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

Eating Disorders Nova Scotia – Halifax, NS

Funding will support a new approach to support for those with eating disorders by creating 12-week group sessions delivered online. The change is designed to address issues cited by participants in the original program who reported feeling shamed and demoralized during in-person sessions as well as difficulties travelling to the 3 centres where it was offered. The online groups will ensure anonymity and be available across the province rather than in limited locations.

Community Fund Atlantic 2018

Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County – Sydney, NS

The Association provides free basic education/literacy and GED prep classes to local adults. More than 80% of its clients live in poverty, 47% self identify as challenged by mental health issues and 17% struggle with addictions. Bell Let’s Talk funds will train 2 staff members as mental health first aid instructors who would then provide the course to all staff and students.

Community Fund Atlantic 2018

IWK’s SeaStar Child and Youth Advocacy Centre – Halifax, NS

The Centre provides coordinated services and support, all in one place, for children, youth and their families who have experienced violence or abuse. It brings together professionals from different agencies to provide seamless access to wrap-around services. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the salary of the Program Coordinator who will build capacity and sustainability as the program prepares for the next phase of expansion.

Community Fund Atlantic 2018

Family Services PEI – Charlottetown, PEI

Building on the therapeutic benefits of knitting, this collaboration between Family Service PEI and PEI Association for Newcomers offers a 10-week program for newcomer women called Knitting to Detangle Mental Health. Bell funding will support hiring a registered clinical social worker to facilitate the program which includes mental health information and issue awareness in a cross-cultural context while introducing knitting as an outlet for creativity and social interaction.

Community Fund Atlantic 2018

Strongest Families Institute

Bell Let's Talk and all 4 Atlantic provinces today announced unprecedented support for child and youth mental health across the region with a combined gift of $2 million to the Strongest Families Institute.

Major gifts Atlantic 2017

Atlantic Wellness Community Centre, Inc. – Riverview, NB

Since opening in 2012, the Centre has provided free and timely mental health care and crisis intervention to more than 1,000 youth and their families, with about 10 new referrals coming through the door each week. With the Bell Let’s Talk grant, the Centre will be able to provide an additional 1,500 hours of free mental health service for youth and young adults aged 12-21, 900 more hours at the Centre’s facility and 600 additional outreach hours in communities across south-eastern New Brunswick.

Community Fund Atlantic 2017

Brigadoon Village – Halifax, NS

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the operation of this unique camp and recreational facility in the Annapolis Valley where children with chronic illness, special needs and other health challenges can enjoy a traditional sleep-away camp where they can feel ordinary. Each summer, more than 500 kids get a much-needed break from the health care system where they have spent much of their lives.

Community Fund Atlantic 2017

Choices for Youth – St. John’s, NL

Choices for Youth (CFY) serves at-risk and homeless youth (16-29 years old) in the St. John's metro region by addressing everything from meeting basic shelter to counselling to enable integration into the wider community. BLT funding will support the Man to Man mental health peer support group, a facilitated mental health group for male-identifying youth who have mental health and/or substance abuse issues that, over 38 weeks, will address emotional intelligence and self awareness skills while building community in a group of 15 youths.

Community Fund Atlantic 2017