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

$3.1 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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Addiction and Mental Health Services Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington – Kingston, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the training of 6 trainers who will in turn train about 200 others in a series of courses on suicide prevention and support for families of those with mental health challenges. In addition, the grant will enable the organization to add new material to its community-access resource library as well as other material for distribution throughout the community, creating long-term support for years to come.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Brockville General Hospital Foundation – Brockville, ON

As part of its recreation therapy program for in-patients, the hospital will use Bell Let’s Talk Community funds to launch a music therapy initiative. The grant will cover the cost of a musical therapy specialist as well as equipment that the recreation therapist can use at any time. Staff asked for the new program after seeing that music had a calming effect on patients undergoing therapy.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND) at St. Michael's Hospital – Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funds will support CAN-BIND’s Indigenous program which has a long-term goal of reducing substance abuse and suicide among the youth of the Whitefish River First Nation. A factor in the program is addressing mental health challenges in concert with social support and cultural resilience in a community-based program. A major part of the grant will go toward training community members in suicide prevention.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Cancer Society – Toronto, ON

To address the reality that cancer patients experience higher than normal mental health issues, the Society will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to enhance its mental health training for staff and volunteers to ensure they are sensitive to all the needs of the clients. It will also launch a new online matching system that will enable people living with cancer to get peer support by phone or online from a trained volunteer who has experienced similar health challenges.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Mental Health Association, Halton Region Branch – Milton, ON

This Association will leverage Bell Let’s Talk funding to establish a free walk-in counselling service 4 days a week in 3 communities in the region. Counsellors will provide clients aged 16 and up with one-on-one sessions, no appointment necessary, covering a variety of issues from family violence, depression, anxiety and sexual orientation. Counsellors will also be trained to refer clients to the appropriate local resources for ongoing support.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch – Windsor, ON

To address a long wait list, the branch will use its Bell Let's Talk grant for a new Bounce Back program. This is a skill-building program for adults experiencing low mood or stress, offering self-help through an instructional video on DVD or online with practical tips on dealing with depressive symptoms, plus a series of workbooks supported by telephone coaching. The aim is to reach 150 clients a year, offering access to the service within 5 days.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Children's Mental Health Ontario – Toronto, ON

Children's Mental Health Ontario represents Ontario's publicly-funded Child and Youth Mental Health Centres. With the help of Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will expand the training of staff and volunteers in suicide first aid using the safeTALK program. They will also conduct a workshop for their province-wide Youth Action Committee and travel to 10 partner organizations. In all the program will see 250 people trained directly with another 750 being indirectly impacted.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Christie Lake Kids – Ottawa, ON

Christie Lake Kids provides economically disadvantaged children, many of whom also suffer from mental health challenges, with quality year-round skills programming. With its Bell Let’s Talk grant, the organization will implement new mental health training for its staff and volunteers to accommodate a growing need both in year-round programs and at Christie Lake Camp using the Collaborative Problem Solving model for providing support to children and youth with social, emotional and behavioural challenges.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Health Sciences North Foundation – Sudbury, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable people to access psychiatric crisis support from home via a safe videoconferencing link between the home and hospital psychiatric staff who will be available 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. This enables clients to get in-the-moment psychiatric help in their homes no matter where they live. It will also reduce calls to police services and pressure on the overburdened emergency department.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

JFS Ottawa (The Counselling Group) – Ottawa, ON

JFS Ottawa supports individual, family and communal life through direct social service, partnership and advocacy. To enhance the work of its mental health program, The Counselling Group, which works with partners to offer walk-in clinics, the organization will use Bell funds to integrate telephone and e-counselling to provide people in need with remote access to care from trained counsellors.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

London Public Library – London, ON

London Health Sciences Centre and the London Public Library, will use Bell Let's Talk funds to build on a successful pilot project and train 6 additional counsellors in Problem Solving Therapy to augment the capacity of the community’s Geriatric Mental Health Program. As well as directly helping the clients, the program is expected to reduce pressure on the healthcare system as a whole.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

National Eating Disorder Information Centre – Toronto, ON

The operator of Canada’s only toll-free helpline and information resource for people with an eating disorder and their families, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to improve access to its helpline services through the addition of an instant chat program. This will remove another accessibility barrier and enable more people to overcome the stigma associated with eating disorders assured of the anonymity and confidentiality of the counsel.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA) – Sudbury, ON

A peer-run mental health support group, NISA will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to introduce a new support group called Alternatives to Suicide. This will entail training for 25 peer facilitators who will both lead the NISA Alternatives to Suicide group and share their expertise with other agencies and educational institutions. NISA will also convene a workshop open to the entire community to further spread awareness of the issue and knowledge of counter-suicide strategies.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Physical and Health Education Canada – Ottawa, ON

The Bell Let's Talk grant will support PHE Canada as it develops a series of support tools and resources for teachers in the form of podcast tutorials and downloadable tip sheets for its Teach Resiliency program. This program promotes better mental health and provides strategies for Canada’s 200,000 teachers and administrators to help their 4 million students, and themselves, be more mentally resilient.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Queen's University

The $1 million Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair was renewed with the reappointment of internationally renowned Queen’s Professor Dr. Heather Stuart.

Major gifts Ontario 2017