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

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

4,578,467

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 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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Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund

Bell announced the launch of the 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. Post-secondary institutions can now apply for a kickoff grant to cover start-up costs associated with implementing the Standard, followed by the opportunity to seek funding for specific student mental health initiatives in spring 2021. For more information click here.

Post-Secondary Fund Multiple regions 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

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 Multiple regions 2021

Bell Let's Talk Post-Secondary Fund Kickoff Grants

Bell Let’s Talk awarded more than $3 million in initial grants from the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund to 123 Canadian colleges and universities to support them in the initial implementation of the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students. To see a complete list of universities and colleges that received a $25,000 Kickoff Grant, please click here.

Post-Secondary Fund 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

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

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 Multiple regions 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 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

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

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

St. John Ambulance

Bell Let's Talk today announced a $150,000 donation to St. John Ambulance that will support the integration of mental health training in standard and emergency First Aid courses.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2017

Rise Asset Development

Bell's funding of $500,000 will be used towards expanding the Rise Asset Development Loan Fund across communities in Ontario and building a strategic plan to extend the program nationally across Canada.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2016

Canadian Red Cross

A $150,000 donation from Bell Let's Talk will see the Canadian Red Cross will incorporate mental health programming into its standard first aid training and launch a new Canadian Red Cross program focused on training first responders to look beyond physical symptoms and evaluate emotional well-being following an emergency such as a natural disaster.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2016