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

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 over

3,806,409

Canadians with access to mental health services

$13 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

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

Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation – St. John’s, NL

Bell Let’s Talk funding will be used to modernize and complete a play therapy room for mental health and addictions patients who receive care via the Janeway Family Centre, the province’s hospital for children. The grant will cover the cost of new toys, play structures, dolls, and so on for the play therapy room.

Community Fund Atlantic 2018

The University of New Brunswick Psychological Centre – Fredericton, NB

As the primary training facility for doctoral students in UNB's clinical psychology program, the Centre will use BLT funding to provide Unified Protocol training to staff and graduate students, as well as enhancing parent education. The Unified Protocol is an emotion-focused approach to address risk factors and common features for mood and anxiety disorders tailored to adolescents.

Community Fund Atlantic 2018

YMCA of Greater Saint John – Saint John, NB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the YMCA’s Settling Strongly program aimed building the mental wellness and resilience of newcomers to the area. Specifically, the program is aimed at helping recently arrived former refugees together connect with mental health practitioners for a 6-week trauma informed therapy group, expediting referrals where needed in cases of high-risk behaviours.

Community Fund Atlantic 2018

St. John’s Women’s Centre – St. John’s, NL

To reduce waiting times of 15 months or more, the Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the St. John's Status of Women Council/Women's Centre and the School of Social Work at Memorial University to expand their drop-in counselling program – Right Here, Right Now – which they pioneered in 2016. Almost a third of their clients have been waitlisted for the free counselling services until now.

Community Fund Atlantic 2018