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.

1,327,476,135

Total number of interactions

$121,373,806.75

committed

to mental health initiatives

775

Community Fund grants

$28 million in funding

Young Canadians

$2.9 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

4,578,467

Canadians with access to mental health services

$13 million

in Community Fund grants

2,421,999

crisis and distress

line users

2,054,216

children & youth reached

891,553

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,464,961

trained staff and volunteers

20,346

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

82%

of Canadians reported believing attitudes about mental illness have changed for the better

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2021

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Canadian Mental Health Association - Peterborough, ON

Bell's funding supports the Kids on the Block Program which is the organizations main vehicle for delivery of health promotion messages to elementary school-aged children. Since 1996 the Kids on the Block troupe has offered educational presentations about things such as children's mental health issues including depression, understanding feelings, school safety and children's experience of family break-up. The program is offered free of charge in schools, libraries and community events.

Community Fund Ontario 2012

Community Addiction and Mental Health Service of Haldimand and Norfolk - Haldimand / Norfolk, ON

The VOICE project provides participants at the community centre an opportunity to participate in a camera club, an art program and a music program - the fundamental premise of all three program components is to discover the 'ability in disability'. The grant will allow the organization to purchase additional art supplies including musical instruments for the 200 clients they serve.

Community Fund Ontario 2012

Creative Works Studio - Toronto, ON

Creative Works Studio (CWS) is an arts-based occupational therapy program which promotes healing and recovery for people suffering from serious mental illness. The studio is a part of St. Michael's Hospital's Inner City Health program and operates in partnership with the Good Shepherd Centres. Their project is to develop a multi-faceted arts-based outreach program-sharing the art, stories and music of our members expanding on prior work and existing infrastructure.

Community Fund Ontario 2012

Family Youth & Child Services of Muskoka - Muskoka, ON

This grant will allow the organization to start up an open access walk in clinic for the Muskoka area.

Community Fund Ontario 2012

Group Health Centre - Sault Saint Marie, ON

The Group Health Centre (GHC) is a multi-specialty, interdisciplinary, ambulatory care facility located in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. GHC is implementing a new pilot project in the Children's Mental Health Program to improve access and efficiency for children's mental health services. The project pilot involves a new intake process, whereby children between the ages of 0-18 who are referred to the program are connected immediately to an intake worker who provides an initial assessment.

Community Fund Ontario 2012

Health and Wellness, Student Life, University of Toronto, ON

This project has three priority areas of focus: raising awareness of mental illness/mental health at the post secondary education level; providing opportunities for education and learning about mental health and illness; and nurturing a community where students who are struggling with mental health issues have improved access to care, while feeling included and a sense of belonging to the community. Going forward, Health and Wellness, Student Life aims to create a mental health strategy which is sustainable and which, over time, may become integrated into the campus culture.

Community Fund Ontario 2012

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) - National

This grant will allow the expansion of NEDICs Helpline and Outreach program to ensure equal access across the country to their national toll-free Helpline. Service will be expanded to include 5 evenings a week from 5-9pm.

Community Fund Ontario 2012

Ontario Shores Foundation

A gift of $150,000 supported the expansion of youth and adolescent care. The Bell Canada Youth Mental Health Clinic at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) opened in 2012 and provides outreach services to adolescents in need of specialized treatment.

Major gifts Ontario 2012

Providence Care - Kingston, ON

The Bell grant will enable the VOCEC/Community Connections Recovery Program to engage professional artists to provide workshops to 45 community-based MH consumers (therapeutic) who in turn will present in a 10-day public arts festival in support of anti-stigma awareness.

Community Fund Ontario 2012

Queen's University

Bell Canada and Queen's University announced a world-first: the creation the Chair of Mental Health and Anti Stigma Research to better understand the causes of stigma and how best to eradicate it.

Major gifts Ontario 2012

Regional Eating Disorder Program at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario - Eastern Ontario / Western Québec

Bell's grant supports this organization's unique work in providing Psychoeducational training for parents with children on the wait list for formal evaluation.

Community Fund Ontario 2012

Ryerson University Clinical Psychology Training Clinic / St. Michael's Hospital Family Health Team Hospital or Medical Clinic - Toronto, ON

This project will enhance access to mental health services for marginalized populations in Toronto. 12-14 Clinical Psychology Master's and PhD students will conduct psychological assessments, individual and group psychotherapy to patients of the Family Health Teams for free.

Community Fund Ontario 2012

Sault College Student Services Department - Sault Ste Marie, ON

The Sault College Student Services Department will improve their programming, by bringing a depression and stress reduction group with two additional certified counselors in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Community Fund Ontario 2012

Shooniya Wa-Biitong Training and Employment Centre for the Treaty No. 3 Area - Northern Ontario

The project will bring Treaty 3 mental health awareness training for frontline workers. The nonprofit employment and training center covers an area of 55,000 square miles of Northwestern Ontario and includes 23 First Nations in the Treaty #3 area and 5 urban centres - Kenora, Dryden, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Fort Frances. The project will also include a focus on training teachers to bring mental health awareness and support to youth in the regions.

Community Fund Ontario 2012

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation - Ottawa, ON

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation will bring a pilot perinatal program focused on young-women with the goal to improve adolescent mothers' access to mental health care. It is the only program of its kind in Canada.

Community Fund Ontario 2012