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

Megaphone & Hope in Shadows - Vancouver & Victoria, BC

This project will promote mental health through access to meaningful employment by supporting more homeless and low-income vendors to work in Vancouver and Victoria. The organization will use Bell funds to hire 2 vendor coordinators and an assistant vendor coordinator who will implement a recruitment strategy in both cities, including skills-building orientation sessions, a sales reward program, advanced skills workshops, peer mentorship, social services referrals and individual coaching.

Community Fund British Columbia 2018

Kelowna Foundation for Hope and Social Innovation – Kelowna, BC

Bell funding will help the Kelowna Foundation launch the Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna (CAC). The CAC will bring a multi-disciplinary team of experts under one roof to provide critical support services to children, up to 19 years of age, suffering from abuse, neglect, exploitation or psychological mistreatment. This centralized approach means a more integrated response to the issues experienced by these vulnerable children, enabling them to tell their story in a safe and secure environment surrounded by the support they need, when they need it most.

Community Fund British Columbia 2018

NEED2 Suicide Prevention Education & Support – Victoria, BC

To enhance its suicide prevention and intervention initiatives, NEED2 will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to increase its follow-up activities with about 200 high-risk youth across Canada. This will enable NEED2 staff to reassess suicide risk, explore and adjust the safety plan and provide alternate coping strategies and appropriate referrals to outside agencies.

Community Fund British Columbia 2018

FamilySmart - Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health – Vancouver, BC

With its grant, FamilySmart will expand its Parent in Residence/Youth in Residence program which provides peer support, mentorship and navigation services that connect young people and their families with the available mental health services in their community. Using the lived experience of youth and parents who have navigated complex support systems for themselves as young people, or for their children, the program assists more than 10,000 families each year.

Community Fund British Columbia 2017

Greater Victoria Citizens' Counselling Centre – Victoria, BC

The infusion of BLT funding will enable the Centre to expand its Volunteer Counsellor Training Program, providing 10-month-long training for 18 additional volunteers who will provide 4,500 more hours of short-term, affordable counselling to adults on a wide range of mental health and addiction issues. The Centre has been providing that counselling to about 1,200 people a year since 1969.

Community Fund British Columbia 2017

Kelowna General Hospital Foundation – Kelowna, BC

Within its innovative Foundry Kelowna initiative – a new approach to early intervention in mental health and substance abuse services in the community – the Foundation will leverage BLT funding to hire and train new staff. The focus will be on the all-important Youth Navigator Service which will offer a single place for struggling young people to connect directly to an array of programs and services.

Community Fund British Columbia 2017

Canadian Bipolar Association – North Vancouver, BC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the Association to provide training to more peer supporters throughout the province, putting them through a rigorous 2-month course to learn communications and problem-solving techniques and effective coping strategies with which they can help other clients better balance their wellness and improve their methods of self-management.

Community Fund British Columbia 2016

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society – Victoria, BC

In its work to assist in the settlement and adjustment of newcomers to Canada, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to hire an Assessment Coordinator who will assess clients and refer them to the appropriate branch of the Immigrant and Refugee Wellness Centre. This person will also train frontline workers from 3 other organizations to recognize trauma in their clients and know when to refer them for assessment.

Community Fund British Columbia 2016