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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Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch - Barrie, ON

Bell Let’s Talk supports the CARE Project which provides crisis intervention services to clients who experience serious and persistent mental illness, dual diagnoses and concurrent disorders. In addition to short-term intensive case management, the project will also develop and distribute wellness kits that include information on customized coping strategies and information on various services in the community to supplement the efforts of a staff member who, among other things, will ride along with police on Mental Health Act calls.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Children’s Health Foundation - London, ON

To address long wait lists for children and adolescents experiencing mental health issues, Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the Foundation’s Wait List Project which intends to continue to pilot, evaluate and implement new ways to reduce wait times. In the last year, the project has cut the average wait time from more than a year to less than 6 months but with further innovation, leaders believe they can make even more changes to enable more youth to get faster access to care as well as help other organizations make similar advances in their communities.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami - Ottawa, ON

Faced with high suicide rates among its constituents, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami – the representative organization for Inuit in Canada – is developing a national Inuit suicide prevention strategy that will be supported by the grant from Bell Let’s Talk. The strategy will involve close collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, including justice, education, corrections, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Mental Health Council of Canada, and the community. This will inevitably build capacity to be better equipped to find solutions.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation - Burlington, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will help sustain the CAP Clinic, the community’s primary access point for children and adolescents in need of mental health services. The clinic provides direct and timely access to the full spectrum of mental health services including assessment, treatment and aftercare. Since 2013, the clinic has seen a 400% jump in referrals for services and assessment, including a 310% increase in access to the child and adolescent psychiatrist and a 157% increase in access to the clinic social worker.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Kindercare Foundation -Toronto, ON

With support from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, the Foundation will provide more access to practical workshops to support parents as they strive to support their children suffering from mental illness across the GTA. It will also disseminate throughout the community the Practical Skills for Parents video series, as well as the Workshop Facilitator Manual, to share this practical approach with more families, community organizations and health providers.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Lanark County Mental Health, Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital - Smiths Falls, ON

The funded program answers increasing demand from clients who want ongoing support after their primary group programs have wound up. Specifically, it would enable the agency to train 14 people as peer group facilitators with the Ontario Peer Development Initiative. These peer support workers would then be able to serve the needs of about 150 group clients a year for up to a year, to ensure they continue to get support for mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, trauma, anxiety, depression or symptoms of psychosis.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Lutherwood Foundation - Waterloo, ON

As the lead agency for children’s mental health services in Waterloo Region, Lutherwood serves more than 22,500 people annually, including those in the highly successful Connect Parenting Group pilot program which helps foster healthier parent-child relationships, particularly where the children suffer from serious mental health challenges. Bell Let’s Talk community funding will support training for more facilitators and the development of the program so that it reaches more families.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Malvern Family Resource Centre - Scarborough, ON

Thanks in large part to Bell Let’s Talk community funding, the centre will launch a Seniors Supporting Seniors Peer Mental Health and Wellness program to address diverse mental health needs of the older population which is vulnerable to depression, illness, isolation and elder abuse. The program will offer weekly hot lunches, group counselling, monthly education sessions and weekly social activities as well as referrals to more formal mental health support resources as needed.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

New Path Youth and Family Services - Barrie, ON

New Path provides residential treatment for youths who can no longer live at home due to mental health challenges. Bell Let’s Talk community funding will support hiring a youth transitional support worker who will work with clients and their families on a case-by-case basis to investigate living options and identify supports needed to ensure a successful transition out of residential care for the young person. The case management includes follow-up to ensure the transition remains on track.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Nexus Youth Services - Mississauga, ON

With support from the Bell Let’s Talk community fund, Nexus will hire a full-time mental health clinician for its Nexus Youth Centre. The centre is a safe haven for youth, offering mental health support, daily activities and group programs, all free of charge 5 days a week. Programs are designed to connect with youth who are not comfortable accessing traditional mental health care settings. The clinician will provide free drop-in counselling and referrals for youth aged 14-24 for youth in need.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) - Sudbury, ON

In an initiative to educate and promote wellness and resilience for its Postgraduate Education (PGE) residents (physicians in their post-MD training years), NOSM is creating Wellness Peer Networks with support from Bell Let’s Talk community funding. By developing curriculum for skills in crucial conversations and cultural competency for PGE residents, linking mental health resources and developing supportive networks, there will be a positive impact on the mental health and well-being of those who live in rural and remote northern communities. Using the School’s advanced technology, including video-conferencing, these networks will promote resilience and wellness, reduce the stigma of mental illness, and develop healthcare professionals who can address mental health issues in Northern Ontario including First Nation and Francophone communities.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health - Whitby, ON

Ontario Shores will invest its Bell Let’s Talk grant in enhancing its Transitional Aged Youth Outpatient clinic which serves people aged 16-25. The aim is to reduce the waiting list which now numbers more than 270 young adults waiting for the anxiety and mood, traumatic stress and borderline personality clinics. The grant will help decrease hospitalization through earlier interventions, provide personalized treatment plans, and establish stronger community partnerships to support the patients' discharge path.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Parents’ Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLEO) - Ottawa, ON

With the help of Bell Let’s Talk funding, this organization will offer a Family Support Provision program providing one-on-one, face-to-face support to help reduce wait times for mental health services for families of children and youth with complex issues, by enabling them to connect with less well-known community programs that offer faster access. A Family Support Provider (FSP) will work with up to 48 families, providing each with a support plan that includes information on resources, a crisis plan and will help develop a collaborative relationship between patients, their caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre - Toronto, ON

PARC provides a place of safety for people discharged from mental health care centres who are living on the streets or in rooming houses in the Parkdale neighbourhood. Bell Let's Talk funding will enhance PARC’s peer accompaniment program in numerous ways, including increased training for staff, a streamlined monitoring system and the production of a video to promote the program as a model from which other organizations can learn, thus enabling more clients to benefit from early crisis intervention and maintain follow-up care appointments.

Community Fund Ontario 2015

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk will support the acquisition of a database management system to enable the Society to expand its Ask the Expert (ATE) program to meet demand that has quadrupled in the last 5 years. ATE is Canada's only support line assisting families and individuals living with schizophrenia and psychosis, staffed by counsellors and crisis intervention workers who provide counselling and advice on accessing the proper support. This is especially important for those in rural communities where access to customized services does not exist.

Community Fund Ontario 2015