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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Youth Assisting Youth - Toronto, ON

With Community Fund support, Youth Assisting Youth will turn their Group Mentoring program into an online drop-in and launch a virtual parent support group helping 450 additional clients. Mentors will get additional counselling to help them cope with increased mentee disclosures of abuse, depression and suicidal thoughts, while parents struggling with reduced income, job loss and isolation will get support to prevent drug and alcohol use, disengaged parenting and violence.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Youth Employment Services YES - Toronto, ON

Youth Employment Services is a charity that helps low-income and vulnerable youth ages 15-29 in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond to find and maintain employment. Their project consists of providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to vulnerable, unemployed youth. Led by a psychotherapist, youth will participate in individualized or group CBT sessions. Youth will participate in these sessions via video-conferencing to learn skills that build confidence and resilience, improving their job search experience.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

YouthLink - Scarborough, ON

YouthLink offers a safe place for LGBTQ2S youth to share, discuss and learn various coping skills and be connected to mental health supports. With Bell funds, they plan to hold 50 weekly meetings and one-on-one supports for 15 youth both online and in-person. Youth will be involved in choosing activities enabling discussion related to mental health and emotional regulation like ice breakers, videos and music, games, and interactive engagement. Staff will also encourage youth who require additional services to go to YouthLink’s walk-in mental health clinic for additional supports and services.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Youville Centre - Ottawa, ON

Youville Centre is a non-profit registered charity and Accredited Child and Youth Mental Health Agency that serves adolescent mothers and their children. Their Mental Health and Substance Use Counselling program for clients over the age of 21 aims to explore client issues and discuss possible solutions with pregnant and parenting youth struggling with mental health, suicidal ideation, substance use and trauma. With Bell funds, they will hire a full-time mental health counsellor to help 40 additional clients struggling with mental illness challenges.

Community Fund Ontario 2021