Making a difference all year round
Bell Let’s Talk is active year round funding organizations in every province and territory that are working to reduce stigma, improving access to mental health care and undertaking critical research. Bell has partnered with more than 1,300 hospitals, universities, national associations and local community service providers since 2010.
In May 2021, Bell announced a five-year $1 million donation to Rise Asset Development to empower entrepreneurship for Canadians with mental health and addiction challenges. Building on Bell’s earlier support for Rise programs, the gift is enabling Rise to engage even more Canadians with mental health and addiction challenges in entrepreneurship training, mentorship and lending and supports the organization’s expansion into Manitoba with the launch of Rise Winnipeg.
Spring 2021 saw 6 recipients of the new Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund unveiled with $750,000 in donations distributed. During Mental Health Week, we also launched the From Where We Stand: Conversations on Race and Mental Health podcast series, which explores the mental health challenges and barriers to accessing care faced by BIPOC communities.
Bell Let’s Talk continues to spotlight the work of our mental health partners in a variety of ways, including through the Bell for Better campaign. In 2021, we featured the stories of Jack.org advocate Jay Legaspi and Kids Help Phone Indigenous Advisory Council member Ashley Cummings, who are working to transform mental health for Canadian youth.
The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund has now provided $15 million to 888 organizations nationwide since 2011, enabling partners to improve access to mental health care, supports and services.
Since 2013, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund has provided more than $2 million and over 115 grants to organizations across the country improving access to mental health care to military members, Veterans and their families. In 2021, a total of $350,000 was awarded to 11 organizations making a meaningful difference in the military community.
Please visit Bell.ca/letstalk to learn more about how Bell is supporting Canadian mental health every day of the year.