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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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 14 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

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

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

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

Mental Health Association of Yukon - Whitehorse, YU

Bell’s grant will enable the Association to augment a cognitive behavioural therapy-based program for people struggling with low mood, anxiety and depression issues, both in person and via video-conferencing, a first and much needed approach for delivering support to more remote areas. Over 8 sessions, a facilitator will provide participants with strategies to maximize their ability to deal with life's challenges, including material that is specifically tailored for teenagers and First Nations communities.

Community Fund Territories 2015

Second Opinion Society - Whitehorse, YT

The Society is creating a distress phone line to provide crisis support and referral assistance. This line will be available through a toll-free number sponsored by Northwestel, making it accessible throughout the territory and open for calls nightly from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support screening and training of phone line volunteers, including the development of culturally sensitive training materials focused on the demographics of the territory in addition to Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

Community Fund Territories 2014

Stanton Territorial Health Authority

This program will improve the delivery of mental health services across Northern Canada. It will allow for the co-ordination of care for mental health patients from their first contact with the health or justice system to their return home. The program includes many facets of capacity building including: Improved training of front line staff in the police, health and justice systems.

Community Fund Territories 2013

The Support Network

This project will expand the volunteer training program providing improved access to mental health crisis services. Community members who need access to their services will be supported with improved coping mechanisms which will decrease the strain on other community resources. The program will provide valuable communication and other life skills for volunteers and ensure the Crisis Support Centre has the resources needed to deliver this valuable mental health service.

Community Fund Territories 2013