Growing the global conversation 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. Let’s keep the conversation going and work together to create a stigma-free Canada.

The 2018 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.

The 2018 Community Fund application window is now open and runs until March 31, 2018. Click here for more information.

Small action. Big impact.


Total number of interactions



in Community Fund grants


Community Fund grants

$2.54 million in grants

Children & Youth

$646K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.25 million in grants

Military family support


Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million


to mental health initiatives


crisis and distress

line callers


children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs


individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs


trained staff and volunteers


military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund

4 out of 5

Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

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

St. Michael’s Hospital - Toronto, ON

With support from Bell Let’s Talk, the hospital will acquire a comprehensive curriculum of material for its STAR (Supporting Transitions and Recovery) Learning Centre, Canada's first recovery college. This is a new way to support mental health recovery through education rather than traditional health services. STAR is led by individuals with lived experience of mental health issues, aided by mental health professionals, and includes instruction in recovery action planning, applied suicide intervention skills and mental health first aid.

Community fund Ontario 2015