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.

1,168,302,700

Total number of interactions

$113,415,135

committed

to mental health initiatives

775

Community Fund grants

$20.8 million in funding

Children & Youth

$2.7 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$2.1 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,100 organizations who have supported

4,422,134

Canadians with access to mental health services

$13 million

in Community Fund grants

2,354,193

crisis and distress

line users

1,897,883

children & youth reached

804,105

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,461,211

trained staff and volunteers

20,346

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

83%

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

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2021

QEII Foundation

The QEII Foundation announced a gift of $420,000 from Bell Let’s Talk to support the introduction of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) at the Nova Scotia Hospital and Valley Regional Hospital. rTMS is used to stimulate or inhibit nerve cells in the brain to alleviate symptoms of depression. The therapy is intended for the one-third of people with major depressive disorders who don't respond to medication, bringing new hope to this population.

Major gifts Atlantic 2021

North End Community Health Association

North End Community Health Association’s Rapid Response Program is a responsive to a need identified by the African Nova Scotian community. This program will provide mental health services to prevent individual crisis, support the community in times of need, and further help to minimize the gap in health outcomes experienced by African Nova Scotians because of racism and poverty.

Diversity Fund Atlantic 2021

Canadian Red Cross

Bell Let's Talk and the Canadian Red Cross announced a $700,000 donation to help support the mental well-being of Canadians during COVID-19 with a significant expansion of the Friendly Calls program in communities with increased demand for mental health services. As part of a $5 million increase in Bell Let's Talk funding in response to COVID-19 with immediate support for 5 organizations delivering urgent mental health support on the front lines of Canadian communities, the announcement builds on an earlier $250,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross in March 2020.

Major gifts Atlantic 2020

Atlantic Wellness – Moncton, NB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable Atlantic Wellness to operate its same-day mental health clinic pilot project as a permanent clinic. The clinic allows the therapists to deliver immediate access to services when youth and families need it the most. Anyone can access the clinic for up to three 75-minute sessions within a 3 month time period.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

New Brunswick Association of Fire Chiefs – Dieppe, NB

The New Brunswick Association of Fire Chiefs is the voice of over 5,000 officers and fire fighters within the province of New Brunswick. The Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the training and implementation of a peer support network for the firefighting community. Twenty firefighters will be trained who will then manage the peer support line. The network will aim to offer 24/7 peer support for firefighters who may be struggling with their mental health.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

Youth Impact Jeunesse – Moncton, NB

The purpose of Youth Impact Jeunesse is to provide quality care and guidance to children and youth between 10 and 24 years of age, with social, emotional, and mental health challenges. The Bell Let’s Talk funds will benefit Youth QUEST, Youth Impact Jeunesses’ youth drop-in centre. The Centre is a one-stop-shop for young people and provides access to basic services such as food, clothing, showers, and laundry. It also offers support with addiction, employment, education, and housing services.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

Stella’s Circle – St. John’s, NL

Stella’s Circle provides integrated wrap-around services to adults who face many barriers that prevent them from fully participating in the community, such as mental health challenges, addictions, trauma, poverty, homelessness, criminal justice involvement, low literacy, and long periods of unemployment. The funding would provide 10 sessions of training for each of the 125 Stella’s Circle staff on the implementation of a peer support model for the organization.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

Choices for Youth – St. John’s, NL

Choices for Youth provides individualized supports for young people in St. John’s. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the RallyForward program which provides access to affordable housing to 100 at-risk young people between the ages of 16 and 29 years old. With houses spread over the downtown St. John’s area, combined with community partners and private landlords, this program provides supportive housing options, focusing on eviction prevention, case management, and crisis response.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020