Annual fund supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour communities (BIPOC) that enhance access to culturally informed mental health care
MONTRÉAL, July 6, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Bell today announced that applications for grants are now being accepted for the Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund. The annual program supports organizations working to improve access to mental health and well-being support for BIPOC communities throughout Canada.
“The Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund supports local and grassroots organizations that provide access to culturally informed mental health and wellness supports and services in many diverse communities across the country. As demand for mental health care continues to increase, we are committed to supporting more organizations doing vitally important work in these communities.”
– Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk
Bell Let’s Talk encourages organizations to apply for a grant to support local mental health programs by visiting Bell.ca/LetsTalk. The application period runs from July 6 until August 16 and recipients will be announced in January 2023. All applications received are reviewed by members of our Circle of Advisors, individuals from BIPOC communities with lived experience, community leaders and subject matter experts.
“The impact the Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund has on BIPOC communities is significant. The Fund fosters dignity, respect a sense of community and wellbeing across Canada by supporting accessible resources, such as employment training for people who are struggling with isolation, mental health and addiction issues and other social determinants of health. The projects that are submitted for funding are vital to the wellbeing of BIPOC communities including women and children, seniors, refugees, victims of wars and domestic violence, LGBTQ2+, and Indigenous peoples. As someone, who has survived many struggles, including mental health and addiction issues, it is an honor and a privilege for me to give back to the community that has given me a second chance at life with a sense of purpose and gratitude.”
– Paulette Walker, Bell Let’s Talk Circle of Advisors
Since its launch in 2020, the Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund has supported 28 organizations supporting BIPOC communities including inaugural donations to Black Youth Helpline and the National Association of Friendship Centres.
Here are some highlights of the impact the Diversity Fund is having in communities around the country:
- Inaugural partner, National Association of Friendship Centres, increased access to over 100 Elders, youth and community members during COVID-19. This was instrumental to ensure that social connections remained and removed barriers in accessing online/in person programs and services being offered at the Friendship Centres across the country
- MOSAIC, a 2020 recipient, provided more than 213 counselling sessions. Clients learned how to do self-care, manage stress and anxiety, how to come out of a toxic relationship, manage depression, how to say no, how to behave with their spouses and children, how to accept their gender, how to deal with isolation, and how to deal with homesickness
- Nurrait | Jeunes Karibus, a 2020 recipient, provides the Ikaartuit program for Inuit youth to help promote self-determination and to contribute to the development of greater self-awareness. Results are showing that participants are discovering strengths or skills, setting new goals and feeling more connected to their culture since participating in the program.
- $1.1 million in new grants announced in 2022
- $3.35 million in grants since 2020
- 28 Diversity Fund recipients
To learn more about the Diversity Fund recipients, please watch the videos here.
SOURCE Bell Canada