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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Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation – Ottawa, ON

Funding from Bell will be used to train staff leaders in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, plus make available a train-the-trainer course to enable them to teach others within the hospital. This will enable clinicians to treat patients in a crisis setting in the emergency room, improving treatment, reducing wait times and preventing the escalation of mental health crises.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Right to Play – Toronto, ON

A global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity, Right to Play will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding to provide Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training for community mentors and staff at its annual training retreats. As well, they will develop a new coping skills resource to help young people who are dealing with mental health issues.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

RNJ Youth Services – Brockville, ON

This group will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant to support hiring a full-time youth mental health worker who will provide early intervention for young people participating in any of the group’s numerous services for youth at risk. With daily access to such support, more young people will learn coping skills to better manage their low to medium mental health challenges and/or receive more timely referral to further help.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre – Pembroke, ON

Dedicated to improving access to mental health care, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to help support hiring a part-time navigator and 2 volunteers who will link with walk-in clinics to guide clients through the process to gain access to resources in the community. They will also liaise with other agencies to ensure the Centre’s resources are current and all- encompassing.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Smilezone Foundation – Oakville, ON

The Foundation will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding in creating more access to inclusive and creative therapy at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Specifically, they will renovate the 8-bed unit, adding equipment for sensory play, art and music therapy, and entertainment as part of enriching the overall atmosphere for youth who need emergency care.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation – Hamilton, ON

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will help support hiring a mobile clinician for LGBTQ+ youth, helping about 30 young people a month with individual treatment plans and welcoming support groups to address their mental health and addictions challenges. This person will also help young people navigate the healthcare system should their needs require ongoing and more comprehensive treatment.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

The Canadian Mental Health Association – Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Working with the City of Sault Ste. Marie, the CMHA will develop a peer support program to mitigate the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder in first responders with the help of funding from Bell Let’s Talk. The professionally monitored program will include an e-learning curriculum that will ensure continued mental health training while telephone and/or video counselling will provide remote assessment and treatment.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Western University – London, ON

As part of its Smart, Healthy Campus program, the university will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to hire a coordinator for its resilience mentorship program which aims to reduce the significant mental health challenges faced by more than half of new students. This will enable more focused support for up to 380 students through 150 mentors.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Yorktown Child and Family Centre – Toronto, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funds will be put to work to enhance the highly successful Yorktown Youth Success program with a new Gateway program which connects young people at risk with the resources they need. Yorktown offers workshops led by youth outreach workers in community spaces, engaging young people in topics that are important to them and providing them with emotional resiliency, social aptitude and soft skills.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

Youth Opportunities Unlimited – London, ON

To fill an acknowledged gap in services for young people, this organization will use its Bell Let’s Talk grant to support a pilot program called Cornerstone Counselling, a non-crisis, mental health and/or addictions service for those aged 16 to 25 years. This pilot will test research that indicated that people of that age are much more likely to seek treatment through a “youth hub” rather than through often-intimidating traditional services.

Community Fund Ontario 2017

YWCA Niagara Region – St. Catharines, ON

This organization will use the Bell Let’s Talk grant to hire an addiction and mental health support worker to liaise with people in need while they are living in YWCA shelters. The worker will provide one-on-one counselling and help clients navigate the various agencies that are in place to provide in-depth, ongoing support.

Community Fund Ontario 2017