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.

1,491,774,955

Total number of interactions

$129,588,747.75

committed

to mental health initiatives

888

Community Fund grants

$28.6 million in funding

Young Canadians

$3.3 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$2.1 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,300 organizations who have supported

5,556,332

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 million

in Community Fund grants

2,427,991

crisis and distress

line users

2,159,817

children & youth reached

909,000

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,469,600

trained staff and volunteers

22,824

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

78%

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

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2022

Find out where the funds go

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Le Pont de Rouyn-Noranda - Rouyn-Noranda, QC

This organization works to improve the rehabilitation and social integration of adults with mental health difficulties, aged 18 years and older. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will offer a program called “Autonomy in Everyday Life” to their clients, providing them with guidance in all key aspects of living in the community life, such apartment living, personal hygiene, cooking and laundry skills and through the group’s Kitchen Court, basic meal preparation and food preservation.

Community Fund Québec 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

Maison du Père - Montréal, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable Maison du Père to engage an additional nurse to support the rehabilitation of its clients, most of whom are homeless and suffer from a wide variety of mental disorders. The organization offers temporary housing and access to resources through its own clinicians and other healthcare partners. The new staff person is essential to meet significantly increased demand and to continue to offer a full slate of support, including ongoing monitoring.

Community Fund Québec 2015

Maison l'Eclaircie de Montréal - Montréal, QC

In support of Maison l'Eclaircie – which offers round-the clock transitional residential care plus individual clinical and psycho-social therapy for adults with severe psychosis or personality disorders – Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable a new workshop program focused on teaching clients about healthy food choices and cooking so that they are more able to take care of themselves when they leave the home. The workshops also promote social interaction to combat isolation that often intensifies the underlying disorder.

Community Fund Québec 2015

Maison l'Éclaircie de Québec City - Québec City, QC

La Maison l’Éclaircie is the only community organization in Québec that focuses on people 14 and over who suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, providing a supportive living environment plus group and individual interventions. The residential nature of the support enables staff to take into account all aspects of a client’s life. With the Bell Let’s Talk funding, the organization will hire a social worker and nutritionist to lead 3-6 group sessions as well as offer individual counselling.

Community Fund Québec 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

Mental Health Association of Yukon - Whitehorse, YU

Bell’s grant will enable the Association to augment a cognitive behavioural therapy-based program for people struggling with low mood, anxiety and depression issues, both in person and via video-conferencing, a first and much needed approach for delivering support to more remote areas. Over 8 sessions, a facilitator will provide participants with strategies to maximize their ability to deal with life's challenges, including material that is specifically tailored for teenagers and First Nations communities.

Community Fund Territories 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

Newfoundland and Labrador English School District - St. John’s, NL

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable two instructors to be trained in mental health first aid (MHFA) and then provide 2-day training sessions for school administrators in 69 junior and senior high schools, covering 59% of the student population in the province. The MHFA training will not only equip the school administrators with the skills they need on a daily basis to support the students, but will enable them to act as mental health leaders in their schools for both staff and students.

Community Fund Atlantic 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

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs -Kelowna, BC

To increase access to mental health assistance for kids from 3-19 and their families, Bell Let’s Talk supports the Talking About Wellness program, its open discussion approach to reduce stigma and its 3 streams: Flex Your Head, which provides kids from 13-18 with stress-management strategies; Friends for Life/Fun Friends which helps kids from 3-12 learn to cope with the many changes they face as they grow; and Mind Over Mood Bootcamp which assists teens who harm themselves or struggle with intense emotions.

Community Fund British Columbia 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