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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Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre – Ottawa, ON

Hopewell is a centre of excellence, providing information and support to those affected by eating disorders by helping youth understand the importance of healthy attitudes towards body image, eating, physical activity, and mental health. With the help of Bell Let’s Talk funding, Hopewell plans to develop and pilot an online support group as well as produce three workshops broadcast through webinars for people struggling with and recovering from an eating disorder.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Horizons for Youth – City of York, ON

Horizons for Youth (HFY) is a shelter for homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24 years old. HFY’s mental health and wellness program is designed to help youth exit homelessness by improving their mental health and wellbeing. Bell Let’s Talk funding will provide youth with access to therapeutic counselling, case management, crisis management, referrals to supportive services in the community, assistance monitoring medication and medicating practices, accompaniment to medical appointments when needed, and twice-weekly wellness workshops.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) – Winnipeg, MB

Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the organization to create a cross-cultural mental health awareness and navigation project for 150 newcomer youth in Winnipeg. The project will include mental health discussion sessions incorporated into after school programming and structured sessions led by in-house educators and guest speakers. Also, a youth leadership group will attend a mental health first aid course, after which they will provide support to their peers.

Community Fund Prairies 2020

Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (I AM) – Toronto, ON

Formerly known as the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, the organization serves individuals living with schizophrenia and psychosis in the community. The program is based on cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis, a psychotherapeutic intervention that addresses unhelpful patterns of behaviour or thinking. This is Ontario’s only community-based recovery-focused group for this population, delivered by teams with a unique skill set. Bell Let’s Talk funding will ensure the team can replicate and pilot the same program at other partner sites.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Intègr’action jeunesse – Québec, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a cooking workshop that is both an intervention tool and an educational project offered to 90 at-risk youth in four high schools. This workshop aims at developing culinary skills, awareness of healthy lifestyle habits, and social involvement. Workshops are supervised by a chef and a social worker who works in close collaboration with teachers and community support organizations to improve youth mental health.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Khalil Center – North York, ON

Khalil Center is a psychological and spiritual wellness centre pioneering the application of Islamic spiritual healing to modern psychological practice. The project entails an eight-week support group for divorced women in the Muslim community facilitated by a registered psychotherapist. The group will aim to provide women a safe space to express their shared experience of divorce as well as address challenges in emotional and mental health. The registered psychotherapist will also work with the group to provide coping strategies and skills to manage their mental health.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

L’Amarrage – Val-Belair, QC

Bell Let’s Talk funding will increase the number of customized prevention workshops from two to three to help 45 Indigenous people in the Québec City region. Workshops are co-constructed with the participants and the counsellor based on particular cultural and social characteristics of the Indigenous communities. Workshops use adapted language and meaningful examples by integrating a holistic approach and cultural security as a way to provide support and promote good mental health.

Community Fund Québec 2020

La rue des Femmes – Montréal, QC

In collaboration with public health partners, the Bell Let’s Talk grant will help to expand the range of therapeutic care activities and services for 1600 homeless women in the downtown Montréal area. Activities and services include psychotherapy, art therapy, drama therapy, addiction counselling, and choir.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Lady Ballers Camp – Brampton, ON

Lady Ballers Camp is a youth-led charitable organization providing girl-centred programs to promote healthy bodies and healthy minds. Their 12-week program uses basketball to engage Black girls between the ages of 13 and 16 from marginalized communities. The program is grounded in sports psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy, and mindfulness meditation. Various delivery methods will be utilized, including the use of basketball, music, spoken word, dance and yoga.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Le 2159 – Longueil, QC

The Bell Let’s Talk grant will be used to hire an additional social worker responsible for psychosocial follow-ups who will support 175 at-risk youth aged between 15 and 25 years old, many of whom suffer from various forms of mental illness. This project aims to prevent and counter homelessness, delinquency, and sexual exploitation while helping youth break isolation and develop their autonomy.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Le CAP (Centre d’apprentissage parallèle de Montréal) – Montréal, QC

The Bell Let’s Talk donation will enable Le CAP to expand its art therapy workshops and offer them in the evening and weekends. The project contributes to improving the mental health of 300 participants living in the downtown Montréal area. Through a personalized creation process and the preparation of an art exhibition where they will display their art, participants have an opportunity to learn how to better manage their emotions in a stimulating and caring environment.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Les YMCA du Québec – Montréal, QC

The Plusone mentoring program will help 80 at-risk youth between the ages of 10 and 17 develop healthy relationships and coping mechanisms, integrating them in their community and increasing their sense of resilience and personal ambition for the future. The program will be run between 12 to 15 months with one individual mentoring meeting per week. Some of the funding will be devoted to training 40 to 60 YMCA employees and volunteers in suicide prevention, and accompaniment, coping with stress and anxiety, as well as youth mental health and other disorders.

Community Fund Québec 2020

LOFT Community Services – Toronto, ON

LOFT offers community-based supports and services to people living in poverty with mental health and addiction issues. The funding will build service capacity and ensure the continuity of the youth wellness hubs, which are one-stop clinics providing immediate access to services such as primary care, mental health and addictions services, peer support and familyhousing supports. Strategically located in three different areas of Toronto, this evidence-based model has been successful as they are accessible and youth-centric.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Logis Rose Virginie – Montréal, QC

Logis Rose Virginie will offer workshops to help 30 women between the ages of 18 and 24 that lives at the Logis Rose supervised apartments get through the difficult transition from adolescence to adulthood. Most of the women arrive from youth centres and are subject to homelessness and the workshops focus on things like controlling emotions and improving interpersonal relationships and overall quality of life.

Community Fund Québec 2020

Mackenzie Health Foundation – Vaughan, ON

The child and adolescent mental health urgent care clinic is a referral-based clinic staffed by a triage clinician 2.5 days a week to assess acuity and determine the most appropriate care plan for each patient. The clinician is supported by two children and adolescent psychiatrists. The funding will expand the program to five days a week to meet community need and support more than 2000 children and adolescents.

Community Fund Ontario 2020