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.

1,327,476,135

Total number of interactions

$121,373,806.75

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

4,578,467

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 million

in Community Fund grants

2,421,999

crisis and distress

line users

2,054,216

children & youth reached

891,553

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,464,961

trained staff and volunteers

20,346

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

82%

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

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2021

Find out where the funds go

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Fondation de l’Hôpital du Suroît - Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC

Since 1988, the foundation has been working to promote, improve and contribute to the health and well-being of the population served by the Suroît Hospital, located in Montérégie-Ouest. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will open a community mental health clinic next to their emergency shelter which supports a variety of clients including those who are refugees and homeless. A community medicine team with physicians will screen and provide mental health and addictions support to 1,500 homeless people.

Community Fund Québec 2021

Les Petits Renard, centre de pédiatrie sociale en communauté de Verdun - Montréal, QC

Les Petits Renards’ mission is to support children from vulnerable backgrounds that are dealing with psycho-emotional and mental health difficulties and challenges. The Coup de pouce project will positively affect 1,000 kids by conducting workshops in eight different schools in Verdun and Lasalle where a psychoeducator will teach kids how to manage emotions, interact with others, and will help prevent or reduce the impact of psycho-affective stress.

Community Fund Québec 2021

Fondation Marie-Vincent - Montréal, QC

Fondation Marie-Vincent supports sexually and physically abused children and teens by providing them with the services they need. Their organization has a multidisciplinary team including police, doctors and psychotherapists to help victims of sexual violence. They currently have more than 500 youth on their waiting list for therapy who typically wait two years to be admitted. With their Bell Let’s Talk grant, they will hire a counsellor and offer access to a year-long group therapy program for 48 youth and their families.

Community Fund Québec 2021

YWCA Québec - Québec, QC

YWCA Québec focuses on the well-being, safety, and full potential of women and girls. With Bell funds and in collaboration with 14 schools and low-rent housing associations, they will host 26 workshops to educate up to 160 young girls living in poverty. The workshops will cover themes such as how to maintain their mental health, interact with family members who have mental health issues, connect youth with local resources and refer girls to mental health experts.

Community Fund Québec 2021

Fondation Jeunes en Tête - Montréal, QC

For more than 22 years, the Fondation Jeunes en Tête has been preventing psychological distress in young people aged 11 to 18. Bell's donation will allow the Foundation to continue holding mental health awareness workshops for more than 50,000 high school students in 17 administrative regions of Québec, either virtually or in the classroom. The workshops help to de-stigmatize mental illness, raise awareness and provide tools to increase resiliency in the face of life's challenges, as well as give school personnel the opportunity to provide early intervention.

Community Fund Québec 2021

The Yellow Door - Montréal, QC

The Yellow Door runs intergenerational programs and services that aim to bring youth and seniors together to promote mental and physical wellness and prevent social isolation. The project Friendly Calls Phase 2 consists of providing every volunteer and staff member with Mental Health First Aid Training. The volunteers will be trained to recognize changes in behaviour, depression, anxiety, senior abuse, and suicide risk, and ensure seniors have access to mental health supports and servies.

Community Fund Québec 2021

AutonHommie, centre de ressources sur la condition masculine Québec - Québec, QC

AutonHommie is an organization dedicated to supporting men living with challenges. Their project Point of Support will pay the salary of a therapist to offer free individual therapy consultations both in person or online. This will help 100 men leading community organizations and small to medium businesses who do not have access to employee benefits, connect with the mental health support they need.

Community Fund Québec 2021

L’Étoile, pédiatrie sociale en communauté du Haut-Richelieu - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC

L’Étoile is a social pediatric centre in Haut-Richelieu that offers social pediatrics services to children ages zero to 18 years old. Their project Mind and Body Therapy provides art therapy, music therapy, pet therapy, and adventure therapy to children experiencing complex psychological trauma and helps reduce the effects of toxic stresses, depression, and anxiety. With Bell funds, they will hire five certified therapists who will offer 36 weeks of therapy to 50 kids.

Community Fund Québec 2021

Week-ends Champêtres - Longueuil, QC

Week-ends Champêtres offers respite for people living with psychosis including schizophrenia. Their project Weekends in the Country, consist of hosting 25 weekends for 150 people living with psychosis and their companions. These weekend outings will help alleviate the aggravating effect of isolation caused by the COVID-19 crisis on the mental health of guests and their companions.

Community Fund Québec 2021

Katimavik Youth Services - Montréal, QC

Katimavik Youth Services empower and develop youth through a volunteering program in Indigenous communities. Groups of 11 youth from 17 to 25 years old will spend five months living together in the Katimavik house in each region while volunteering in two different Indigenous communities in Canada. Bell funds will be used to provide Mental Health First Aid certification training for 136 youth volunteers and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) for six project leaders to help the volunteers and staff identify and intervene with those at risk of suicide. They will also update an app to help youth find local mental health resources in each of the 12 communities they support.

Community Fund Québec 2021

Hébergement L’Entre-Deux - Longueuil, QC

Hébergement L’Entre-Deux is an established intervention house with accommodation for women suffering from depression and personality disorders. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they aim to provide training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to their team of 20 caregivers. They will be better equipped to help the 30 women living in the intervention house and 40 women in external clinics learn and refine skills to change their behavioural, emotional, and cognitive patterns related to life difficulties.

Community Fund Québec 2021

PARENTS-ESPOIR - Québec, QC

PARENTS-ESPOIR offers support to parents and future parents who are experiencing or have experienced a mental health problem in their lives. The project GESPER...une Famille en Santé! aims to impact 132 parents by creating six different peer support groups of 20 parents dealing with and recovering from mental health challenges. Bell funds will pay part of the salary of two new certified peer support parents that will help run the support groups and train peer support volunteers.

Community Fund Québec 2021

D’main de Femmes - Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC

D’main de Femmes’ project consists of creating two discussion groups for 20 women experiencing anxiety, signs of depression, or isolation in order for them to support and help each other while sharing their respective experiences. A community worker will also guide them towards the appropriate mental health resources if needed.

Community Fund Québec 2021

Friends for Mental Health - Beaconsfield, QC

Friends for Mental Health’s project will provide approximately 1,500 family members from diverse cultural communities living with mental health disorders with services and support in their language. The funds will be used to hire a part-time intercultural psychosocial counsellor and a translator/interpreter, and to adapt and translate online training materials.

Community Fund Québec 2021

Parents et Amis du Bien-Être Mental du Sud-Ouest de Montréal (PABEMSOM) - Montréal, QC

PABEMSOM supports the mental health of people affected by mental illness. Bell funds will be used to hire two certified art and drama therapists who will build workshops for 42 teenagers whose parents are living with mental health challenges. They will also leverage the art classes in two schools and one local youth organization to host eight anxiety and emotion management workshops thereby supporting 290 teenagers.

Community Fund Québec 2021