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

Find out where the funds go

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Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Northwest Region – Grande Prairie, AB

For more than 60 years in Alberta, CMHA has focused on recovery and support for Albertans impacted by mental illness. The Recovery College: Mental Health and Racism and Life Without Recess projects, will build organizational capacity to provide mental health training, education, and peer support for 200 individuals within Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, the organization will co-develop two strategies to deliver 8-week peer and facilitator-led sessions developed by mental health experts to address racism, improve mental health, and support youth development.

Community Fund Prairies 2022

Kerby Assembly – Calgary, AB

Kerby Assembly provides programming support, activities and access to resources for low-income vulnerable seniors experiencing elder abuse and/or homelessness. Bell funds will support the Wellness Connection Centre to develop a community hub with a dedicated program manager. The project aims to assist 2,000 seniors by, delivering weekly peer-to-peer support programs.

Community Fund Prairies 2022

Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) Calgary – Calgary, AB

PCHS Calgary empowers the South Asian community through safe, accessible and culturally informed counselling services, group programs and outreach. Bell funds will support the Let’s Talk About Mental Health video campaign and educational seminars to increase awareness and resources on the impacts of mental health and available supports for 120 people within the South Asian community. The project will increase culturally sensitive access to mental health services, reduce barriers and stigma and increase collaboration within the community.

Community Fund Prairies 2022

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Manitoba and Winnipeg – Winnipeg, MB

CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg offers a variety of services, which are informed by CMHA’s Framework for Support and the recovery model as the basis for working with people with mental health illnesses. CMHA will offer Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to 25 pharmacists. With Community Fund support, the training will assist pharmacists in providing better care for patients experiencing mental health disorders or crisis, improving front line service delivery and access to care.

Community Fund Prairies 2022

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba – Winnipeg, MB

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba empowers newcomer families to integrate into the community through affordable transitional housing, onsite programming, and settlement services. Bell Let’s Talk funding, will support social work staff and 185 newcomers in the Landing on Our Feet project to provide three community mental health education seminars, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for 10 community volunteers, and 10 mental health workshops to facilitate access to care and increase capacity of leaders to support members of their community.

Community Fund Prairies 2022

Rainbow Resource Centre – Winnipeg, MB

Rainbow Resource Centre provides free, on-site counselling, social support groups, workplace diversity and inclusion training, education and outreach to Winnipeg’s LGBTQ+ community. Bell funds will support the LGBTQ+ Mental Health Capacity Building, to expand counselling services to two additional days per week for 165 LGBTQ+ clients. The program will increase access to mental health care to meet an increasing demand for services, and build a network of resources within health partners to support LGBTQ+ communities across Manitoba.

Community Fund Prairies 2022

Resource Assistance for Youth – Winnipeg, MB

Resource Assistance for Youth provides frontline, wrap around services to meet the needs of marginalized, street-entrenched and/or homeless youth and young adults. With Bell funds and in collaboration with Indigenous partners and Elders, the organization will support 200 Indigenous youth in learning and engaging with Indigenous culture, provide culturally appropriate counselling, and build Indigenous youth leadership and mental wellness.

Community Fund Prairies 2022

Safe Housing and Directed Empowerment (S.H.A.D.E.) – Winnipeg, MB

S.H.A.D.E. supports immigrant women and children impacted by domestic abuse or gender-based violence. Bell’s donation will support the program Mirrors: A Reflection of Immigrant Women Building Healthy Relationships, to provide 30 women with two 12-week group programming focusing on healing from domestic abuse, family violence and gender-based violence. The funds will increase organizational capacity to reduce barriers to access, build coping mechanisms for participants, and improve individual healing and wellbeing.

Community Fund Prairies 2022

WITS Program Foundation – Victoria, MB

The WITS Program Foundation provides children with safe environments and tools to respond to negativity and end peer victimization and bullying. The award-winning bullying-prevention WITS program teaches youth empathy and strategies to effectively handle conflicts and make safe, positive choices. Bell’s donation will support new start-ups of the WITS program in 10 elementary schools in northern Manitoba, reaching approximately 1,000 youth, to help in the prevention of bullying, discrimination, and violence, in addition to increasing access to mental health supports by providing free programming to financially challenged schools.

Community Fund Prairies 2022

Prairie Valley School Division No. 208 – Regina, SK

Prairie Valley School Division No. 208 will provide Miyo-Pimatiswin, a holistic approach to wellness, and build capacity for a culturally supportive Indigenous therapist. With Community Fund support, the organization will hire a culturally supportive Indigenous mental health counsellor to assist 540 children, youth, and adults facing inter-generational trauma to increase culturally supportive mental health care, provide access to culturally relevant therapies, Indigenous language and cultural teachings and traditional healing practices supporting Indigenous students.

Community Fund Prairies 2022

Assiniboine Community College – Implementation Grant

Funded through the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund, a new Peer Support Program for Wellness will provide a supportive, safe and inclusive post-secondary environment at the college. The student-led program will create additional supports, training, referrals and inclusive and safe spaces where students can collaborate and support each other.

Post-Secondary Fund Prairies 2022

The University of Calgary – Implementation Grant

The two-year project funded through the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund will help in the development of a virtual navigation system using a Chabot. Available in over 100 languages and available 24/7, the Chatbot will allow students to identify the most relevant mental health information to address their questions or concerns in a quick and intuitive manner whether students are on or off campus.

Post-Secondary Fund Prairies 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

Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network

Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network’s new project, “Thriving in a New Home,” will enable trauma-affected newcomer refugee parents and children to build awareness of mental health, resilience and healing by providing culturally responsive mental health promotion programming through home visits or group sessions, systems navigation and advocacy, and peer mentorship and capacity-building.

Diversity Fund Prairies 2021

Wood’s Homes - Calgary, AB

The Wood’s Homes Foundation is a children’s mental health centre providing treatment and support for children, youth, and families. With Bell funds, they will pilot a peer mentorship program that will provide trauma-informed, evidence-based therapy for 500 multi-barrier youth dealing with addiction issues. Two mentors who have lived addictions and mental health struggles will engage with at-risk youth, facilitating group sessions at the Inglewood Opportunity Hub as well as in schools and virtually.

Community Fund Prairies 2021