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

Find out where the funds go

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Adventure Place - Toronto, ON

Dina Dinosaur Child Treatment Program is an evidence based treatment approach for young children who are experiencing social-emotional and/or behavioural mental health difficulties. The program will use a Social Skills and Problem Solving curriculum which strengthens children's social, emotional and academic competencies such as understanding and communicating feelings, using effective problem solving strategies, managing anger, practicing friendship and conversational skills.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

Bell True Patriot Love Fund

Bell Canada and the True Patriot Love Foundation announced the launch of the Bell True Patriot Love Fund, a $1 million program to support community mental health initiatives for Canadian military families.

Major gifts Ontario 2013

Brock University - St. Catharines, ON

Brock University will educate teaching assistants about mental health, including how to identify and address the early signs, and what services are available to post-secondary students. Teaching assistants work directly with students in small groups, making them uniquely able to create connections and provide guidance. They will also help reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues by engaging students, as well as normalizing and highlighting peer experiences.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology - Sudbury, ON

Cambrian College will train and certify four staff/faculty members as MHFA trainers. Following the training, MHFA will be incorporated directly into the curriculum of a number of programs, including Police Foundations, Community and Justice Services, Social Services, Child and Youth Worker and Health Sciences programs which work with high risk individuals.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane Timiskaming - Timmins, ON

Mental Health Peers & Promotion Project aims to maximize success of post-secondary students dealing with mental health issues. The project will build on CMHA's training capacity, offering four evidence based training courses: Peer Support Skills Training, Wellness Recovery Action Plan Facilitator Training, Mental Health First Aid Training, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills. Training will be offered to students, faculty, community at large.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

Make Children Better Now Association - Thamesville, ON

SNAP (Stop Now And Plan) is an evidence-based, gender sensitive, cognitive behavioural multi-component and family-focused program for under 12 offenders. This program will provide children with mental health services to help address their extreme behavioural issues and avoid future criminal activity. It will teach them how to stop and think before they act and come up with effective solutions to their problems.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

Nipissing University - North Bay, ON

Nipissing University will provide evidence-based training for students as they prepare to enter the classroom. Students will be offered suicide education and training through the Tattered Teddies (12 years of age or younger) and Straight Talk (ages 12-24) curriculums. These programs use interactive teaching to provide strategies to strengthen protective factors, recognize suicide risk factors and warning signs, and practice suicide intervention strategies.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Psychology Clinic - Toronto, ON

The Ontario Institute for Studied in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto offers a large teacher education program and graduate programs in education and related fields. Their project aims to provide children's mental health services by consulting with Aboriginal run schools in Northern Ontario communities beginning with Pikangikum, a remote fly-in community with one of the highest rates of youth suicide.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

Oolagen - Youth Mental Health - Toronto, ON

Oolagen provides a walk-in clinic service that is open 5 days per week. This service increases access to mental health services for youth and families. It provides immediate access to therapeutic intervention. If a youth and family need further help than the single session, Oolagen puts them on their wait list for full service and also assigns a counsellor can be reached at any time for additional support during the wait.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

Pine River Foundation - Toronto, ON

Pine River Institute is a residential treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for 13 to 19 year olds struggling with mental health issues, and specifically addictive behaviours. They teach math skills and life skills side-by-side. Their program will provide five additional beds and will be distributed to several families based on financial need.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

Renascent - Toronto, ON

Renascent's new Mental Health Capacity Building (MHCB) project will enable them to provide focused education to equip their counsellors with the skills and expertise in managing concurrent mental health problems. As a result, Renascent's gender-specific 12-step focused, abstinence-based treatment approach will be more accessible for people with addictions who also present with mood/anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, trauma, suicidal ideation, violence and anger and brain injury.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

Renfrew Victoria Hospital - Renfrew, ON

Mental Health Link will provide key information about mental health to first responders in the pre-hospital care environment via smartphone applications and the internet. Information will include how to interact with persons suffering from mental illness, assessment and diagnosis, psychiatric medication, treatment options, and mental health intervention in disaster situations.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Toronto, ON

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario's Ask The Expert Helpline (ATE) is a free support line providing support through telephone, online and in-person. The project aims to expand their services by implementing an outreach campaign to rural communities and the north. The outreach campaign would target larger segments of the population including diverse ethno-cultural and social groups.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

SKETCH Working Arts for Street Involved and Homeless Youth - Toronto, ON

Young Women in Mind focuses on outreach to young women who face mental health, addiction and trauma issues. By using artistic programs based in community health centres, drop ins and shelters, we will help these young women rebuild their lives and connect with mental health professionals outside of an institutional framework. The program is broken down into three phases: Community outreach and partnership creation, Creative Programming, and Leadership Training.

Community Fund Ontario 2013

St. Michael's Hospital - Toronto, ON

St. Michael's Hospital aims to develop educational and therapeutic resources to support the Mindfulness and Group Therapy program. The group curriculum is being adapted so that the mindfulness practices can be accessible to a broader population. This will include the development of shorter guided meditations which will be distributed on a CD or posted on a website. In addition, DVDs and handouts will be developed for patients to use for their own home practice.

Community Fund Ontario 2013