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

$28 million in funding

Young Canadians

$3.1 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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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 Multiple regions 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 Multiple regions 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 Multiple regions 2020

Relief

Bell Let's Talk announced a $650,000 donation to Relief (formerly known as Revivre) to kick off the SolidaiRevivre campaign and launch virtual mental health services to support more people during the COVID-19 crisis. The donation is part of a $5 million increase in Bell Let’s Talk funding in response to COVID-19, announced in March.

Major gifts Québec 2020

Kids Help Phone

Bell Let’s Talk and Kids Help Phone announced a national $1 million investment to enhance ongoing crisis support for young people coping with mental health challenges during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. The donation is part of a $5 million increase in Bell Let’s Talk funding in response to COVID-19, announced in March.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2020

Strongest Families Institute

Bell Let’s Talk and the Manitoba government donate a joint $1 million over 5 years to the Strongest Families Institute (SFI) to expand mental health services for children, youth and their families throughout Manitoba. SFI is an award-winning organization delivering evidence-based programs for children, youth and families dealing with mild to moderate mental illness and other health issues. Its unique distance coaching approach, which offers support for families day or night and in the privacy of their own homes, is also the only program of its kind in the country with a no-waitlist policy for families with children and youth.

Major gifts Prairies 2019

Bear Clan Patrol

Bell Let's Talk and the City of Winnipeg donate a combined $200,000 to Bear Clan Patrol, the community-based organization providing safety and belonging, mental wellness support, conflict resolution and crime prevention for vulnerable people in the community. Funding will help Bear Clan Patrol expand patrol coverage, grow its food distribution program and add a new resource for the counselling program.

Major gifts Prairies 2019

Université du Québec à Montréal

A $500,000 donation to the Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide, Ethical Issues and End-of-Life Practices (CRISE) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) will be used to develop a first of its kind project aimed at preventing suicide by making optimal use of today’s digital communications tools.

Major gifts Québec 2019

CHEO

A $300,000 donation to CHEO, a pediatric health and research centre in Ottawa, will support the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA), a program to help reduce wait times and improve access to mental health care. CAPA decreases wait times and streamlines service delivery, empowering patients and families to be stewards of their own mental health through collaboration with clinicians to determine the optimum treatment plan.

Major gifts Ontario 2019

Montréal organizations delivering mental health services to homeless people

A $300,000 donation to Accueil Bonneau, Welcome Hall Mission and the Old Brewery Mission will support the organizations' work caring for those coping with homelessness in Montréal.

Major gifts Québec 2019

Behavioural Health Foundation

A donation of $240,000 to the Behavioural Health Foundation (BHF) will support Indigenous programming as a core component of holistic residential treatment for adults and families affected by addictions and co-occurring mental health issues.

Major gifts Prairies 2019

Montreal General Hospital

A donation of $400,000 to the Montreal General Hospital Foundation (MGHF) to acquire a new repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) device and a neuronavigator. These devices will help McGill University Health Centre’s (MUHC) Mental Health Mission increase access to its Neuromodulation Unit for people living with mental health issues.

Major gifts Québec 2018

Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin

Bell Let's Talk announced a donation of $150,000 to Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin (OPK) to expand its mental health services for Indigenous youth in Winnipeg that encourage healing and resiliency through programs to develop life skills.

Major gifts Prairies 2018

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Bell Let's Talk and The Rossy Family Foundation (The RFF) donate $1 million for the creation of a national standard for post-secondary student mental health to support student success on campuses across Canada. The RFF and Bell Let's Talk have engaged the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to lead the project to establish the standard in collaboration with Canada's standards setting organizations.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2018

Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation

Bell Let's Talk announced a $500,000 donation to the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation (FIUSMM) to support innovation projects at the institute's Research Centre, including the development of mobile applications aimed at improving the lives of people living with mental health issues.

Major gifts Québec 2018