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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Yukon University Foundation

YukonU will create a mental health and wellness framework with diversity at its core. This framework will equip faculty and staff with understanding and knowledge critical to delivering programs through a diversity and trauma informed lens. The funds will also allow the expansion of Roddy’s Camp, an outdoor place of gathering, conversations, healing, and providing community mental health and wellness support. Integral to this framework is the role of Elders as well as the role of Indigenous land-based activities in supporting mental wellness.

Diversity Fund Territories 2021

The Ayalik Fund and the Canadian Canoe Foundation – Multiple Regions, NU

The Canadian Canoe Foundation (CCF) in partnership with the Ayalik Fund offer a nature-based therapy program for young people across Nunavut including Cambridge Bay, Kugaaruk, Pond Inlet, Taloyoak, Kugluktuk and Coral Harbour. The Inuit Youth Wilderness Mental Health Counselling project will recruit 30 Indigenous youth ages 13 to 17 for participation in self-esteem building canoe trips in communities across the territory. With Community Fund support, they will hire a trained mental health counsellor to accompany youth on these canoe trips.

Community Fund Territories 2021

Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqaatigiit Embrace Life Council - Iqaluit, NU

Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqaatigiit Embrace Life Council is a suicide prevention organization that aims to provide the necessary supports for Nunavummiut to help them live a healthy and fulfilled life. In partnership with Nunavut Arctic College, they are providing after-school cultural and academic programs for Inuit students. Bell funds will support the Improving Access to Culturally Aware Mental Health Programming project and will benefit approximately 50 students.

Community Fund Territories 2021

Strongest Families Institute

Bell Let’s Talk, Northwestel and the Government of the Northwest Territories donate $500,000 to Strongest Families Institute to provide mental health services for children, youth, adults and families throughout the Northwest Territories.

Major gifts Territories 2020

Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society – Cambridge Bay, NU

An organization focused on cultural mentoring workshops, it will connect Inuit elders/mentors with 25 adult men in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Through traditional practices such as fish spear making and fishing net repair, as well as access to traditional healing methods, participants will reconnect with their culture, community, and family contributing to overall wellness.

Community Fund Territories 2020

YWCA NWT – Yellowknife, NT

Bell Let’s Talk funding will be used to hire and train an in-house mental health support worker who will assist 55 women struggling with mental illness and who are victims of trauma, the majority of whom are Indigenous. The program will provide cultural programming such as beading and talking circles, and facilitate access to community mental health resources.

Community Fund Territories 2020

Canadian Mental Health Association, Yukon Division– Whitehorse, YT

The Association will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to create an evidence-based Peer Support program and training curriculum to foster recovery and well-being for people of all ages experiencing mental health issues and illnesses and to formalize and implement the practice of peer support in the Yukon. Incorporating Northern First Nations’ perspective into the practice, the Peer Support model can easily be transferred to other peer groups to promote the positive mental health of all Yukoners.

Community Fund Territories 2019

Arctic Children and Youth Foundation – Iqaluit, NU

In an effort to integrate the clinical and cultural mental health services developing in Nunavut, the Foundation will use their grant to set up a cultural healing space and hire a bilingual (Inuktitut-English) Counsellor at the Umingmak Child and Youth Support Centre, providing options to clients who wish to have traditional healing, or counselling in their language of choice.

Community Fund Territories 2019

Kivalliq Inuit Association – Rankin Inlet, NU

The Association will use Bell funding to expand its Motivation program enabling experts known as Influencers to visit an additional 8 communities in Nunavut and 7 in the Kivalliq Region. With a special focus on suicide prevention, this program plans special events to celebrate life, bring awareness of mental illness and strengthen connections to indigenous traditions in remote communities that are often reachable only by air or sea.

Community Fund Territories 2018

BYTE - Empowering Youth – Whitehorse, YT

This organization will use Bell’s support to ramp up its suicide awareness initiative by offering safeTALK certification training to youth aged 15-24 in up to 4 Northern communities. With this training, they will be better able to identify those in their community who may be at risk and asking for help and better able to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to community resources for further help.

Community Fund Territories 2018

Embrace Life Council

Bell Let’s Talk and Northwestel donate $250,000 for a new mental health program to be delivered by Nunavut’s Embrace Life Council, a non-profit suicide prevention organization based in Iqaluit. The safeTALK program will provide a half-day of training to Nunavummiut over the age of 15 to become suicide-alert peer helpers and connect those in their community who need support with life-saving intervention resources.

Major gifts Territories 2017

Northern Youth Leadership – Yellowknife, NT

This organization runs camps that bring together youth from across Northern Canada to develop the inner and outer resources needed to overcome challenges, realize their full potential and live healthy lives. By intervening at a young age, NYL programming builds resilience and confidence, and develops protective factors for mental wellness. Bell funding will enable NYL focus on helping girls process their experiences, heal through cultural and athletic pursuits and rebuild their lives through skills development.

Community Fund Territories 2017

Arviat – Hamlet of Arviat, NU

Bell Let's Talk Community funding will support mental health first aid training for staff and volunteers, and the subsequent development of a peer support program (including materials, youth committee honoraria, meeting support, etc.) in connection with the community’s Youth Drop-In Centre for Inuit which opened last year in a newly-renovated, fully staffed building.

Community Fund Territories 2017

Yukon Health and Social Services

A joint $500,000 project was announced with Bell Let’s Talk, Northwestel and Yukon Health and Social Services to support the launch of the FRIENDS cognitive behaviour group-based intervention program throughout the territory. The project will provide mental health prevention and treatment services through trained facilitators in rural Yukon and Whitehorse with a specific focus for First Nation adolescents and girls at social-emotional risk.

Major gifts Territories 2016

Northern Integrated Cultures with the Environment, Northwest Territories

A culturally relevant program of Northern Integrated Cultures with the Environment (Northern ICE), this Bell-supported initiative provides mental health intervention for at-risk indigenous youth, members of the Tulita Dene band, to prevent violence, suicide and addictions. It is an intensive month-long program that helps youth explore their own strengths and connect more positively to the land and the traditional Dene way of life.

Community Fund Territories 2016