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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Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services - Toronto, ON

This organization provides health, settlement and other relevant services to vulnerable immigrant and refugee communities. Their project aims to support women who are at greater risk of surviving domestic violence heightened by the COVID-19 crisis. Guided by trauma and culturally informed art therapy techniques, this expressive arts project will mobilize a range of allied service providers and engage peer support to provide clients with a safe, supportive and resilience-promoting space, both online and in-person. Using carefully selected art mediums, this intervention will address mental health issues associated with shame, stigma, isolation and trauma as a result of domestic violence.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Alexandra Park Community Centre (APCC) - Toronto, ON

The organization will work with mental health experts and consultants to deliver community-based cognitive behavioural therapy training for their frontline staff who work and interact with individuals with serious mental illness. Staff on the front lines are often required to administer mental health support and care to program participants, however many are not equipped with the skills to do this effectively. With Bell funds, this evidence-informed training opportunity will provide staff with practical tools and techniques to assess and intervene when needed.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Big Brothers and Sisters of South-West Durham - Ajax, ON

Switch Gears 2.0 - Enhancing Young Men’s Mental Health engages male youth ages 10 to 14 in ten weekly virtual group discussions, activities and games to promote and teach positive mental health. Led by trained adult male mentors, each week focuses on a different topic related to men’s mental health like anxiety and depression, stress management, violence prevention, communication skills and resiliency. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will engage up to 50 additional young men in their mental health program.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Big Brothers Big Sisters of York - Aurora & York Region, ON

The Strengthening Resiliency project engages children and youth (6-17) with an elevated risk to their mental health, resulting from their own personal experience with mental health concerns, a caregiver with mental illness, or trauma and adversities that are scientifically proven to have lasting negative effects into adulthood. Project participants are paired with a screened and uniquely suited adult mentor in a one-to-one match for a period of 6-36 months. Bell funds will allow the organization to hire additional staff to effectively manage the increase in demand for services and decrease the waitlist.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Canadian Mental Health Association Algoma - Sault Ste. Marie, ON

This partnership of organizations aims to have a mental health outreach program for people who may be unable or reluctant to go somewhere for care. The Community Wellness Bus will improve access and outcomes for underserved community members, prioritize mental health and addictions, improving overall health care for individuals with conditions better managed in the community. It will aid underserved community members in their care and provide an opportunity to be connected to mental health supports and services across the Sault Ste. Marie region. This program will bring care to the community instead of expecting the community members to come to formal health care settings. The program will be run among the identified partners and deploy trained clinical staff, clinical and peer supports, to provide care, information, and essentials to the community in different locations.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Canadian Mental Health Association Champlain East - Hawkesbury & Cornwall, ON

CMHA Champlain East’s mission is to promote and improve mental health in their community by delivering community-based programs and services. Their Living Life to the Full program is designed to help people deal with everyday life challenges and learn self-management skills using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles. The courses will be delivered by two facilitators to help 96 individuals.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region - Oakville, ON

With Bell funds, CMHA Halton Region will provide free counselling to 375 adults, seniors, and youth age 16+ who are in need of mental health and addictions support. Clients will meet one-on-one with qualified counsellors who will work on a wide range of concerns and vulnerabilities, including depression, anxiety, substance use and addictions, suicidal thoughts, and other problems that may be affecting their mental health and wellbeing.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Canadian Mental Health Association Kenora Branch - Kenora, ON

CMHA plans to develop a long-term prevention strategy to help improve the lives of many individuals in Northwestern Ontario by providing them with tools and resources to prevent increasing symptoms of mental illness. Bell Let’s Talk funding will go to hire a dedicated part-time prevention and awareness coordinator within the agency. The coordinator position will build bridges into the community and provide more care to people through their existing programs like Skills for Safer Living, Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Works.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Canadian Mental Health Association Sudbury Branch - Sudbury, ON

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, CMHA Sudbury currently lacks the capacity to provide important, evidence-based mental health training to their staff. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will provide Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, and safeTALK training by having six additional trainers certified in these programs and therefore helping nearly 700 individuals.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Centre for Mindfulness Studies - Toronto, ON

CARE is a 6-week evidence-based mental health mindfulness program developed by the Centre for Mindfulness Studies for caregivers, frontline and essential workers to help develop and sustain emotional well-being in the face of personal and workplace challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis. This project will expand the program to 300 workers across Ontario, increasing the program’s geographic reach and accessibility as well as having a train-the-trainer component for 20 participants who will deliver mindfulness sessions to clients in their communities.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Christie Refugee Welcome Centre - Toronto, ON

With Bell Let’s Talk funding, the Centre for Refugee Children will provide comprehensive case management services and mental health referrals for newly arrived unaccompanied and separated minors and vulnerable refugee children who are navigating the refugee claim process and living without status in Canada. The case management program, tailored to the individual needs of each refugee child, will provide services for the child’s refugee process, coordination with child protection agencies to ensure support from a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive perspective, and advocacy with local schools and mental health providers to ensure the child is receiving appropriate education, medical and mental health care.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

EveryMind Mental Health Services - Mississauga, ON

EveryMind Mental Health Services has grown to become one of the largest children and youth mental health organizations in Canada. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will hire a counselling and therapy clinician focusing on youth and young adults ages 18 to 25, and help fill a gap by responding to the urgent needs of 83 young people who have existing mental health concerns and are now at an increased risk as a result of the current pandemic

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Family and Children’s Services Niagara – St. Catharines, ON

Children who need protection from their family suffer severe trauma and research shows that children and youth in care benefit immensely when their caregivers are trained to address the mental health impacts of their trauma. With the Community Fund support, they will offer trauma-informed training to more than a 1,000 caregivers with strategies, supports, and education about trauma that they can use with children and adolescents in their care and that can be tailored to their individual needs.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Family Services Ottawa - Ottawa, ON

TRANScending Isolation is an internal partnership between Family Services Ottawa’s Parenting and Around the Rainbow programs co-facilitated by a subject matter expert and a trans+ identified facilitator for 44 trans+ identified youth aged 16-24 and their families. The supports include a parent coaching session, three virtual eight-week groups for families with trans+ youth, group sessions and counselling around the topics of self-awareness, anxiety and depression, communication, parent/youth relationships, and body dysphoria.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

For Youth Initiative (FYI) - Toronto, ON

The York-South Weston community faces unique challenges and youth living in this community are disproportionately impacted by poverty, racism, and other systemic barriers. This project aims to add individual and group trauma-informed therapy to their existing case management program. This will involve the provision of individual therapy from a registered social worker and group therapy from trauma-informed psychotherapists with specialized knowledge in working with Black and racialized youth.

Community Fund Ontario 2021