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

Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre – Ottawa, ON

Hopewell is a centre of excellence, providing information and support to those affected by eating disorders by helping youth understand the importance of healthy attitudes towards body image, eating, physical activity, and mental health. With the help of Bell Let’s Talk funding, Hopewell plans to develop and pilot an online support group as well as produce three workshops broadcast through webinars for people struggling with and recovering from an eating disorder.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre Foundation – Barrie, ON

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre operates clinics that operate on a walk-in basis and provide rapid access to evidence-based counselling and treatment for individuals with substance abuse issues who are 15 years of age and older. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enhance the IT infrastructure of those clinics to improve the delivery of the Ontario telemedicine network supports across the region improving overall accessibility.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Grand River Hospital Foundation – Kitchener, ON

Grand River Hospital is the leading authority on mental health in Kitchener Waterloo region with 30 psychiatrists and 115 beds available for mental health care. Bell Let’s Talk funding will subsidize a child/youth worker’s salary who will assist every client by identifying community activities that support pro-social bonding and build resiliency and other skills essential to recovery.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Social Planning Council of Ottawa – Ottawa, ON

The Social Planning Council takes a holistic approach to community development by integrating research, planning, and community building in Ottawa. The project consists of promoting mental wellness, capacity building, and an advocacy photography program for newcomer youth. Youth will learn about mental wellness, coping, stigma reduction, and help-seeking while learning life skills and, breaking social isolation.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Community Care Durham – Port Perry, ON

Community Care Durham is dedicated to providing care and support to adults and their caregivers who have needs related to aging, mental health, and maintaining their independence at home. The funding from Bell Let’s Talk will allow the creation of telephone support groups aimed at adults who require social and emotional supports and services.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Eva’s Initiatives For Homeless Youth – Toronto, ON

Eva’s Initiatives provides shelter, transitional housing, and programming to help young people struggling with substance use and mental illness build brighter futures free of homelessness. The funding will enhance services offered at the facility including case management, counselling, crisis intervention, housing, and peer support. The program is designed to provide an encouraging atmosphere in which youth are supported in developing their minds, bodies, and spirits.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Oak Park Neighborhood Centre – Oakville, ON

Oak Park is a welcoming, barrier-free neighbourhood centre, supporting the community through diverse programs to relieve poverty, educate and provide recreation and social opportunities for people of all abilities. With the Bell Let’s Talk grant, they will create two workshop series for parents of preschoolers and another series for parents of school-aged children and youth. Parents will learn how to talk with their children to reduce or eliminate episodes of challenging behaviour, and build resiliency, problem-solving and coping skills.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

The Milton District Hospital Foundation – Milton, ON

Support from Bell Let’s Talk will fund additional mental health clinician hours to provide telephone follow up to individuals who visited the Milton District Hospital emergency department with suicidal thoughts. Currently, they have a mental health crisis nurse on staff eight hours a day, seven days a week to care for patients presenting at the emergency department with a mental health crisis. Supporting community members in Milton and its surrounding areas, the additional hours will provide better follow-up for patients with suicidal thoughts.

Community Fund Ontario 2020