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. Click here for more information.

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. For more information, click here.

Small action. Big impact.

1,168,302,700

Total number of interactions

$108,415,135

committed

to mental health initiatives

775

Community Fund grants

$20.8 million in funding

Children & Youth

$2.7 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 over

3,806,409

Canadians with access to mental health services

$13 million

in Community Fund grants

2,312,193

crisis and distress

line users

1,739,136

children & youth reached

792,363

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,455,078

trained staff and volunteers

19,376

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

83%

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

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2020

Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver Fraser Branch - Vancouver, BC

Bell Let’s Talk supports an early intervention program for teens whose parents have a serious mental illness, providing them with the coping skills to help them to affirm themselves despite their challenges at home. The teens participate in recreation-based programming for 12 months, including activities such as snowboarding, horseback riding and swimming, all of which enable the young people to avoid social isolation, develop strong friendships and build resilience that significantly reduces the risk of developing mental illness themselves.

Community Fund British Columbia 2015

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs -Kelowna, BC

To increase access to mental health assistance for kids from 3-19 and their families, Bell Let’s Talk supports the Talking About Wellness program, its open discussion approach to reduce stigma and its 3 streams: Flex Your Head, which provides kids from 13-18 with stress-management strategies; Friends for Life/Fun Friends which helps kids from 3-12 learn to cope with the many changes they face as they grow; and Mind Over Mood Bootcamp which assists teens who harm themselves or struggle with intense emotions.

Community Fund British Columbia 2015

Take A Hike Youth At Risk Foundation - Vancouver, BC

Focused on instilling positive change in the mental health of at-risk youth, Take a Hike (TAH) is an alternative education program that provides a unique combination of academics, therapy, adventure-based learning and community involvement for young people struggling with a wide range of issues such as addiction, low self-esteem, anxiety, attention deficit and depression. Bell Let’s Talk funding supports full-time therapists who are with the participants every day in Vancouver, Trail and Burnaby in the only program of its kind in B.C.

Community Fund British Columbia 2015

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta - Red Deer, AB

The Society will use the grant to help launch a series of webcasts to ensure clients and their families who live in rural areas of the province are aware of and have access to the wide range of programs offered to people living with schizophrenia and related disorders, plus their family members. Using Skype, Adobe Connects and other interactive programs, the webcasts will enhance the effectiveness of programs such as peer support, phone support, illness management and family support.

Community Fund Prairies 2015

Suicide Prevention Resource Centre - Grande Prairie, AB

The Centre is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to expand its Breakfast Club program for kids from 9-12 to meet demand that has increased significantly in the 3 years since the program was created to serve even younger kids. The Centre will add 2 workshops for young people experiencing conflict or emotional struggles, providing them with better social supports and enabling them to develop better coping skills, self-esteem and the ability to make more healthy choices

Community Fund Prairies 2015

Canadian Mental Health Association, Winnipeg - Winnipeg, MB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable CMHA to bring its flagship program – Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health – to Manitoba for the first time, complete with material adapted to address the unique concerns of the indigenous population. Bounce Back teaches cognitive behavioural therapy skills to people with low-to-moderate depression and anxiety, better equipping them to achieve their own life goals. The launch of the program in Manitoba also gives primary care providers a much-needed treatment option for an underserved population.

Community Fund Prairies 2015

Mental Health Association of Yukon - Whitehorse, YU

Bell’s grant will enable the Association to augment a cognitive behavioural therapy-based program for people struggling with low mood, anxiety and depression issues, both in person and via video-conferencing, a first and much needed approach for delivering support to more remote areas. Over 8 sessions, a facilitator will provide participants with strategies to maximize their ability to deal with life's challenges, including material that is specifically tailored for teenagers and First Nations communities.

Community Fund Territories 2015

Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation - Burlington, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will help sustain the CAP Clinic, the community’s primary access point for children and adolescents in need of mental health services. The clinic provides direct and timely access to the full spectrum of mental health services including assessment, treatment and aftercare. Since 2013, the clinic has seen a 400% jump in referrals for services and assessment, including a 310% increase in access to the child and adolescent psychiatrist and a 157% increase in access to the clinic social worker.

Community Fund Ontario 2015