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

82%

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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Black Youth Success

The Black Youth School Success Initiative (BYSSI)’s project will address mental health needs of Black youth in grades 6-12, by addressing positive outcomes via community awareness, youth leadership, enhanced mental health supports and mentorship.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2022

Wolf Lake First Nation

The “Youth on The Trails” project will target youth from 12 to 17 years who are members of the Wolf Lake First Nation community, or communities nearby. They will meet weekly in the Mahingan Sagahigan Health and Wellness Centre to participate in activities focusing on land based learning, cultural arts and crafts, and will reinforce important values such as the seven grandfather teachings and encompass all parts of the body: mind, and spirit, and will provide opportunities for youth to connect with local Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

Diversity Fund Québec 2022

Kitikmeot Heritage Society

The “Expanding Access to Inuinnait-Led and Informed Wellbeing: Evidence-Based Strategies for Healing Alongside Language Revival” project will provide ongoing mental health awareness training to equip staff and a local team of Elders with an understanding of intergenerational issues, the individual and community barriers to language acquisition and provide them with strategies to effectively support all those who are part of this process.

Diversity Fund Territories 2022

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

Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.

The Cultural Wellness – Elder Care Project will draw on Indigenous people’s inner strength and resilience through reclamation of culture, in addition to traditional mental-health supports. Regular, consistent access to Indigenous Elders, traditional medicines, culture, ceremony, time spent on the land with Indigenous mentors are all part of this program.

Diversity Fund Prairies 2022

Crow Shield Lodge

This project will improve access to mental health care, support and services for members of the Indigenous community by creating a stable and reliable place where they can come experience and learn about their traditional healing practices. The sweat lodge ceremony addresses wellness from an Indigenous perspective that is land-based, community driven, inclusive, and spirit-led.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2022

Moksha Canada Foundation

Moksha Canada's project will provide two streams of free mental health support to York-Region based racialized and/or newcomer youth. The first stream will be free drop-in counselling sessions where youth will be able to have 1-on-1 conversations with a qualified therapist specializing in cultural adjustment. The second stream will be a support group, facilitated by a community Youth Outreach Worker.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2022

Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance

The Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance (W2SA) develops culturally specific supports for the Two-Spirit community of the Atlantic Canada and Gaspé region, representing 36 First Nations communities, 6 Inuit communities of Labrador, and 2 Innu Nations. The project will enhance the mental health of the Two-Spirit community in developing a mental health strategy for Two-Spirits in the region through Two-Spirit gatherings, an app development, and cultural competency training.

Diversity Fund Atlantic 2022

Les Ballons Intensifs

The project aims to provide specific training on mental health issues and their symptoms to 36 camp coordinators and counsellors as well as 250 youth and 125 parents in order to deconstruct certain prejudices, to better equip them to seek resources when necessary and to develop their resilience when faced with adversity.

Diversity Fund Québec 2022

African Canadian Development and Prevention Network

"It's ok not to be ok" project activities will provide culturally adapted information and support to women, men, and children in the English-speaking Black community in Montréal, who are vulnerable because of their status as minorities both linguistically and ethnoculturally. Through their partnership with the Department of Youth Protection, ACDPN has a network of over 150 families who receive services through ACDPN. This program will be an additional service offering to the families.

Diversity Fund Québec 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

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