff to support the mental health needs of 70 children and youth as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Mental Health First Aid and trauma-informed counselling, Psychological First Aid, and strengths-based behaviour management are some of the supports and services the project will provide.

Community Fund Prairies 2021

Big Brothers and Sisters of South-West Durham - Ajax, ON

Switch Gears 2.0 - Enhancing Young Men’s Mental Health engages male youth ages 10 to 14 in ten weekly virtual group discussions, activities and games to promote and teach positive mental health. Led by trained adult male mentors, each week focuses on a different topic related to men’s mental health like anxiety and depression, stress management, violence prevention, communication skills and resiliency. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will engage up to 50 additional young men in their mental health program.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Big Brothers Big Sisters of York - Aurora & York Region, ON

The Strengthening Resiliency project engages children and youth (6-17) with an elevated risk to their mental health, resulting from their own personal experience with mental health concerns, a caregiver with mental illness, or trauma and adversities that are scientifically proven to have lasting negative effects into adulthood. Project participants are paired with a screened and uniquely suited adult mentor in a one-to-one match for a period of 6-36 months. Bell funds will allow the organization to hire additional staff to effectively manage the increase in demand for services and decrease the waitlist.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Borderline Personality Disorder Society of BC - North Saanich (C.-B.)

The COVID-19 crisis has amplified the pre-existing risk of death by suicide in the highly marginalized borderline personality disorder population. The organization will implement a 16-week community Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) program which includes a weekly virtual two-hour skills group, a one-hour consultation team meeting, and 10-minute crisis calls as needed for 40 clients. The facilitators themselves have lived experience and advanced comprehensive DBT training.

Community Fund British Columbia 2021