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

Find out where the funds go

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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

Canadian Mental Health Association – St. John’s, NL

The Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable CMHA Newfoundland and Labrador to facilitate the health first aid for seniors for 105 participants in St. John’s, Clarenville, and Grand Falls-Windsor. The 14-hour course will train participants to effectively respond to emerging mental health issues or crisis until the situation is resolved, or appropriate treatment is found. Participants would include those who work with seniors, such as informal caregivers, family members, friends, and neighbours.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

Brigadoon Village – Halifax, NS

Brigadoon Village is a year-round non-profit recreational facility, designed for children living with health conditions or other life challenges. The funding will support Camp Believe, a week-long camp for 500 kids between 10 and 18 years old who are impacted by a parent or guardian’s mental illness, where kids can create meaningful connections with others who have similar experiences.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

Second Story Women’s Centre – Lunenburg, NS

Second Story Women’s Centre works to enhance women’s lives by providing free services and education designed to promote personal growth, community awareness, and social change in Lunenburg, Chester, and Queens. Funding from Bell Let’s Talk will support an outreach coordinator who will work with the counsellors to build a strong trauma-informed support system for 60 survivors of human trafficking and sexual assault.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

North End Community Health Centre – Halifax, NS

The North End Community Health Centre was established in 1971 in response to an absence of primary health care and other health services in Halifax’s North End. The Pause Mental Health Walk-In clinic provides community members access to a 45-minute counselling session on a first-come, first-served basis. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the Centre to expand the services and hours offered in north end community.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

East Hants Family Resources Centre – Elmsdale, NS

The East Hants Family Resource Centre is dedicated to nurturing and supporting healthy family life through quality child and family development programs. Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the creation of Mother’s Wellness 2.0, an eight-week, two-hour support group for up to 10 moms facing stress, anxiety, or depression adjusting to life with a baby in the first year.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

CMHA Halifax-Dartmouth Branch – Halifax, NS

Funding from Bell Let’s donation will increase access to the building social connectedness project, a one-to-one and small group mental health social support program for isolated adults living with moderate to severe mental illness. The project will reduce loneliness and social isolation and increase access to social support and mental health care by fostering a sense of belonging, resilience, hope, and wellbeing.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

Prince Edward Island Ground Search and Rescue – Stratford, PEI

Prince Edward Island Ground Search and Rescue is a volunteer-based, non-profit, charitable organization. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the cost of a five-day training session for two social workers to become master trainers in the Working Mind: First Responders program. The program will focus on improving the mental health of volunteers who sometimes face difficult situations when conducting a search and rescue mission.

Community Fund Atlantic 2020

The John Howard Society of Fredericton - Fredericton, NB

The Society provides affordable housing and support to high acuity homeless individuals in Fredericton. Bell Let’s Talk funding will be used to support the training and hiring of a Chronic and Episodic Homelessness Mental Health Peer Support Worker, increasing the Society’s capacity to offer integral peer support services to their clients.

Community Fund Atlantic 2019

Healthy Start, Healthy Future – New Brunswick

The organization’s peer-support program, Life With A Baby, provides in-person and online programs and resources to help parents of children up to age 6 navigate Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, avoid social isolation, and gain support and connection with other parents. Bell Let’s Talk funding will be used to develop and execute 10 additional support groups in isolated communities in New Brunswick over the course of one year.

Community Fund Atlantic 2019

YMCA of Greater Moncton – Moncton, NB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will be used to operate the Plusone Mentoring program in the Greater Moncton area, engaging and equipping young people to overcome the challenges they face. The program will support over 120 youth ages 10 to 17 in developing healthy relationships and coping mechanisms, helping them integrate into their community, and increasing their sense of resilience and personal ambition for the future.

Community Fund Atlantic 2019

Chalmers Foundation – Fredericton, NB

The Foundation and Horizon Health’s Addiction & Mental Health Staff will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training to 25 primary care providers, as well as Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies accreditation for 3 peer mentors. Mentors will then be able to provide further supervision and training, allowing for a standardized and sustainable training process for all Addictions and Mental Health staff providing direct care in the Fredericton and Upper River Valley region of New Brunswick. This grant will also support the acquisition of resource materials to further expand the training to 25 health care community-based practitioners.

Community Fund Atlantic 2019

SPLASH Centre - Harbour Grace Community Youth Network– Harbour Grace, NL

The Community Fund grant will enable 2 individuals from rural Newfoundland to complete the Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact With Youth training, to become certified Mental Health First Aid instructors. Instructors will then provide training to adults in the community on how to better understand and respond to youth struggling with mental health issues.

Community Fund Atlantic 2019

The Gathering Place – St. John’s, NL

The Gathering Place is a street level, community service centre that provides primary health care and social supports to persons who are homeless or precariously housed. The organization will use their Bell funding to empower their participants with lived experience to become peer supporters. 1 staff member will become a Mental Health First Aid trainer and will deliver subsequent training to Peer to Peer program leaders with lived experience, enabling them to support the guests and become an advisory voice for mental health programs and addiction services.

Community Fund Atlantic 2019