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

Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) – Winnipeg, MB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the organization to create a cross-cultural mental health awareness and navigation project for 150 newcomer youth in Winnipeg. The project will include mental health discussion sessions incorporated into after school programming and structured sessions led by in-house educators and guest speakers. Also, a youth leadership group will attend a mental health first aid course, after which they will provide support to their peers.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

Rainbow Resource Centre – Winnipeg, MB

This project will provide affirming counselling services for 25 members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in southeastern Manitoba. The counsellor will offer Skype and phone counselling to youth and their families.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

Pembina Counselling Centre – Morden, MB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will provide a sliding fee scale so that clients can access counselling services despite financial concerns. The program will allow a further 250 clients to be served in addition to the Centre’s 500 existing clients.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

Pembina Trails School Division Educational Support Fund – Winnipeg, MB

Support from Bell Let’s Talk will provide training to two educators to deliver the connect parenting program. The focus will be on 100 caregivers of teens at risk of non-completion of school, involvement in the criminal justice system, and the mental health issues that arise with anxiety, depression, addiction, and parent-child conflict.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

A & O: Support Services for Older Adults – Winnipeg, MB

A & O’s Senior Centre Without Walls program offers free educational and recreational programming, such as art and music therapy to 350 socially isolated older adults in their homes via teleconferencing. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, A & O will be able to enhance this program by providing a 15-week workshop for individuals coping with hoarding behaviour.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

The Fort McMurray School Division – Fort McMurray, AB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the school to contract a qualified Indigenous teacher/counsellor to implement a peer mentor program and provide classes in the Cree and Dene languages. The teacher/counsellor will be able to teach Indigenous studies and mental health curriculum including suicide prevention to 125 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students identified as at-risk or diagnosed with severe mental health needs.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

The Psychology Foundation of Canada – Calgary, AB

With the help of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary, the Psychology Foundation of Canada will offer the Stronger Minds make for Stronger Kids program. Employing the Kids Have Stress Too! and stress lesson programs, these psychology-based programs will promote coping skills, build resilience, and encourage the development of social and emotional strengths in 50 children and youth, improving the capacity of staff and families to help youth in their care identify and manage their stress.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

CMHA Central Alberta – Red Deer, AB

The Canadian Mental Health Association in Central Alberta promotes community wellness, supporting people with mental illness, brain injury, and addictions. Based on community needs, the systems navigation/crisis counsellor team provides 450 people hands-on assistance and short-term planning and support through interim crises such as helping with paperwork or appeals, court or medical appointments, housing/landlord issues, as well as many other needs.

Community Fund Prairies 2020