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

82%

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

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2022

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African Canadian Development and Prevention Network

"It's ok not to be ok" project activities will provide culturally adapted information and support to women, men, and children in the English-speaking Black community in Montréal, who are vulnerable because of their status as minorities both linguistically and ethnoculturally. Through their partnership with the Department of Youth Protection, ACDPN has a network of over 150 families who receive services through ACDPN. This program will be an additional service offering to the families.

Diversity Fund Québec 2022

Assiniboine Community College – Implementation Grant

Funded through the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund, a new Peer Support Program for Wellness will provide a supportive, safe and inclusive post-secondary environment at the college. The student-led program will create additional supports, training, referrals and inclusive and safe spaces where students can collaborate and support each other.

Post-Secondary Fund Prairies 2022

Black Youth Success

The Black Youth School Success Initiative (BYSSI)’s project will address mental health needs of Black youth in grades 6-12, by addressing positive outcomes via community awareness, youth leadership, enhanced mental health supports and mentorship.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2022

Canadian Red Cross

Bell Let's Talk and the Canadian Red Cross announced a $250,000 partnership to enhance access to crisis support for people living with mental health challenges in Indigenous communities in Manitoba and around Canada with the expansion of the Friendly Calls program. This support will help the Red Cross to work with regional Indigenous organizations, including the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, to develop and expand the Friendly Calls program to serve the unique experience of Indigenous people with a focus on cultural safety and community accessibility. This gift is a major commitment from a gift to Canadian Red Cross announced in 2020 to help support the mental well-being of Canadians during COVID-19.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2022

Cégep de Sherbrooke – Implementation Grant

The Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the creation, implementation and evaluation of a pilot training project offered to the entire community, which will allow students to acquire concrete tools related to psychological health and focus on the development of various psychosocial and socio-emotional skills that promote well-being. It will also allow implementation of an ambitious campaign to raise awareness, create a culture of caring and promote psychological health within the institution.

Post-Secondary Fund Québec 2022

Centennial College, George Brown College, Humber College, Seneca College and Sheridan College (GTA) – Implementation Grant

Bell Let’s Talk will support a collaborative partnership between five Colleges in the GTA. The colleges will work together to develop an implementation framework and create a rubric of exemplary practice to asses and identify examples of indicators for each dimension of the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students.

Post-Secondary Fund Ontario 2022

CERVO Foundation

Bell Let's Talk announced $250,000 to CERVO Foundation to facilitate the purchase of a 2nd neuromodulation device at the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de la Capitale-Nationale which will help develop new avenues for mental health care. The additional device will double the availability of effective treatment for patients with certain psychiatric illnesses who are often resistant to standard treatments.

Major gifts Québec 2022

Crow Shield Lodge

This project will improve access to mental health care, support and services for members of the Indigenous community by creating a stable and reliable place where they can come experience and learn about their traditional healing practices. The sweat lodge ceremony addresses wellness from an Indigenous perspective that is land-based, community driven, inclusive, and spirit-led.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2022

École de technologie supérieure – Implementation Grant

The Bell Let’s Talk funding will provide resources to create and implement awareness and promotion of healthy life habits and offer mental health strategies during outside normal hours. This will help fill a gap in services for their unique and isolated students, often coming from outside Montréal or international students.

Post-Secondary Fund Québec 2022

Healthy Start, Healthy Future

The “Mental Health for Us, by Us” program is a phased project to develop sustainable perinatal mental health peer-support programming tailored to marginalized groups, particularly those part of the BIPOC community.

Diversity Fund Multiple regions 2022

Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.

The Cultural Wellness – Elder Care Project will draw on Indigenous people’s inner strength and resilience through reclamation of culture, in addition to traditional mental-health supports. Regular, consistent access to Indigenous Elders, traditional medicines, culture, ceremony, time spent on the land with Indigenous mentors are all part of this program.

Diversity Fund Prairies 2022

Kitikmeot Heritage Society

The “Expanding Access to Inuinnait-Led and Informed Wellbeing: Evidence-Based Strategies for Healing Alongside Language Revival” project will provide ongoing mental health awareness training to equip staff and a local team of Elders with an understanding of intergenerational issues, the individual and community barriers to language acquisition and provide them with strategies to effectively support all those who are part of this process.

Diversity Fund Territories 2022

L’Hybridé

L’Hybridé will offer face to face or virtual psychotherapy services throughout Quebec and will share its expertise on international adoption issues and its psychological repercussions with interns, trainees, community organizations, universities and health service providers through conferences and training sessions.

Diversity Fund Québec 2022

Lakehead University – Implementation Grant

Bell Let's Talk will assist with Lakehead's initiative to support students’ mental health by building individual capacity to sustain well-being and by increasing the availability and scope of resources available to students. The initiative includes a mental health screening program, increased training for members of the campus communities to recognize signs of distress, the development of a mental health dashboard and a campus-wide anti-stigma campaign.

Post-Secondary Fund Ontario 2022

Les Ballons Intensifs

The project aims to provide specific training on mental health issues and their symptoms to 36 camp coordinators and counsellors as well as 250 youth and 125 parents in order to deconstruct certain prejudices, to better equip them to seek resources when necessary and to develop their resilience when faced with adversity.

Diversity Fund Québec 2022