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

The Salvation Army Orillia Corps – Orillia, ON

Funding from Bell will be used to provide Mental Health First Aid Training to 20 long-term volunteers who regularly work with vulnerable populations including at-risk children and youth, struggling families or individuals who are homeless and at risk of homelessness. Training will enable volunteers on the front lines to better support clients experiencing a mental health problem or emergency.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Ve’ahavta – Toronto, ON

The Community Fund grant will cover the salaries for two additional Peer Support Workers (PSW) to support the Mobile Outreach Van Program, responding to the urgent needs of those experiencing homelessness in Toronto. The PSW program provides training and paid positions for individuals with lived experience of homelessness, substance use and mental health issues. The addition of the PSW’s enhances the organization’s capacity to engage marginalized populations, reduce harm related to drug use, open pathways for improved continuity of care, strengthen the referral process, and significantly improve physical and mental health outcomes.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

West Nipissing Suicide Prevention Task Force – Nipissing, ON

Partnering with the school boards, retirement homes and senior residences in the various communities of West Nipissing, the Connecting Generations project will enable students to develop relationships with seniors through play, discussion and other recreational activities. Taking a whole-community approach to wellbeing, the project will help to instill a sense of belonging and community for youth and elders while promoting healthy and positive mental and physical health. Activities include the annual Flame of Hope Ceremony to bring awareness and support to those in the community affected by suicide.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation – Parry Sound, ON

The Foundation will use their Bell Let’s Talk funding to provide Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training to their emergency staff, nurses, physicians and members of the community. This will better allow for staff to support and safeguard clients with mental health issues, many of whom are youth, while they are waiting for transfer to mental health services, or who arrive in crisis.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Windsor Life Centre Ministries – Windsor, ON

The Centre provides a safe haven for women suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, many of whom are struggling with mental health issues. Community Fund dollars will support a new 6 to 12 month Addiction Recovery program and the addition of a professional Trauma Therapist who will conduct private, one-on-one therapy sessions with residents.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Yonge Street Mission – Toronto, ON

The Mission will use their Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to support their Walk-In Counselling Clinic, providing free and immediate counselling for individuals, couples and families living with extreme, persistent poverty in Toronto's Downtown East neighbourhoods. The walk-in clinic allows for individuals to get the help they need, as soon as they need it, as well as being an on-ramp or complement to ongoing counselling.

Community Fund Ontario 2019

Yorktown Family Services – Toronto, ON

To meet the overwhelming demand for their Youth Mental Health Walk-in Clinic services, the organization will use their Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to increase the hours of service from 7 to 21 hours, resulting in a 200% increase in the clinical sessions provided. The Clinic provides immediate mental health interventions for youth ages 12 to 25 living in some of West Toronto’s most marginalized communities, to ensure they receive the mental health supports they require at the time of need.

Community Fund Ontario 2019