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.

Small action. Big impact.

1,168,302,700

Total number of interactions

$108,415,135

committed

to mental health initiatives

657

Community Fund grants

$15.7 million in funding

Children & Youth

$1.95 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$1.78 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,000 organizations who have supported over

3,409,680

Canadians with access to mental health services

+$11 million

in Community Fund grants

2,235,043

crisis and distress

line users

1,476,878

children & youth reached

610,148

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,451,375

trained staff and volunteers

15,846

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

86%

of Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2020

iHuman Youth Society – Edmonton, AB

iHuman serves vulnerable youth ages 12 to 24 in Edmonton’s inner city, approximately 80% of whom self-identify as Indigenous peoples and live with risk factors including poverty, disability and poor mental health. Bell funding will be used to provide Indigenous mental health services that bridge the clinical Western approach to mental health with an Indigenous land-based practice, working with Elders, Knowledge Keepers and artists to facilitate activities for marginalized youth that build identity and a connection to culture.

Community fund Prairies 2019

Punjabi Community Health Services Calgary Society – Calgary, AB

Bell funding will help the Society introduce a community-based Wellness Group; a weekly 2-hour skill development and social support group, provided in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu, for South Asian adults in Calgary who have experienced mental health issues or who are supporting a family member with mental health issues. The group will offer 11 different sessions continuously through the year to provide longer-term ongoing support to participants.

Community fund Prairies 2019

PARTNERS Family Services Inc. – Humboldt, SK

This organization provides extensive programs and services including mental health, family support, domestic violence and group therapeutic programs to individuals and families in the communities of Humboldt and 42 rural communities within a 100km radius. Bell’s Community Fund grant will be used to provide an Art Therapy program for 15 individuals, 8 weeks at a time, dealing with specific themes such as anxiety, trauma, grief and domestic violence.

Community fund Prairies 2019

YMCA of Moose Jaw – Moose Jaw, SK

Bell Let's Talk funding will help the Y build capacity by providing 3 YMCA staff with the training to become licensed trainers in the FRIENDS resilience program, a cognitive behaviour therapy approach that provides social and emotional skills training for 4 to 18 year olds. These individuals will in turn train at least 15 youth workers and teachers to become facilitators for sessions aimed at the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Canadian Mental Health Association, Wood Buffalo Region – Fort McMurray, AB

To address the issue of suicide in remote northern communities, CMHA will use Bell funding to increase its internal capacity. Specifically, the funds will be invested in training more trainers to go out into these communities and teach the needed skills all responders and support agencies should know. They will also impact individual community members as they build their own toolkit to respond to potential suicides.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Central Station Community Centre – Winkler, MB

With Bell Let's Talk funding, the Centre will bring a full Recovery College curriculum to the community, offering 25 courses and educational resources for mental health service users, their family, friends and members of the community. This curriculum is geared to promoting mental health literacy, self-exploration and skill development. It enables people to sign up for courses that interest them and receive recognition for completing the course.

Community fund Prairies 2018

Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, Inc. – Winnipeg, MB

The Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to help purchase new single and multiuser workout equipment for the future renovations and upgrades to the mental health inpatient play spaces. As part of an overall therapy plan, this increased physical activity will help these youth with a reduction in depression, anxiety, and stress, teaching them coping tools for their future.

Community fund Prairies 2018

YWCA Edmonton – Edmonton, AB

To reduce the current wait time of 3 to 6 months for its counselling services, the YWCA will use Bell’s grant to support hiring an additional psychologist to provide counselling for the YWCA’s diverse and low-income clientele. In addition, the new psychologist will supervise Masters/PhD students on placement at the YWCA, creating increased capacity and help for up to 240 additional people who need the counselling services of the YWCA in order to move from crisis to resilience.

Community fund Prairies 2018