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

$20.8 million in funding

Children & Youth

$2.7 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

Find out where the funds go

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham – Port Perry, ON

This organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support staff and cover workshop expenses for the Think, Feel, ACT! program. Based on a proven cognitive behavioral framework, this program addresses the needs of children aged 9-12 who struggle with anxiety. Once a week for 10 weeks, volunteer mentors meet with the children for an hour after school, during lunch or at any time throughout the school day, focusing on activities that build resilience, social and emotional competence, self-regulation, anxiety and stress management abilities.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Broad Reach Foundation for Young Leaders – Toronto, ON

In an innovative program aimed at instilling valuable life skills in young people challenged by mental illness, the Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to support a sailing therapy program. Specifically, the money will go to buy equipment such as life-vests and foul-weather gear for participants to use as they are trained on operating large sailboats through the National Yacht Club, with additional activities on shore in the offseason. This will not only provide a valuable recreational output, it will also teach new skills such as discipline and teamwork.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Camp Winston – Toronto, ON

Camp Winston offers programs at a Muskoka lake summer camp for children with a variety of mental health challenges including obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders. Bell funding will support counsellor wages and training as well as individualized programming for each child and year-round collaboration with families and schools.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Carea Community Health Centre – Oshawa, ON

To expand the many free services it already offers - including health promotion, primary care and mental health counseling - the Center will use Bell Let's Talk funding to hire staff and cover expenses for a new program, Gender Journeys. This is an eight-week program for anyone between the ages of 13 and 25 who is considering a gender change. This program provides enriching information and contacts for people who think about their gender identity, transgender people and people of different gender identities.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada – Toronto, ON

Youth who have been involved with the child welfare system suffer not only from unaddressed mental health issues. They also face a patchwork of support resources with many gaps when they leave the system. To counter that, the Foundation will use Bell funds to create a transition hub featuring a multi-disciplinary team of experts committed to deliver a holistic approach. It will be led by a mental health navigator who will connect young people to an integrated network of support resources.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Children’s Centre – Thunder Bay, ON

The Centre will invest Bell Let’s Talk funding in the specialized training and clinician time needed to launch a new intervention model. This will address the Centre’s most pressing need: a long wait list for young people to see a therapist and will include a new Single Session Service model that will enable staff to meet with clients within a week of referral. It is also a response to client requests for flexible and accessible mental health interventions.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville – Brockville, ON

One of the priorities for children’s mental health clinicians at both Children's Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville and Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth is to obtain enhanced training to better understand addictions, plus support to promote better identification of substance use and provide early intervention in a family centred approach. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support that training for 60 clinicians, plus higher-level training for another 15 individuals.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Connections Early Years Family Centre – Windsor, ON

To enhance services to families and children from birth to 6 years old, the Centre will use Bell funds to deliver the Kids Have Stress Too! program, including staffing and equipment costs. Focused on the child’s social and emotional development, the program teaches parents, educators and other caregivers to help children enhance their physical, mental, emotional and behavioral coping skills, thinking styles and key abilities during the important window of opportunity of the early years.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation – Cornwall, ON

This Bell-funded project is a pilot initiative to test a program of group sessions for parents and caregivers of high-risk infants, providing early access to high-quality services through collaboration with other community agencies. Funding will cover on-site training in English and French for 20 parents and caregivers in the Make the Connection program to address root causes of an increase in demand for mental health services for children aged 4 and up.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Downtown Mission – Windsor, ON

The Bell Let's Talk community fund will contribute to the wages of a mental health nurse who will provide direct care to clients, education for clients and staff, advocacy and outreach. The nurse will act as a primary care provider and deliver case management to ensure continuity of care for clients. The service will be offered at no costs which eliminates financial barriers and improves access to care, key issues for those experiencing homelessness and mental illness.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Equestrian Association for the Disabled – Mount Hope, ON

The Association works to enhance the mental well-being of children and youth with physical, behavioural, and developmental disabilities through a unique form of proven therapy with the use of horses. About 320 clients and their families are involved with each session. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, the Association will provide certification training for 5 staff and 50 volunteers in mental health first aid and applied suicide intervention skills.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Family Service Toronto – Toronto, ON

Bell funding will enable this agency to increase the reach of its play therapy service by offering training to counsellors working with children traumatized by high conflict between their parents. Training in play therapy will be provided to 30 therapists and 5 graduate students in 14 community agencies, with 10 therapists receiving deeper instruction building capacity in their respective agencies.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Family Services Ottawa – Ottawa, ON

As the only community-based service provider providing clinical groups for mothers suffering post-partum depression and anxiety, this organization will use Bell funds to enhance and enlarge its program. That will include creating a secure website offering 24/7 access to new resources as well as developing better processes to ensure referral pathways to further support are more effective.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Family Services Windsor Essex – Windsor

With support for staff and materials from Bell Let’s Talk, this organization will launch the Wellness & Coaching Program. This is a 4-week education program open to all clients experiencing daily challenges such as sadness, stress, feeling bad, managing past or current life events. Using discussions and a coping toolkit, the program supports early intervention and allows for ongoing learning and skills building for clients who have experienced trauma.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Hong Fook Mental Health Association – Scarborough, ON

After successfully introducing Wrap-Around Mental Health Supports for East Asian Youth in Markham a year ago, the Association will use the Bell grant to support the expansion of the program to Richmond Hill. The program offers a variety of tactics, including workshops and drop-in centres to help young people address stigma against mental health, provide early identification and intervention and make connection to culturally and linguistically appropriate services. 

Community Fund Ontario 2018