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

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

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

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

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

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

Massey Centre – Toronto, ON

Massey Centre is an infant and early childhood mental health organization which supports pregnant and parenting adolescents, aged 13 to 25 and their babies. The project will build staff capacity to intervene and treat the young adolescent mothers with mental health concerns such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression, as well as more complex challenges such as borderline personality disorder.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Minwaashin Lodge: Indigenous Women’s Support Centre – Ottawa, ON

This social service agency serves First Nations, Inuit, and Metis women, their children, and families, within Ottawa and surrounding rural communities. The funding will allow them to hire a part-time Indigenous youth mental wellness counsellor to provide culturally based counselling services to Indigenous youth between the age of 16 and 25 years old. The counsellor will offer weekly and bi-weekly appointments in person and by phone and will make referrals to complimentary healing and wellness programs including substance use treatment centres.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

National Association of Friendship Centres

A donation of $250,000 will support the National Association of Friendship Centres, the network of more than 100 local Friendship Centres and Provincial/Territorial Associations throughout Canada providing culturally enhanced services for urban and off-reserve Indigenous people.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2020

Noah’s House Mental Health Foundation Inc. – Windsor, ON

Noah’s House was started in memory of Noah Butcher-Hagell after he lost his struggle with mental illness. Noah’s House is focused on the safety of everyone using the drop-in centre, and they will train members of the organization in non-violent crisis intervention to ensure the safety of both clients and staff.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

North Eastern Ontario Family and Children’s Services (NEOFACS) – Timmins, ON

NEOFACS is an integrated agency providing child and youth mental health services to children and youth and their families in the district of Cochrane and Timiskaming. Their client-responsive programs and services include intervention, public education, prevention, and support services. The Bell Let’s Talk funds will be used to train 29 frontline child and youth mental health staff to deliver Theraplay®, a child and family therapy to support healthy child/caregiver attachment.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Northwestern Health Unit – Kenora, ON

In partnership with the Kenora Catholic District School Board, the Northwestern Health Unit will provide two workshops for suicide prevention. The ASIST and SafeTALK workshops both feature powerful presentations, and skills practice. ASIST participants will learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive. SafeTalk participants will learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Oak Park Neighborhood Centre – Oakville, ON

Oak Park is a welcoming, barrier-free neighbourhood centre, supporting the community through diverse programs to relieve poverty, educate and provide recreation and social opportunities for people of all abilities. With the Bell Let’s Talk grant, they will create two workshop series for parents of preschoolers and another series for parents of school-aged children and youth. Parents will learn how to talk with their children to reduce or eliminate episodes of challenging behaviour, and build resiliency, problem-solving and coping skills.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Oakville Meals on Wheels – Oakville, ON

The mission of Oakville Meals on Wheels is to deliver nutritious meals to residents of Oakville who are unable to attend to their own nutritional needs but wish to continue to live independently in their community. They will pilot a project that uses the experience of shared meals to increase connectivity, and provide an opportunity to informally monitor senior citizens experiencing isolation. Volunteers will be trained in Mental Health First Aid which will help identify supports and services that might be of assistance to individual clients experiencing isolation who need mental health support.

Community Fund Ontario 2020