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

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Association québécoise de prévention du suicide - Quebec City, QC

Funding will be put toward providing suicide prevention training to three clienteles in regular contact with suicidal individuals: youth centres, family doctors and psychiatric nurses. The training focuses on youths because adolescents handled by youth centres are four times more likely to commit suicide.

Community Fund Québec 2013

Phobies-Zéro - Sainte-Julie, QC

Bell's support will make it possible to implement a panic disorder self-treatment program with peer helpers assisting youths and adults who suffer from anxiety disorders, as well as their families.

Community Fund Québec 2013

École Nationale d'Apprentissage par la Marionnette (ÉNAM) - Chicoutimi, QC

This project promotes mental health recovery through puppet art and helps fight stigmatization through shows put on by participants.

Community Fund Québec 2013

Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal

$1 million to the Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal to support innovative research and a new mental health biobank.

Major gifts Québec 2013

Stanton Territorial Health Authority

This program will improve the delivery of mental health services across Northern Canada. It will allow for the co-ordination of care for mental health patients from their first contact with the health or justice system to their return home. The program includes many facets of capacity building including: Improved training of front line staff in the police, health and justice systems.

Community Fund Territories 2013

The Support Network

This project will expand the volunteer training program providing improved access to mental health crisis services. Community members who need access to their services will be supported with improved coping mechanisms which will decrease the strain on other community resources. The program will provide valuable communication and other life skills for volunteers and ensure the Crisis Support Centre has the resources needed to deliver this valuable mental health service.

Community Fund Territories 2013

Jewish General Hospital (JGH) Foundation

A $230,000 gift to the Jewish General Hospital Foundation supports the JGH’s Child Psychiatry Transitional Care Program.

Major gifts Québec 2013

Bell True Patriot Love Fund

Bell Canada and the True Patriot Love Foundation announced the launch of the Bell True Patriot Love Fund, a $1 million program to support community mental health initiatives for Canadian military families.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2013

Brain Canada

Bell and Brain Canada announce $1 million research training fund through a new partnership in support of brain research in Canada – the Bell Mental Health Research Training Awards.

Major gifts Multiple regions 2013

Concordia University

A $500,000 donation to Concordia University’s Department of Psychology will subsidize therapy and assessment at the university’s Applied Psychology Centre and Centre for Clinical Research in Health.

Major gifts Québec 2013

Boys and Girls Club of East Dartmouth - Dartmouth, NS

The FRIENDS for Life project is an evidence-based early intervention and prevention program developed in Australia and supported by the World Health Organization to prevent and intervene in the development of anxiety and depression in children and youth. Working together with the Dartmouth Community Health Board, the IWK Health Centre, Public Health Services, Schools Plus and the Boys & Girls Club, they will offer the Friends for Life Program training to staff at local schools.

Community Fund Atlantic 2012

Cape Breton Mental Health Foundation & Crossroads - Cape Breton, NS

This is a joint project between Crossroads ACES members and the Cape Breton Mental Health Foundation. The ACES of Crossroads Cape Breton consists of members between 19 and 30 years of age who live with mental illness. The Foundation will use its grant to open and provide access to a media centre which will create new training and educational opportunities for clients in various fields of interest. The goal is to provide support in helping clients develop new skills and access work opportunities.

Community Fund Atlantic 2012

Capital Region Mental Health & Addictions - NB (Province-wide)

This Anxiety Prevention/ Intervention Program for Children and Youth will fill the gap in services that both the school district and mental health centre recognize as being needed for children and youth with anxiety. Bringing the program to the community will assist children and youth manage symptoms of anxiety and build resiliency. This project will directly impact children, youth, their teachers, support workers, community workers, counsellors and parents.

Community Fund Atlantic 2012

College of the North Atlantic - NL (Province-wide)

The College will train approximately 6 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) facilitators so they can teach MHFA to both the college community and the community at large.

Community Fund Atlantic 2012

Fire Marshall's Office - PE (Province-wide)

The Prince Edward Island Fire Service will train approximately 800 volunteer firefighters in an introductory overview of Critical Incident Stress (CIS) - to create an awareness of CIS so that firefighters would be aware of, more receptive to, and act upon personal and peer signals of Critical Incident Stress. This program will address cultural barriers that prevent fire fighters from seeking help for symptoms of chronic and single event stress and prepare fire fighters.

Community Fund Atlantic 2012