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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Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation – Burlington, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will help to expand the Child and Adolescent Program (CAP), the community’s primary access point for children and adolescents in need of mental health services. The expanded program includes a clinical staff team of a Social Worker, Registered Nurse and Unit Clerk and means that a limited range of services are available five-days a week for children and families in need.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Kenora Association for Community Living – Kenora, ON

The organization provides multi-service support to 700+ adults with developmental disabilities and/or persistent and severe mental illness, more than 50% of whom identify as Indigenous. Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow for 4 staff to become certified instructors to facilitate Mental Health First Aid / Mental Health First Aid First Nations training, making it possible to provide the training to all 265 employees.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Lakeridge Health Foundation – Oshawa, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will be used to support administration and resourcing of the hospital’s Next Day Mental Health Clinic which provides next day (or sooner) care for individuals entering the Emergency Room with mental health concerns. Offered as an alternative to a long wait in the ER, patients receive a written referral for an urgent 60-minute, face-to-face appointment with a mental health nurse.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

London Family Court Clinic Incorporated– London, ON

The Community Fund grant will support the development, formalization and adoption of a suicide postvention protocol for the community of London and Middlesex. The protocol will be used by community-based groups and organizations within the region to better coordinate a proactive response to the mental health needs of youth impacted by suicide. The suicide postvention protocol is an evidence-based approach used for preventing distress and reducing the risk of suicide contagion among youth. The collective efforts aimed at suicide postvention are in fact, suicide prevention.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Mental Health Support Network – Toronto, ON

Responding to a high demand from their members for more peer social events, which offer a low barrier to entry into peer support and help reduce social isolation, the organization will use their Bell Let’s Talk funding to increase the number of peer events offered to 4 per week. Two dedicated resources, a Social Events Coordinator and a Volunteer Engagement / Social Media Manager will plan, promote and engage members and volunteers to grow the program.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Michael Garron Hospital Foundation – Toronto, ON

To support youth and young adults transitioning from adolescent to adult mental health care, the Foundation will invest their Community Fund grant in a mental health navigation program. Full-time mental health navigators will identify transitional age youth in need of navigation from the emergency department, mental health inpatient and outpatient programs and develop resources, tools and strategies to help them connect with the appropriate services.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Mood Disorders Ottawa – Ottawa, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will be used by the organization to deliver their successful core recovery programs, WRAP and Pathways to Recovery to an additional 78 of their members living with a mood disorder. Both programs are aimed at reducing their member’s reliance on hospital and other community services by providing guidance and information required to become more self-reliant.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

North York Women’s Shelter – Toronto, ON

With 60% of the shelter residents being children, most under the age of seven, Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable the organization to develop, implement and evaluate a Children’s Mental Health Trauma Support training module. The program will build the capacity of all shelter staff to be responsive to the unique mental health needs of children served both in the shelter and the community.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth – Smiths Falls, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the organization to participate in Family Check-Up training; the first phase in a three phase transformation to enhance their Intensive Service Program to deliver quality service for high risk families. The model is a strengths-based, family-centered intervention that promotes family management and addresses child and adolescent adjustment problems.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Our Place (Peel) – Mississauga, ON

To better meet the mental health needs of youth in Peel Region who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, the organization will use their grant to fund a new mental health service delivered by a Community Mental Health Worker. The service will provide access to mental health care and referrals that would be otherwise extremely difficult for the youth to obtain independently.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Pine River Foundation – Toronto, ON

The Foundation will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to provide more youth access to Pine River Institute by supporting their student Bursary Program. There is growing demand for Pine River’s expert services, with a wait list of over 200 youth in crisis. Increasing access to Pine River is of paramount importance and bursaries are the most effective way to ensure that any family can access Pine River’s comprehensive program which provides unparalleled addiction and mental health treatment for youth. With this contribution, many more families in crisis will be able to access the care that they and their children so desperately need.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

PLEO – Parents’ Lifeline – Ottawa, ON

This organization provides support and education to parents whose children, up to age 25, are facing mental health challenges. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will fund the production of 5 online videos to provide information and evidenced-based tools for parents and caregivers of suicidal youth. Created in collaboration with experts in both suicide prevention and youth mental health, as well as with parents and youth with lived experience, the videos will provide easily accessible family-friendly resources to help parents keep their child safe.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Queen’s University Psychology Clinic – Kingston, ON

Bell’s Community Fund grant will support the Clinic in developing a service to support perinatal mental health and adjustment for parents in Kingston and the surrounding areas. The service will also provide important learning opportunities for psychologists- and psychiatrists-in-training.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Renascent Foundation Inc. – Toronto, ON

The Foundation offers comprehensive person-centred addiction treatment programs in a safe, caring environment. Bell funding will support concurrent counsellor training, including five enhanced professional development training sessions covering trauma-informed care, concurrent disorders and mental health, acquired brain injuries, therapeutic relationships in abstinence-based treatment modalities and diversity and inclusion training. At least one of these sessions will be accessible to the public.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Right to Play – Toronto, ON

Responding to a need for more training and resources focused on supporting Indigenous youth mental health, Right to Play will use their grant to provide Mental Health Coping Skills Resource training to 30 Community Mentors running the PLAY program for youth in 90 Indigenous communities across Canada. The resource will improve the capacity of local staff to support Indigenous youth from remote communities who may not have regular access to trained mental health workers.

Community Fund Ontario 2019