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. 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. In January 2021 we launched the new Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund to support Canadian colleges and universities in implementing the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students.

To learn more about all Bell Let’s Talk funding opportunities click here.

Small action. Big impact.

1,327,476,135

Total number of interactions

$121,373,806.75

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

4,578,467

Canadians with access to mental health services

$13 million

in Community Fund grants

2,421,999

crisis and distress

line users

2,054,216

children & youth reached

891,553

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,464,961

trained staff and volunteers

20,346

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

82%

of Canadians reported believing attitudes about mental illness have changed for the better

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2021

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QEII Foundation

The QEII Foundation announced a gift of $420,000 from Bell Let’s Talk to support the introduction of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) at the Nova Scotia Hospital and Valley Regional Hospital. rTMS is used to stimulate or inhibit nerve cells in the brain to alleviate symptoms of depression. The therapy is intended for the one-third of people with major depressive disorders who don't respond to medication, bringing new hope to this population.

Major gifts Atlantic 2021

Jack.org

Bell Let’s Talk and Jack.org announced a $500,000 investment over the next 5 years to equip Jack Chapter leaders with training, mentorship and digital education tools to support the mental health of young people across the country.

Major gifts Ontario 2021

Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC)

Supported by a $250,000 donation from Bell Let's Talk, McGill University, The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) and the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital are pleased to announce the official launch of the Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC). This unique online resource seeks to improve the quality and availability of mental health services for people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including new Canadians, refugees and members of established ethnocultural communities.

Major gifts Québec 2021

Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine

The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation announced the launch of an unprecedented intensive ambulatory care pilot program for patients being treated for an eating disorder (ED) that also incorporates an innovative remote support component. Enabled by a $300,000 donation from Bell Let's Talk, this new initiative will help young people and their families in their home environments, wherever they may live in Québec.

Major gifts Québec 2021

Bell Let’s Talk-Brain Canada Mental Health Research Program

Brain Canada and Bell Let’s Talk announced the new Bell Let’s Talk-Brain Canada Mental Health Research Program to accelerate Canadian brain research while helping to address the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health care. Funding for the program is made up of a $2 million gift from Bell Let’s Talk matched by the federal government through the Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF).

Major gifts Québec 2021

Integrated Youth Services (IYS) Hubs Manitoba

A $1 million donation through the Bell-Graham Boeckh Foundation partnership will support the expansion integrated youth services (IYS) hubs in Manitoba. Through the initiative, three additional youth hub sites will be established in the province, bringing together mental health care, addiction services, primary care, peer support and other social services in a youth-friendly, ‘one-stop-shop’ model.

Major gifts Prairies 2020

Strongest Families Institute

Bell Let’s Talk, Northwestel and the Government of the Northwest Territories donate $500,000 to Strongest Families Institute to provide mental health services for children, youth, adults and families throughout the Northwest Territories.

Major gifts Territories 2020

Peguis Foundation

Bell Let's Talk supports at-risk youth in Peguis First Nation with the Bell Spirit and the Land Excursion Camp. Bell Let's Talk announced a donation of $110,000 to the Peguis Foundation and SunLodge Village to support a 4-season land-based traditional wellness program for at-risk youth in Peguis First Nation.

Major gifts Prairies 2020

William Osler Health System Foundation

Bell Let's Talk announced a donation of $420,000 to William Osler Health System (Osler) to support a new repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) Clinic at Osler's Brampton Civic Hospital. The clinic is part of Osler's innovative Stepped Care Program that provides leading-edge, high-intensity treatment for patients with mental illness.

Major gifts Ontario 2020

Fondation de ma vie

Bell Let's Talk announced a donation of $225,000 to Fondation de ma vie for the refurbishment of 5 psychiatric departments at 3 hospitals in Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean. Bell's donation, along with a $75,000 investment by the Fondation, will have a meaningful impact on patients and their families in the region, enhancing the support available close to home.

Major gifts Québec 2020

Partnership with Graham Boeckh Foundation

A $10 million national partnership with Montréal’s Graham Boeckh Foundation will accelerate the delivery of mental health services for young people through Integrated Youth Services (IYS) hubs.

Major gifts Québec 2020

Aire ouverte

Bell Let’s Talk and Graham Boeckh Foundation’s first donation will support Aire ouverte’s existing youth hubs in Laval, Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and Sept-Îles and 4 new sites currently in development. Aire ouverte will receive a multi-year gift of $1 million to support programming at the existing centres, help launch the new hub sites and develop a shared governance model and standardized metrics.

Major gifts Québec 2020

Support for mental health during COVID-19

Part of a $5 million increase in Bell Let’s Talk funding in response to COVID-19, donations to Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Mental Health Association, Kids Help Phone, Revivre and Strongest Families Institute are enabling them to enhance their efforts to support Canadians confronting isolation, anxiety and other challenges during the crisis.

Major gifts Ontario 2020

Canadian Red Cross

Bell Let's Talk and the Canadian Red Cross announced a $700,000 donation to help support the mental well-being of Canadians during COVID-19 with a significant expansion of the Friendly Calls program in communities with increased demand for mental health services. As part of a $5 million increase in Bell Let's Talk funding in response to COVID-19 with immediate support for 5 organizations delivering urgent mental health support on the front lines of Canadian communities, the announcement builds on an earlier $250,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross in March 2020.

Major gifts Atlantic 2020

Canadian Mental Health Association

Bell Let's Talk and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) announced a $1 million donation to expand the mental health supports available remotely for Canadians with the introduction of the CMHA's BounceBack® program to the Atlantic provinces, Québec, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Yukon, and further expansion of the program in Manitoba. The announcement builds on an earlier $250,000 donation to CMHA in March to support the organization’s COVID-19 response.

Major gifts Québec 2020