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

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Big Brother Big Sisters of South West Durham – Pickering, ON

With the support of Bell Let’s Talk, this organization will hire a social worker to develop and deliver 10 distinct training sessions for frontline mentors whose mandate is to facilitate positive mental health in the children the agency serves. The training will emphasize topics such as identifying early signs/symptoms of mental illness, reducing stigma, coping skills, positive personal development and community resources.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Canadian Mental Health Association – Thunder Bay Branch – Thunder Bay, ON

CMHA Thunder Bay will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to implement the next step in their adoption of the Coaching Outside the Box model for staff and administration so they can better serve their 500 clients. Specifically, the grant will enable the organization to train 10 employees in this model, a proven method of improving overall communication and the ability to resolve conflicts, thus enhancing team dynamics by focusing on accountability and solutions.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Canadian Red Cross

A $150,000 donation from Bell Let's Talk will see the Canadian Red Cross will incorporate mental health programming into its standard first aid training and launch a new Canadian Red Cross program focused on training first responders to look beyond physical symptoms and evaluate emotional well-being following an emergency such as a natural disaster.

Major gifts Ontario 2016

Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) – National

CRE builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth aged 14 to 29 through exchanges, conferences, workshops and leadership training programs. Bell Let’s Talk funding will cover Mental Health first Aid training costs for 25 youth leaders of CRE’s national Youth Reconciliation Initiative that they will then deliver in 11 workshops across the country including to remote and fly-in First Nations communities and to 250 participants at the organization’s annual national conference in Winnipeg.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Child and Family Centre – Sudbury, ON

As the lead child and youth mental health agency for the Sudbury-Manitoulin District, the CFC offers a wide variety of services, including a walk-in centre. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enable the agency to expand the walk-in service to more rural communities to better meet the needs of under-served populations, including francophones and First Nations people. Funding will cover staff training and promotion of the service to raise awareness.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Children’s Aid Foundation – Toronto, ON

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will support a pilot project to provide 50 young clients of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto with Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which has proven effective in managing symptoms such as anxiety and depression, especially in trauma-related cases. Without this support, the Society has no money to provide this therapy, which involves 8-12 weeks of private specialized counselling designed to help the youths overcome the trauma and be positioned for future success.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Connecting Women with Scarborough Services – Tides Canada – Scarborough, ON

This organization – a partnership of community agencies that provides a co-ordinated approach to addressing violence against women – is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to hire staff to extend its services to 2 underserviced areas of Scarborough and to make services more accessible for women who often find themselves isolated by violence. The initiative focuses on enhancing access to mental health services through a coordinated service intake model and training for frontline staff throughout the city.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation – Cornwall, ON

To make the most of the city’s new Addiction and Mental Health Centre – which opens in the fall of 2016 to provide a single point of access for those experiencing addiction or mental health issues – the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop and implement a family-inclusive model of care, the first of its kind in eastern Ontario. As well, the hospital will establish a train-the-trainer program to improve the skills of volunteers.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Distress Centre Oakville – Oakville, ON

The volunteers at this agency staff 2 call centres and handle about 1,100 crisis calls and texts a month for people in Halton Region suffering from loneliness and emotional stress. They will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to upgrade their systems to expand their confidential, no-cost service to better handle the growing population base.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Essex Windsor EMS – Windsor, ON

To improve the standard of care for first responders in Windsor and Essex County, this organization will invest Bell Let’s Talk funds in a pilot project to ensure mental health is a significant element of the care provided to those who respond to life and death situations regularly as part of their job. The project will ensure that all peer support activities are overseen by a mental health professional to ensure that the support adheres to best practices in early intervention and that help is readily available for more severe cases.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Fairview Mennonite Home – Cambridge, ON

Fairview houses more than 300 seniors in various levels of retirement living. To improve its services, the Home will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to provide 360 Degrees of Wellness training including Mental Health First Aid, to both staff and residents so that residents can, when possible, manage their own mental health challenges with the support of the knowledgeable staff.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Gerstein Crisis Centre – Toronto, ON

To augment its work with people in crisis, the Gerstein Crisis Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to introduce a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), a proven peer-led program in which individuals work together to design their own recovery plans, incorporating physical activity as a core strategy. The grant will cover 5 groups in the 8-week program, providing benefits to 75 young people.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Grand River Hospital – Kitchener, ON

Children with dual diagnosis – for instance both a developmental and a mental health disorder – present a difficult challenge even in a well-respected children’s mental health unit such as the Grand River Hospital. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will support a year-long pilot project in which outside specialists will be brought in to develop individual behavioural plans for challenging patients and to work with full-time staff as coach and consultant.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Madison Community Services – Toronto, ON

A mental health agency that provides housing and support programs, Madison is using Bell Let’s Talk funding to expand its RISE (recovery during immigration and settlement) program. Specifically the grant will enable Madison to make its Arabic and Farsi-speaking case managers available 5 days a week as the agency copes with the recent influx of refugees from the war-torn Middle East, many of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Community Fund Ontario 2016

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre – Little Current, ON

An agency that supports the health of Anishinabek and Aboriginal communities on Manitoulin Island, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to support an additional day a week for a child and youth worker to provide clinical assessments, counselling and referral services at the Centre as well as work in the community to promote and educate about wholistic health practices with individuals and other community agencies.

Community Fund Ontario 2016