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

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