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

$2.9 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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Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services – Toronto, ON

Through the Syrian Women’s Expressive Arts Project, the organization engages Syrian refugee women and their families in traditional embroidery sessions as a means of reducing social isolation and vulnerability to mental health issues often faced by newcomers. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will help fund 24 art sessions and provide transportation and childcare to enable participants, many of whom live below the poverty line, to access this wellness program.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Addiction Services for York Region – Toronto, ON

The organization will use their funding to develop and implement a drop-in counselling program for young people affected by substance use, providing “youth-friendly”, non-judgemental support as soon as it is needed, helping to reduce wait-times for youth clients in need of treatment. Clients are provided with evidence-based counselling within a harm reduction framework, helping to mitigate risk and larger social problems associated with substance use such as overdose, premature death and suicide.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Boundless Adventures Association – Toronto, ON

The Boundless School aims to transform the lives of 330 at-risk youth each year, the majority of whom are struggling with mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression, by providing extraordinary education opportunities. Bell funding will support the expansion of the school’s mental health capacity within their education programs, adding new credentials and training including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Canadian Mental Health Association, Hamilton – Hamilton, ON

The association will utilize Bell Let’s Talk funding to enhance the programming and service of their Social Recreation Rehabilitation Program, which supports individuals who have a diagnosis of a serious mental illness, many of whom live below the poverty level. The program provides evening rehabilitative and social activities in a relaxed coffee house setting, where individuals in crisis can develop social, communication and life skills, enhancing their ability to cope in the public sphere.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Canadian Mental Health Association, Peel Dufferin – Brampton, ON

The Association will leverage Bell Let’s Talk funds to expand the capacity and delivery of their Youth Net program to more schools in the Peel Region and Dufferin County area. Youth Net is a “by youth for youth” program that offers alternative mental health support services for youth ages 12 to 20, generating mental health awareness, promoting resiliency, and connecting youth to mental health information and services.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Canadian Roots Exchange – Toronto, ON

CRE builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth ages 13 to 29 in Canada by facilitating dialogue and strengthening relationships through leadership programs. Bell Let’s Talk funding will help provide mental health and addictions training for Elders as well as support from Social Workers and ASIST training for the Youth Leaders involved in the Youth Reconciliation Initiative. The project will help Youth Leaders engage in difficult conversations, provide suicide prevention supports and work with youth experiencing a variety of mental health challenges.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

CHEO

A $300,000 donation to CHEO, a pediatric health and research centre in Ottawa, will support the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA), a program to help reduce wait times and improve access to mental health care. CAPA decreases wait times and streamlines service delivery, empowering patients and families to be stewards of their own mental health through collaboration with clinicians to determine the optimum treatment plan.

Major gifts Ontario 2019

Chinese Family Services of Ontario – Scarborough, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will help the organization deliver free psychotherapy and mental health services to East Asian youth and families via the Ontario Telemedicine Network - a teletherapy tool. Allowing for barrier-free access to culturally and linguistically appropriate psychotherapy services for a variety of mental health issues, the tool will enable one-to-one sessions for 280 clients from the East Asian community.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Christie Lake Kids – Ottawa, ON

Christie Lake Kids provides economically disadvantaged children and youth, many of whom also suffer from mental health challenges, with quality year-round skills based programming. The organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop a Crisis Intervention Program, certifying staff in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training which will then be delivered to 250 volunteers and staff members. The program will also be used to arm youth participants with information to help them advocate for and support peers in their social circles.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Covenant House Toronto – Toronto, ON

As Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth, Covenant House provides a wide range of services and support to as many as 300 youth a day. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the Health Care Clinic, where mental health continues to be the number one reason for youth visits. The clinic is available to youth 5 days a week, with or without an appointment.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Daya Counselling Centre – London, ON

The Centre provides short-term psychotherapy, delivered in 4 languages, at no or low cost to those who cannot otherwise afford service. Bell funding will support an extended service for complex trauma, enabling the Centre to offer up to 24 sessions to clients who would be better served by longer-term service.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Distress Centre Halton – Oakville, ON

The centre’s TeleCheck program provides scheduled outreach phone calls to people recently released from hospital following a mental health crisis, people waiting for mental health programs or services, and people who are socially isolated and at risk for suicide. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the expansion of this service which has experience a 175% increase in calls since the end of the pilot in November 2018.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Distress Centres of Toronto – Toronto, ON

Providing services in 8 languages, the agency delivers crisis and suicide assessment and intervention, emotional support, and outbound check-in calls to individuals at their most vulnerable, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Funding from Bell will be used to train 250 new volunteers to answer crisis calls and texts, offer in person grief counselling and support seniors in the community.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Folk Arts Council of St. Catharines – St. Catharines, ON

The Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Center provides vital settlement services to newcomers as they strive to create a rewarding life in Canada. Bell’s Community Fund grant will help fund a mental health support services program for newcomers designed to bridge the cultural gaps that currently exist in health services within the region and provide a gateway for clients to access long term or medical mental health attention if needed.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Foodshare Toronto – Toronto, ON

This organization operates the Sunshine Market Garden, a horticultural therapy program for CAMH clients that promotes mental and emotional health by engaging clients in a safe nonclinical setting. Funding from Bell will support the hiring of a peer mentor to provide an additional 26 sessions of garden programming, as well as pay for 2 accessible garden beds, allowing clients with limited mobility to participate.

Community Fund Ontario 2019