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

Power To Be – Victoria, BC

Power To Be partners with other Vancouver-based mental health providers to offer nature-based programming, such as hiking, kayaking, camping, and snowshoeing, for individuals living with mental health challenges and addictions. In doing so, they will help 100 participants rebuild their confidence, try new activities, and practice regaining independence and self-awareness as well as reducing stress and anxiety and increasing positive health outcomes.

Community Fund British Columbia 2020

The John Howard Society of North Island – Campbell River, BC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the organization to offer a free mentoring program to 100 children between six and 18-years old that foster life skills and build resiliency to help prevent mental health and substance use challenges. The program connects young people with trained adult volunteer mentors who spend three or more hours with their mentee doing recreational activities each week.

Community Fund British Columbia 2020

School District #36 (Surrey) – Surrey, BC

This program will allow an all-female staff team from the safe schools department to provide weekly after-school learning sessions for students. The goal is to increase knowledge and capacity around healthy relationships, addiction, gang violence, and positive self-care for 40 at-risk female youth in the Surrey School District who have become involved in gang-related activity.

Community Fund British Columbia 2020

NEED2 Suicide Prevention Education & Support – Victoria, BC

This project will further develop and expand the Youthspace.ca suicide prevention chat and text follow-up service. Follow-ups are calls or texts to young people who have contacted Youthspace with suicidal thoughts. The follow-ups review safety plans, assess further risk and coping strategies, and provide emotional support for 180 youth in the Greater Victoria region.

Community Fund British Columbia 2020

FamilySmart – Vancouver, BC

FamilySmart practice training aims to improve child and youth mental health by bringing together service providers, families, and youth facing mental health challenges to learn the skills to work together more collaboratively. The training includes group discussions, small group work, role-plays, videos, interactive activities, and discussion of case studies and real-life stories. The funding will allow the FamilySmart practice training program to be made available through video and podcast.

Community Fund British Columbia 2020

Summit Youth Centre – Invermere, BC

The organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to create a series of specialized educational workshops addressing youth mental health issues through a proactive and preventative framework, helping to building resiliency and increase overall mental wellness. Workshops will be offered weekly in 4 elementary schools, 1 high school and in 7 difference communities, and will include ASIST and Mental Health First Aid Training for both staff and youth.

Community Fund British Columbia 2019

Communitas Supportive Care Society – Abbotsford, BC

Providing care in communities across BC to those living with disabilities, Communitas will use Bell funding to expand their Peer Support Program. Peer Support Workers have lived experience with mental illness and come alongside of people in the community who are currently experiencing mental health challenges. This funding will enable Communitas to provide 12 additional hours of support per week to 5 to 6 individuals not currently connected to a mental health centre. The funding will also support 3 new Wellness Recovery Action Plan community workshops for up to 12 individuals.

Community Fund British Columbia 2019

Aunt Leah’s Place – New Westminster, BC

In partnership with Dan’s Legacy Foundation, Aunt Leah’s Place provides free, on-site clinical counselling for youth from foster care with histories of abuse, neglect and mental health issues. Funding will enable an expanded counselling program to be offered after office hours and during weekends at Aunt Leah’s Youth Hub Resource Centre, helping to close the gap in mental health support services for foster children past the age of 19 in the Lower Mainland.

Community Fund British Columbia 2019