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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Horizons for Youth – Toronto, ON

Horizons, a shelter for homeless and at-risk youth aged 16-24, provides emergency accommodations and support programs for up to 45 youth each day. With the Bell Let’s Talk grant, the organization would be able to make a part-time mental health and addictions worker full time, with benefits. This person provides informal counselling, connects clients to supportive resources in the community, monitors client medication and medicating practices and accompanies clients to appointments.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

John Howard Society of Belleville and District – Belleville, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support hiring a coordinator to strengthen the work of the Youth Wellness Hub, turning it into a one-stop-shop community partnership to develop integrated mental health, health, education, employment and addiction services for young people aged 12-25 years. It will be headquartered at a single, easy-to-access, youth-friendly walk-in location to improve access and outcomes for youth.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services Inc. – Kitchener, ON

The Bell Community Fund Grant will let this organization deploy a full-time Attachment Specialist as part of its Trauma and Attachment Therapy program’s parenting group. This group focuses on long-term psycho-social and addiction problems which are the single greatest factor limiting a person’s ability to parent effectively. By involving both parent and child in ongoing therapy, this group in effect treats 2 generations at once, increasing the chance of long-term success for both.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Le Centre Psychosociale – Ottawa, ON

To better serve young adults in Eastern Ontario who face barriers to help because of the language they speak or because they live in isolated communities, the Centre will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to upgrade its website and revamp the tools available in collaboration with local school boards. The Centre supports clients who present with a variety of mental disorders, ranging from depression and anxiety to suicidal thoughts.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

London Health Sciences Foundation – London, ON

Bell funding will support expanding an innovative service that addresses the gap in mental health services for youth aged 16-25 experiencing mood and anxiety disorders. The grant will enable the Foundation to add a social worker and a psychiatrist/psychologist to reduce wait times of up to 19 weeks as demand for clinical service has increased 79% in 2 years, with up to 14 new individuals seeking help every week.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto – Toronto, ON

To augment its services for Indigenous children, this organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to launch Creativity Listens. This is a weekly creative writing group for at-risk urban Indigenous youth aged 16-24 who experience mental health issues and face multiple challenges and barriers to accessing service. The project lets participants express themselves through creative writing in a culturally respectful environment, while also building skills in reading, writing and public speaking.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Nelson Youth Centres – Burlington, ON

As part of their clinical support to individuals aged 7-17 with mental health challenges, and their families, the Centres offer an after-school therapeutic program that provides families with the support, strategies and tools needed to enable their children to develop positive relationships and connections to their community. Bell funding will enable the Centres to add 3 new groups to the program, reaching 30 additional families and children and reducing the wait list by 30%.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre – Oakville, ON

Focused on helping children with behavioural issues, the Centre will offer a program for parents, funded in part by Bell Let’s Talk. This entails Collaborative Problem Solving workshops for parents plus a one-on-one coaching session. This will help parents solidify their skills, support their children by building a healthy relationship, teach resiliency, improve frustration tolerance and problem solving and reduce family stress and anxiety.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder – Ottawa, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the Network to deliver a TeleConnections program, a first of its kind in Canada. This involves a 12-week series of telephone conferences to provide people outside of Ottawa, particularly those in rural areas in northern and eastern Ontario and Western Québec, with peer-to-peer and family-to-family support groups. The program will reduce feelings of isolation, guilt and depression that many family members feel when faced with mental illness in the family.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Our Kids Count of Thunder Bay Inc. – Thunder Bay, ON

An organization that works with children and families who are overburdened and in financial need, Our Kids Count will use Bell funding to launch a walk-in counselling service and training for current staff. Located in a neighbourhood where some of the most vulnerable individuals live, the centre will address clients with acutely elevated risk and get them started on a longer term plan if needed, reducing or eliminating wait times and delivering critical support as soon as possible.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Peel Children’s Centre – Mississauga, ON

With Bell’s grant, the Centre – one of the largest child mental health agencies in Canada – will offer support to an additional 25 children and their families through the free Strongest Families program. Strongest Families is designed to support children aged 3-12 who experience anxiety and disruptive behaviours by providing interventions to families in the privacy of their own homes via telephone and other technologies at times most convenient to the client.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Peterborough Youth Services – Peterborough, ON

Bell Let's Talk Community Fund dollars will enable the creation of a youth walk-in service to help reduce an 11-month wait list for young people seeking help with issues ranging from bulling and family conflict to suicidal thoughts and sexual identity. The funds will be allocated to staffing costs as the centre works to reduce the wait list both by offering real-time counselling in a more timely manner and referrals to other professionals as needed.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Sault Area Hospital Foundation – Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Bell funding will enable the Foundation to implement Safewards, a radical change to the way hospitals provide in-patient care for those with mental health and addiction issues. The grant will cover start-up costs of staff training and equipment – including everything from electronic devices to musical instruments – for the enhanced recreational aspects of the therapy. This will help foster alternative coping skills that will help patients transition successfully back into the community.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Sheena’s Place – Toronto, ON

Sheena's Place is the only community-based organization in Ontario providing immediate professional support programs free of charge to people affected by eating disorders. Although their workshops reached 680 people in 2017, they still had 180 people on a waiting list. They will use Bell Let’s Talk funds to reduce the backlog by expanding their current program, adding 9 more workshops spread throughout the year.

Community Fund Ontario 2018

Sherbourne Health Centre – Toronto, ON

The Centre focuses on providing services for priority populations such as the LGBTQ2S community, homeless and under-housed people, and newcomers to Canada. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will support 2 mental health counsellors, meeting facilitation and transportation costs for the TREE (Trauma Recovery, Education and Empowerment) program which provides skills development and mental health support for male, Two-Spirit and non-binary gendered survivors of trauma.

Community Fund Ontario 2018