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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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

Hillside Elementary School at Kettle and Stony Point First Nation

The “Land as Our First Teacher” program will help students of Hillside Elementary School access concepts of land as teacher which include relationships, trust, care, reciprocity, stewardship and reconciliation in an Indigenous context and in turn the land will support their students’ mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2021

Hong Fook Mental Health Association - Scarborough, ON

There is a high demand in mental health needs among Asian youth, such as anxiety and depression related to the COVID-19 crisis, challenges experienced with the transition to adulthood, deteriorated parent-child relationship because of generational and cultural gaps and a lack of friends and peers support. Bell funds will support the expansion of their Walk-in and Short Term counselling program in the GTA.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Iris the Dragon - Perth, ON

Iris the Dragon provides resources to better understand and navigate children’s mental health, particularly throughout the COVID-19 crisis. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will print and distribute their newest book, Kid’s Let’s Be Superheroes, and provide it to community organizations that serve youth and families in Lanark County. The book covers topics including stress, anxiety, loss, and grief that children might be experiencing during a pandemic. Parents and adult caregivers are offered conversation starters and resources in the book to help them support children and their mental health and wellness.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

JFS Ottawa - Ottawa, ON

Jewish Family Services of Ottawa is the lead agency of The Walk-In Counselling Clinic (TWICC), 10 community-based agencies providing same day, single-session mental health counselling services. This service is no cost for clients and the majority of services are funded by the provincial government. They are welcoming an increasing number of clients presenting with more complex issues that require support outside the TWICC setting. With Community Fund support, they will retain the services of a licensed psychiatrist and program support two days a month to offer psychiatric care with little wait time, at no cost.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Legacy of Hope Foundation - Gloucester, ON

The project Interweaving Our Communities will provide Indigenous frontline workers a trauma therapy course that complements Indigenous spiritual ways of healing. The organization will also develop online cultural revitalization workshops that are culturally appropriate with Elders and Indigenous counsellors, with support available to deal with the trauma of Residential and Day Schools, the Sixties Scoop and community members who have mental health problems due to isolation.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Michael Garron Hospital Foundation - Toronto, ON

The Michael Garron Hospital is serving a diverse, multicultural community of almost half a million people in east Toronto. They noticed that over 50 percent of young people transitioning from adolescent to adult mental health care stop seeking treatment due to a huge gap in the provision of services during this period. The Transitional Youth program supports young people, ages 16-29 and their families through a complex and often poorly coordinated system, helping them transition to adult mental health supports or longer-term services when needed.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

National Advertising Benevolent Society - Toronto, ON

This charity’s mission is to support the health and well-being of all individuals in the media, marketing, and communications industry in Canada. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has had a profound affect on the mental health of the industry, and society patrons are supported effectively with staff who are trained, certified and prepared. The project goal is to reduce stigma and connect people to NABS’ mental health services - supportline, LifeSpeak, Togetherall, and AbilitiCBT. With Bell funds, they will offer Mental Health First Aid Training and certification to 105 additional industry members.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Nelson Youth Centres - Burlington, ON

Nelson Youth Centres is an accredited children’s mental health centre, providing mental health supports for children and youth and their families in Halton. Reconnecting Youth: Individual and Family Therapy is a community-based program that provides services for youth between the ages of 12 and 18 years old struggling with social and emotional challenges including trauma, anxiety and depression. The program provides individual and family therapy, youth mentorship, and trusteeship for youth. With Community Fund support they will be able to help 60 additional individuals.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth - Smiths Falls, ON

Their project Inclusion Zone is a positive youth development project created to amplify youth voices across Lanark County to improve inclusion and engagement of marginalized youth, particularly those with mental health challenges. They aim to create youth engagement and peer-to-peer supports through a platform of strengths and resilience-building connections to enhance protective factors to mitigate mental health risk factors. In collaboration with adult allies, youth will serve as leaders for the emergence of the platform, establish communications channels with peers and the broader community, and identify projects that invite youth to participate.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Ottawa Salus Corporation - Ottawa, ON

Ottawa Salus has been an unwavering champion in meeting the rehabilitation and supportive housing needs of adults living with serious mental illness in the Ottawa area. Ottawa Salus Corporation in partnership with Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa (PSO) will offer peer support services to 50 clients. With two new peer support workers, this program aims to help reduce hospitalizations for mental health problems and improve social support and quality of life.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre - Kitchener, ON

Our Place’s Stork Secrets: Pregnancy and Postpartum Adjustment Support Group offers a free weekly virtual program for parents with symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD), facilitated by peer health workers using an evidence-based peer-support approach. Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow them to add two consecutive in-person groups and concurrent early learning programs for group participants’ infants. The project also includes four virtual family nights to support partners, family or friends of participants, and one-on-one mental health support and referrals.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Pleo - Ottawa, ON

Pleo will bring an evidence-based suicide prevention program to Ottawa that trains youth-identified adult helpers to recognize and respond to signs of suicide, and be effective allies to youth in their mental health journey. Increasing supports and bridging their connection to community-based care will help them adhere to clinically established safety plans, reduce re-admission to hospital for suicidality, and prevent suicide.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Roberts/Smart Centre - Ottawa, ON

The project Ensuring Youth Voice Count consists of helping youth by providing opportunities to practice skills that contribute to resiliency, wellness and strength with peers and role models in a culturally inclusive environment. This approach focuses on the fundamentals of wellness. By connecting with other youth and mentors of various beliefs and cultures they create values of self-worth, respect, integrity, responsibility and hope.

Community Fund Ontario 2021