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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Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers - Newmarket, ON

Rose of Sharon’s mission is to provide free supportive programs and educational services in York Region to empower vulnerable prenatal and parenting youth mothers to build the future they envision for themselves and their children. The Youth Mental Health Counselling pilot project is a free, mental health resource for prenatal and parenting youth mothers. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will hire a therapeutic counsellor who will be able to provide counselling to 72 additional mothers.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Rural Ottawa South Support Services – Ottawa & London, ON

Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS) aims to provide programs and services to keep rural seniors and adults with mental illness and other disabilities living independently at home while remaining healthy, active, and connected. A Friendly Voice South-Western Ontario Expansion project will increase the reach of the program to south-western Ontario. A Friendly Voice is ROSSS’ innovative, one-of-a-kind telephone service for lonely seniors. It was created in response to the growing epidemic of isolated seniors and ensures lonely seniors are never without someone to talk to.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

SPECTRUM Waterloo Region’s Rainbow Community Space - Kitchener, ON

SPECTRUM is a volunteer-based LGBTQ2+ community venue that is sustainable, supportive, positive and a safe space for people of all ages in the Waterloo Region. With their Bell Let’s Talk grant, they will create a mental health peer support group and a counselling service to help 40 individuals and hire two co-facilitators who have experience working with LGBTQ2+ community members.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation - Hamilton, ON

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is a multi-campus academic health science centre and the lead agency for mental health and addictions care in South-Central Ontario. Those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) face additional barriers when accessing services. This is often a combination of the lack of diversity represented in the mental health field, and the lack of specialized knowledge of the issues that BIPOC youth face. St. Joseph’s will launch a BIPOC Mental Health and Addictions Access program to help break down these barriers and with Bell funds, BIPOC youth mentors will work with 600 BIPOC youth receiving mental health and addictions care at the Youth Wellness Centre.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

St. Leonard’s Community Services - Brantford, ON

St. Leonard’s Community Services is a non-profit, charitable organization, providing a full range of health and social programs to children, youth, adults and families in the city of Brantford, Brant County and Haldimand County. Their project will support short-term mental health counselling for 65 individuals aged 16+, experiencing moderate mental health symptoms with a primary focus on anxiety and mood disorders. Clients will be provided with comprehensive assessment and treatment planning followed by supportive counselling using therapeutic interventions.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Street Haven - Toronto, ON

Street Haven is a multi-service, multi-location organization supporting homeless and marginalized women in Toronto. Their Addictions Support and Outreach program provides critical mental health and addictions support to women who live on the street or in shelters across Toronto. Bell funds will go toward the salaries of the staff and additional technology to support their client safely given the COVID-19 crisis.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Sudbury Action Centre for Youth - Sudbury, ON

The Sudbury Action Centre for Youth is a grassroots non-profit organization that is focused on supporting people who face multiple barriers within our community. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will provide counselling and support groups to 60 transgender people in northeastern Ontario. This initiative will operate virtually and in person to accommodate the needs of community members in Sudbury, and surrounding communities. Counselling services will allow transgender community members to work on transition and mental health goals with an experienced case support worker.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

TAIBU Community Health Centre

The Community Healing Project will create a safe and culturally affirming space for Black communities to come together to support each other, to work towards healing and strength and a space for call to action. The project will reach out and engage approximately 150 members of diverse Black communities to participate in Community Healing Circles. This project also includes the development of a documentary capturing the Afrocentric ways of hosting healing circles that will be launched during Black Mental Health Week in March 2022. The documentary will be used as a tool to engage community stakeholders to participate in a knowledge mobilization engagement session to bring awareness to the issues of mental health in Black communities and explore ways to bring about change.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2021

The Indigenous Network (Peel Aboriginal Network Indigenous Friendship Centre) - Mississauga, ON

The Indigenous Network’s mission is to provide programs and services to address the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs of the urban Indigenous population of Mississauga and neighbouring regions. The primary modality of mental health care offered through their project is traditional Indigenous counselling which offers in-depth cultural understanding and a uniquely caring approach. Their project consists of providing workshops in combination with one-to-one healing sessions. This is an introductory learning opportunity to begin addressing the presence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how to cope in healthy ways and begin the healing journey.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

The North Hastings Community Cupboard - Bancroft, ON

North Hastings Community Cupboard’s mission is to identify poverty and food insecurity issues and to respond with innovative programs, services and community partnerships that support individuals, families and the surrounding communities. With Community Fund support, they will train six frontline workers to address mental health crises that occur while serving their clients.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

University Hospitals Kingston Foundation - Kingston, ON

The Youth Mental Health Day program will provide a safe, comprehensive space to youth requiring access to specialized trauma care and mental health services offered by highly specialized and skilled staff due to significant mental health problems and disorders which impair their ability to function at home, school and in the community.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

The Mother Project will create a short documentary-style film that shares the stories of Indigenous mothers who have been victims of racism at the very time when they should feel the safest: when giving birth to their children. This film will become part of Wabano’s established Wabano-win educational program, an Indigenous Cultural Safety training for healthcare professionals that attracts hundreds of healthcare providers and administrators each year. This documentary will help raise awareness of anti-Indigenous racism in maternity care in the nation’s capital and build understanding about how this racism impacts the mental well-being of Indigenous families.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2021

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care - Wellington-Guelph, ON

Waypoint is a mental health and addictions teaching hospital revolutionizing mental health care and saving lives. With their Bell Let’s Talk grant, they will offer a new evidence-based online mindfulness program for youth to address the psychological burden of the pandemic, and to help youth develop resiliency skills to improve long-term mental wellbeing and quality of life.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Yonge Street Mission (YSM) - Toronto, ON

Yonge Street Mission provides free counselling for individuals, couples and families dealing with mental health crises in Toronto. Their mental health team represents the cultural, racial, and socioeconomic diversity of the community members they serve and offer counselling in multiple languages, providing translation services free of charge, and inclusively to all. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will provide access for 250 additional clients to their free walk-in counselling clinic.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Yorktown Family Services

Yorktown Family Services are launching the Black Youth Health and Wellness program which provides an integrated care team, including a dedicated Black Identified Therapist, Youth Outreach Workers, and Care Navigator delivering culturally adapted services. The program will feature a youth group for Black-identified males with a focus on youth and young adults who are at high-risk for mental health issues, and have not previously accessed services.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2021