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. Click here for more information.

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. For more information, click here.

Small action. Big impact.

1,168,302,700

Total number of interactions

$108,415,135

committed

to mental health initiatives

657

Community Fund grants

$17.5 million in funding

Children & Youth

$2.2 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$1.82 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,000 organizations who have supported over

3,806,409

Canadians with access to mental health services

+$11 million

in Community Fund grants

2,312,193

crisis and distress

line users

1,739,136

children & youth reached

792,363

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,455,078

trained staff and volunteers

19,376

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 2010-2020

Thrive – St. John’s, NL

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support Thrive’s Education Programs, including the new THREADS project (Teaching Hope & Resiliency through Education, Arts, Drama, and Story), aimed at youth with mental health issues who are not being supported through the traditional school system. The programs provide youth with educational supports as well as connections to help overcome non-academic barriers to success including trauma, mental illness and poverty.

Community Fund Atlantic 2019

Self-Help Connection – Nova Scotia

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the ongoing WRAP (Wellness and Recovery Action Plan) program, enabling the training of 2 to 3 WRAP facilitators in 8 regions within Nova Scotia. Facilitators will be supported in developing and facilitating self-help groups, increasing the capacity to support mental health and wellness in their communities.

Community Fund Atlantic 2019

Laing House – Halifax, NS

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the development of community building programs at the Foundation’s new Sackville Youth Centre for youth, ages 13 to 24, who are living with mental health challenges. Programs will create a supportive community where vulnerable youth can talk about their mental health challenges, have positive interactions with peers and trusted adults and learn basic skills to support their wellness.

Community Fund Atlantic 2019

The Tema Foundation – Halifax, NS

The Tema Foundation is dedicated to the education and support of all first responders and their families in regards to Critical Incident Stress (CIS) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Bell funding will be used to run an Education Day open to 600 First Responders and their families, focused on improving the understanding of CIS and PTSD and dealing with diagnosis, treatment, resilience and next steps.

Community Fund Atlantic 2019

Northwood, Halifax Campus - Halifax, NS

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support staffing for the organization’s Seeds of Success mental health and wellness support program for individuals living in their long term care facility. Open to participants who have a mental health condition or are experiencing psychosocial issues, the program promotes positive mental health and wellness through purposeful therapeutic activities.

Community Fund Atlantic 2019

Boys & Girls Club of Charlottetown – Charlottetown, PEI

Bell funding will support the project design, development and promotion of the Club’s new after-school intervention program, Reach for the Stars. The project will target vulnerable youth ages 12-15 who are at risk of developing mental health and addiction challenges, engaging them in life-skills development, healthy peer socialization, and confidence-building activities with positive adult mentors in a safe, stigma-free, learning environment.

Community Fund Atlantic 2019

KV Oasis Youth Centre – Quispamsis, NB

By enabling 2 staff members to be trained as suicide intervention facilitators, and 2 more to become mental health first aid facilitators, this organization will use the funding to build awareness and extend training to local youth, parents, teachers and first responders as well as their own peer support workers who provide services to high-risk youth and families in southern New Brunswick.

Community Fund Atlantic 2018

CMHA, Newfoundland and Labrador – St. John’s, NL

Partnering with the Newfoundland English School District, this group will address the underserved western region by supporting the Talk Today program in 7 schools. Talk today is a comprehensive mental health and suicide prevention program designed for young athletes in junior high and high school. The program also provides training for all adults supporting the teams in recognizing persons with thoughts of suicide and what actions to take.

Community Fund Atlantic 2018