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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Community Counselling Alliance - Windsor-Essex, ON

Focused on providing immediate access to a counsellor to prevent people from going into crisis, the Community Counselling Alliance Initiative operates walk-in clinics in Windsor and Leamington. The Bell Let’s Talk community grant will enable the organization to open the clinics for an additional 2 days a week, providing better access to treatment and referrals for individuals of all ages.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Hawkesbury & District General Hospital Foundation - Hawkesbury, ON

In an initiative to reduce the waiting list for psychiatric services at the hospital, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to deploying Beating the Blues software. This computer and multi-media technology enables patients feeling stressed, anxious or depressed to access online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions where they can learn strategies to help them better cope in the short term. The Foundation estimates Beat the Blues will reduce the waiting list for therapists by 16%.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services Incorporated - Waterloo Region, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support Temper Taming Together, a program focused on providing parents and children with skills and strategies to better regulate their emotions and improve parent-child attachment. Stronger family relationships have been shown to foster more positive developmental outcomes, including better mental health. The program addresses many mental health challenges, including impulse control, anxiety and attention deficit disorder.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

LOFT Community Services - York Region, ON

LOFT will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to increase housing and assisted living services for at-risk and homeless seniors with mental health and addiction issues in 6 northern communities of York Region. The funds will help provide low-income seniors with affordable housing, recreational activities and psycho-geriatric support to prevent unnecessary hospitalization and postpone institutionalized care. LOFT serves about 1,400 clients a year through its housing and support services and Mobile Support Teams.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

London Health Sciences Foundation - London, ON

Many people living with mental health issues are challenged to afford the day-to-day expenses they face to get their treatment, everything from bus tickets and taxi vouchers, to parking, meal costs, and paying for someone to watch the children while the parent is in treatment. The Foundation’s Mental Health Patient Assistance Program, supported by Bell Let’s Talk funding, addresses those needs in order to ensure patients can afford to continue their therapy without financial hardship.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Mental Health Network of Chatham Kent - Chatham-Kent, ON

Through Hope House, the Mental Health Network of Chatham Kent provides 2 free meals daily to its clients, 99% of whom live below the poverty line and suffer from a mental illness. Just as important, in a program directly supported by Bell Let’s Talk, Hope House works with its clients to teach them to plan meals, budget, shop, prepare and store food as well as providing guidance in health and wellness and exercise programs. Even though many are too ill to prepare a whole meal on their own, they take pride in helping in the kitchen.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

North Bay Regional Health Centre - North Bay, ON

In an area that runs from James Bay to Bracebridge/Parry Sound and from Wawa to Mattawa, there have been only 10 early psychosis intervention (EPI) programs covering more than 273 communities. Bell funding will enable the Centre to implement an EPI Training Program which, at no cost to the service providers, will significantly increase the capacity for early identification and improve caregivers’ ability to make the appropriate referrals and support the recovery of affected individuals in their home communities.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Pathstone Mental Health - Thorold, ON

As the only accredited provider of children's mental health treatment in the entire Niagara region, Pathstone will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to reach more children and youth in need. Specifically, the funding will enable Pathstone to deploy its mental health therapists to train more caregivers in behavioural, cognitive and supportive therapies, thus enabling the organization to offer more children guidance in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal skills.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Punjabi Community Health Services - Brampton, ON

In supporting the SAHARA BETI group, Bell funding will help at-risk South Asian girls coping with mental health issues and suicide tendencies. In addition to the normal stresses of growing up, South Asian girls may feel more vulnerable because of cultural conflicts with their parents and siblings. SAHARA BETI will provide counselling for girls, develop written and online material and organize public forums to inform and support all family members facing these challenges.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Rainbow’s End Community Development Corporation - Hamilton, ON

Colours Café, at St. Joseph’s Health Care West 5th Campus, not only offers healthy food options to customers, it also provides fulfilling employment for 15 people living with mental illness and serves as a real-life stigma-defying model every day. To support this work, Bell Let’s Talk funding will buy more and better kitchen equipment to enable the café to offer more variety, plus it will be used to buy coffee-cup sleeves that carry an explicit anti-stigma message, raising awareness and keeping the conversation going.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Sheena’s Place - Toronto, ON

Sheena's Place offers hope and support to individuals, families and friends affected by eating disorders through a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services. With its Bell Let’s Talk funding, the organization will develop a support program for men, an often-neglected sector of the population when it comes to eating disorders. The program will include weekly support groups and body image workshops as well as a targeted social media awareness campaign and proactive outreach to the gay, bisexual and trans communities.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Stepping Stones Support Services - Bothwell, ON

Stepping Stones works to find employment for more than 700 clients who live on social assistance and who, in many cases, live with mental illnesses. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable them to train their front-line workers to deal more effectively with clients who, in addition to being under-educated and facing substance abuse issues, often have mental illness challenges. This training will ensure that local community staff will be better prepared to look for mental illness issues in their clients and refer them to the appropriate assistance.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton - Hamilton, ON

With its Bell Let’s Talk grant, the Council will provide suicide prevention training to 1,500 first responders in the police, paramedic and fire services. These public servants are often the first to face people who may be suicidal. This training will teach the most appropriate actions to take when suicidal behaviors are a concern, to themselves, their colleagues or the people they serve. It includes advice on starting the conversation about suicide with those who are vulnerable and information on local resources they can tap into.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies (CMS) - Toronto, ON

CMS and St. Joseph's Health Centre have launched an innovative partnership to integrate their mindfulness-based therapy programs so that clients can receive support at either the hospital or CMS. Supported by Bell Let’s Talk funding, the program will enable patients to choose either the hospital or the community clinic to receive treatment. It will also potentially reduce demand on hospital resources and reduce stigma by providing an alternative to hospital outpatient care.

Community Fund Ontario 2014

The Peer Project – Youth Assisting Youth - Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable this organization to expand its One-to-One Mentoring Program to the high needs community of Scarborough, through the focused work of a team that includes a staff social worker, a parent support worker and a volunteer recruiter. This will enable, among other things, more training for youth volunteers and a stepped-up intake and assessment process in which a social worker will visit each child’s home and provide families with referrals to specialized resources.

Community Fund Ontario 2014