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

ROCK – Burlington, ON

To fill an identified gap in mental health services for young people in Acton and Georgetown, this agency will us Bell Let’s Talk funding to expand its successful Youth Aiding Youth program to reach more children aged 6-12. Specifically, that means at least doubling the number of schools in which they operate their regular social skills groups during classroom hours plus adding another evening group to help address children who are experiencing challenges including ADHD, social anxiety, autism, behavioural concerns and bullying.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Smiths Falls & District Centre for Youth – Smiths Falls, ON

The Centre will invest the Bell Let’s Talk grant in safeTALK training for 1,500 youths, enabling them to become suicide-alert helpers, able to recognize early signs of people with suicidal thoughts and equipped to help them find the right support. The agency will also implement mental health first aid awareness campaigns to make 2 school boards, 5 communities and 23 schools more aware of and safer from suicide.

Community fund Ontario 2016

St. Joseph’s Health Care London – London, ON

With a special focus on helping senior citizens living with mental illness and aboriginal communities from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula, this institution will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support the training of community clinicians in proven problem-solving therapy. The grant will also help in the development of a user-friendly problem-solving workbook that allows the client to monitor their depressive symptoms and actively engage in their own recovery, supporting ongoing mental health vitality to help members of these often isolated demographics.

Community fund Ontario 2016

St. Stephen’s Community Housing – Toronto, ON

St. Stephen’s serves about 25,000 vulnerable people in downtown Toronto with housing and counselling, including more than 1,500 youth at risk. Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the organization to hire two youth workers who will co-ordinate outreach into community schools, organizing the bundle of services for the youth clients (housing, employment, academic support) and following up to make sure the clients attend all appointments so they can overcome their mental health challenges.

Community fund Ontario 2016

TAIBU Community Health Centre – Scarborough (ON)

With Bell Let’s Talk funding, TAIBU intends to expand its current suite of services with community-based, easily accessible and culturally appropriate psychological and psychotherapy services. Specifically, the grant will enable improved intake assessment producing an individualized and comprehensive care and follow-up plan as well as a telemedicine service for clients who have difficulty getting to the Centre.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Upstream Ottawa – Ottawa, ON

Upstream Ottawa provides intensive mental health case management with a family focus to those suffering from severe and persistent mental illness, serving about 70 clients a year. With the Bell Let’s Talk grant, they will hire a person to design and implement a volunteer network to relieve clinical staff of the need to help clients with non-clinical activities such as giving rides to medical/rehab appointments or grocery shopping, routine tasks that can consume up to 30% of clinicians’ time.

Community fund Ontario 2016

Victim Services Toronto – Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support training and equipment for Toronto’s first trauma dog program to help reduce the impact of trauma on children's mental health. Of the 20,000 people Victim Services Toronto helps each year, more than 7,000 are children. The trauma dog and a trained handler will support children under the age of 17 who have witnessed or been involved in traumatic and/or violent events. Research shows that trauma dogs can significantly reduce anxiety and stress and ultimately mitigate the effects of trauma.

Community fund Ontario 2016

YWCA Peterborough Haliburton – Peterborough, ON

To better serve clients at its abused women’s shelter who suffer from mental illness, the YWCA will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to train staff. Working with the Canadian Mental Health Association, the training will enable the organization to increase the availability, level and scope of services in the community, proactively ensuring greater access to direct care for these vulnerable women. It will focus in particular on breaking the stigma that so often keeps these women from seeking help.

Community fund Ontario 2016