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.

1,491,774,955

Total number of interactions

$129,588,747.75

committed

to mental health initiatives

888

Community Fund grants

$28.6 million in funding

Young Canadians

$3.3 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$2.1 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,300 organizations who have supported

5,556,332

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 million

in Community Fund grants

2,427,991

crisis and distress

line users

2,159,817

children & youth reached

909,000

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,469,600

trained staff and volunteers

22,824

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

78%

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

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2022

Find out where the funds go

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Canadian Red Cross

Bell Let's Talk and the Canadian Red Cross announced a $250,000 partnership to enhance access to crisis support for people living with mental health challenges in Indigenous communities in Manitoba and around Canada with the expansion of the Friendly Calls program. This support will help the Red Cross to work with regional Indigenous organizations, including the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, to develop and expand the Friendly Calls program to serve the unique experience of Indigenous people with a focus on cultural safety and community accessibility. This gift is a major commitment from a gift to Canadian Red Cross announced in 2020 to help support the mental well-being of Canadians during COVID-19.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2022

Strongest Families Institute

Bell Let’s Talk, Northwestel and the Government of Yukon partnered to contribute $370,000 to the Strongest Families Institute to expand mental health services for children, youth, adults and families throughout the Yukon.

Major gifts Territories 2022

CERVO Foundation

Bell Let's Talk announced $250,000 to CERVO Foundation to facilitate the purchase of a 2nd neuromodulation device at the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de la Capitale-Nationale which will help develop new avenues for mental health care. The additional device will double the availability of effective treatment for patients with certain psychiatric illnesses who are often resistant to standard treatments.

Major gifts Québec 2022

Foundry

The Bell-Graham Boeckh Foundation Partnership announced a $1.5M donation to St. Paul's Foundation in support of Foundry to continue to transform youth mental health in BC and share knowledge and best practices around Canada. The donation will help to bolster Foundry's Research team and its Knowledge Translation and Exchange (KTE) team over the next three years to improve integrated health and social services for youth and their families and caregivers in BC and support other emerging Integrated Youth Services (IYS) initiatives around the country and beyond.

Major gifts British Columbia 2022

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 Multiple regions 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). In January 2022, Bell Let’s Talk and Brain Canada announced five outstanding research teams have been selected to receive a total of $4,190,000 in funding support through the program.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2021

Rise

A $1 million from Bell Let’s Talk to Rise will build more local small businesses and empower Canadians affected by mental illness and addictions towards greater social and economic well-being through entrepreneurship training, mentorship & lending. Rise’s expansion into Manitoba in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association Manitoba and Winnipeg has also been made possible through Bell’s new gift.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2021

Integrated Youth Services (IYS) New Brunswick

With support from the Bell-Graham Boeckh Foundation partnership and the Government of New Brunswick, United Way Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick launched the Regional Strategic Coordinators project in Kent County and Miramichi. The Regional Strategic Coordinators will help children and youth aged 13 to 21 facing mental health and addiction challenges connect to who and what they need for success in school and life.

Major gifts Atlantic 2021

Bell Let's Talk Post-Secondary Fund Implementation Grants

The $1 million annual Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund Implementation Grants program supports colleges and universities that are using the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students to identify specific gaps or needs in their mental health support services and are building new initiatives to address them. For more information click here.

Major gifts Multiple regions 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