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. Click here for more information.

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. For more information, click here.

Small action. Big impact.

1,168,302,700

Total number of interactions

$108,415,135

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 over

3,806,409

Canadians with access to mental health services

$13 million

in Community Fund grants

2,312,193

crisis and distress

line users

1,739,136

children & youth reached

792,363

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,455,078

trained staff and volunteers

19,376

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

83%

of Canadians reported believing attitudes about mental illness have changed for the better

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2020

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

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