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

360Kids Support Services – Markham, ON

360Kids provides a full complement of programs and services aimed at assisting at-risk youth. With the contribution from Bell Let’s Talk, counsellors and front-line staff will allowed to attend workshops on mental health and addictions, working with transgender youth, trauma-informed counselling, depression and bipolar disorder.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Algoma Family Services – Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Algoma Family Services is a provider of specialized mental health treatment and support services for children, adolescents, adults, and families in the District of Algoma. The City of Sault Ste. Marie is developing four youth hubs located in high-risk areas that will reach a vulnerable population. These new hubs provide the opportunity to reach youth in drop-in settings by having counsellors on-site during program times. The project will allow the organization to respond to 200 youth requiring immediate service through the use of solution-focused single therapy sessions.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Black Creek Community Health Centre – Toronto, ON

The Jane Finch community faces many challenges like poverty, community violence, unemployment, and Anti-Black racism that contributes towards poor mental health outcomes. The Jane Finch Talks Mental Wellbeing program will implement a grassroots approach to mental health by training up to 433 residents in Mental Health First Aid, suicide prevention, and resiliency and self-care. They also intend to train a resident to become a LivingWorks trainer, who can then provide ongoing suicide prevention training to residents.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Blue Door Shelters – East Gwillimbury, ON

The largest emergency housing provider in York region, Blue Door provides support to people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness to obtain and retain affordable housing. Opening Doors will provide long-term lifesaving mental health care for homeless LGBTQ2S+ youth who have faced family conflict, persecution, and trauma. Unique to each youth’s needs, Opening Doors will provide access to bi-weekly one-on-one psychotherapy. Sessions will focus on improving mental health by addressing major concerns for LGBTQ2S+ youth like self-harm, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and eating disorders.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Childreach – London, ON

Childreach’s Mother Reach program is a free, weekly, drop-in support group that accepts all mothers who are experiencing symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. The group provides opportunities for peer connection and support, professionally facilitated conversations, referrals and recommendations to mental health agencies and other services, and quality care for children. Bell Let’s Talk funding will build capacity by doubling the program facilitation from one staff to two, impacting more than 100 mothers and families.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville – Brockville, ON

Partnering with the Rural Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Support Network to support children, youth, and families dealing with a dual diagnosis of mental health and FASD, the funding will help ensure that parents and caregivers are equipped with the knowledge and coping mechanisms for them and their child. Training will be in the form of Mental Health First Aid and peer support facilitation. Additional funds will be used to support therapies to best meet clients’ needs such as art, music , and equine therapy. These alternative therapies are fun, community-building activities that often develop positive mental health for the entire family.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Community Care Durham – Port Perry, ON

Community Care Durham is dedicated to providing care and support to adults and their caregivers who have needs related to aging, mental health, and maintaining their independence at home. The funding from Bell Let’s Talk will allow the creation of telephone support groups aimed at adults who require social and emotional supports and services.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Compass/Boussole/Akii-Izhinoogan – Sudbury, ON

Compass/Boussole/Akii-Izhinoogan will be expanding the very successful parent psychoeducational training groups that work to build a trauma-informed lens in caregivers of children who have experienced trauma. There has been significant interest in these parent groups, and the organization will continue offering them to Sudbury and Manitoulin’s diverse population in both rural and urban areas. The training itself is composed of 5 modules that equip parents with skills to be more trauma-informed each week and caregivers are provided support to reduce the barriers they face in accessing the care they need.

Community Fund Ontario 2020