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

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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

Integrated Youth Services (IYS) New Brunswick

With support from the Bell-Graham Boeckh Foundation partnership and the Government of New Brunswick, United Way Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick launched the Regional Strategic Coordinators project in Kent County and Miramichi. The Regional Strategic Coordinators will help children and youth aged 13 to 21 facing mental health and addiction challenges connect to who and what they need for success in school and life.

Major gifts Atlantic 2021

Family Plus/Life Solutions - Saint John, NB

Family Plus/Life Solutions provides professional counselling, education, and advocacy for individuals and families in Saint John. Their licensed professional therapists provide clinical counselling for a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, family and relationship conflict, as well as sexual abuse treatment for children, youth, and adults. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will be able to provide 200 subsidized counselling sessions for their ACTION program (Access, Connection, Triage and Information on Needs) for addiction and mental health. ACTION provides coordinated access via telephone to their services as well as services at partnering organizations.

Community Fund Atlantic 2021

John Howard Society New Brunswick Fundy Region - Saint John, NB

For over 60 years, the John Howard Society of Saint John has assisted individuals and families who are at risk of coming into conflict with the law or have been affected by the criminal justice system. Bell Let’s Talk funding will provide an additional 100 counselling hours for their Strengths-Based Brief Solution-Focused Counselling. This counselling is an approach based on clear, solution-oriented questions, largely focused on the desired changes for the immediate future.

Community Fund Atlantic 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

New Dawn Community Development Educational Foundation - Sydney, NS

The Mental Health for All project will increase the capacity of 30 Medical First Responders (MFRs) including firefighters. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will offer emergency response volunteers free training in Mental Health First Aid (which includes ASIST Suicide Prevention) and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.

Community Fund Atlantic 2021

HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development - Halifax, NS

HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development will enable the HeART project, a mental wellness art program, for youth by youth, founded by Kayla Bernard, a Mi’kmaq youth from the community of Sipekne’katik First Nation. HeART addresses the need for access to basic mental health coping skills and non-competitive art outlets for youth in Halifax. In the program youth express themselves through a variety of creative forms, while learning and practising mindfulness in a supportive peer setting.

Community Fund Atlantic 2021

Our Health Centre Association – Chester, NS

Our Health Centre Association provides community-based health care including mental health and addictions services for the residents of the District of the Municipality of Chester and surrounding areas. Adopting best practices from another respected health care setting in the community, their PAUSE: Mental Health Walk-In Clinic provides free mental health counselling and treatment, early intervention and social supports for clients and families. Bell Let’s Talk funding will help them build capacity and better serve more than 600 clients by increasing the number of counsellors who will support them.

Community Fund Atlantic 2021

Hope Blooms - Halifax, NS

Hope Blooms engage youth, ages 5 through to 18 years living in marginalized communities in actualizing their full potential, becoming positive agents of change in their communities, and building bright futures through experiential education. With Bell Let’s Talk funding they will hire a youth navigator for one-on-one support for teens, promote access to mental health services and clinical therapists as well as build a support bridge between youth in Hope Blooms and their school to keep them actively engaged.

Community Fund Atlantic 2021

VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) Nova Scotia - Halifax, NS

VON provides at-home nursing care, home support, and community supports and services including Meals-on-Wheels for seniors and persons with disabilities and adult day programs for dependent adults and persons with dementia throughout Nova Scotia. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will provide training in Mental Health First Aid to their community support and services staff who serve this vulnerable population who are prone to mental health challenges.

Community Fund Atlantic 2021

Canadian Mental Health Association Prince Edward Island Division - Charlottetown, PEI

CMHA PEI’s mission is to facilitate access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will fund their suicide prevention program ACTT (Ask, Care, Talk, Tell) For Life workshop. Offered to all grade 9 students across the province, this program uses interactive discussions, learning tools, and several short videos presented by a trained facilitator and safely explores the topics of mental health and suicide with youth aged 13 to 19 years.

Community Fund Atlantic 2021

Burin Peninsula Health Care Foundation - Burin, NL

Burin Peninsula Health Care Foundation is located on the south coast of Newfoundland and serves the population in rural and remote communities. The BPHCF is working to both increase access and expand program delivery of mental health and addictions services by establishing six walk-in clinics in remote communities. The funding from Bell Let’s Talk will help establish and expand the clinics.

Community Fund Atlantic 2021

South and Central Health Foundation - Grand Falls-Windsor, NL

This organization serves the needs of approximately 60,000 individuals living through the southern and central areas of the island of Newfoundland. Bell funds will help outfit a multi-sensory room for their youth mental health and addiction centre called The Hope Valley Youth Treatment Centre. The treatment offered at the Centre includes individual, group, and family counselling. A sensory room, added to the facility’s mental health and addictions program, will help support stress management, anxiety levels, and behavioural problems by promoting calmness and emotion regulation.

Community Fund Atlantic 2021

Jacob Puddister Memorial Foundation - St. John’s, NL

Jacob Puddister Memorial Foundation is dedicated to providing mental health resources to youth ages 12 to 35 in Newfoundland and Labrador. They offer low-barrier mental health support with a special interest in providing trauma-informed and LGBTQIA+ informed therapy. The funding from Bell Let’s Talk will support the organization to increase hours and provide free counselling services to youth in need who are currently on a waitlist.

Community Fund Atlantic 2021