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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Our Kids Count of Thunder Bay – Thunder Bay, ON

Our Kids Count is a community development organization that empowers individuals to build stronger families and inclusive communities by enhancing their lives through personal growth and development. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support salaries for mental health care workers so that Our Kids Count may augment its one-on-one, walk-in and group counselling to support individuals and families in need, at no cost to them.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Réseau Access Network – Sudbury, ON

Réseau Access Network supports individuals who are under housed, struggling with their mental health, using substances including injection drugs, working in the sex industry, and those who are part of the LGBTQ+ communities. With support from Bell, Reseau Access Network will provide grief and trauma supports to 80 agency managers, frontline workers, community workers, and service users experiencing loss related to unexpected opioid-related deaths and overdoses.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Trans Wellness Ontario – Windsor, ON

Trans Wellness Ontario provides a wide range of gender-affirming services. Funding from Bell Let’s Talk will support the provision of cost-free, gender-affirming mental health counselling sessions to 80 queer and trans individuals. The sessions will be delivered by counsellors who are members and allies of the queer and trans community with lived experience and who have received their own education from Trans Wellness Ontario.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Durham – Port Perry, ON

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham offers mentorship opportunities to support children and youth experiencing anxiety, depression and low self-esteem who are struggling with poverty, family instability, and identity-based discrimination. Bell’s funding will support implementation of the Mindful Minds group peer-support program facilitated by trained caseworkers and offered free of charge to 115 children aged 10 to 14. The program provides youth with more tools and resources for self-care, managing their emotional well-being and building resiliency.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Blue Door Support Services - East Gwillimbury, ON

Blue Door supports people at risk of experiencing homelessness to secure affordable housing with access to mental health and other support services. With Bell funds and in collaboration with The Krasman Centre, Blue Door will hire trained staff to facilitate a weekly group peer-support program for up to 75 vulnerable youth, men and women in Blue Door’s emergency and transitional housing programs.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Body Brave – Hamilton, ON

Body Brave helps youth affected by eating disorders. Body Brave reaches 1,200 individuals through their Recovery Support Program, a customized, artificial intelligence-enabled web platform that minimizes the stress and confusion of healthcare system navigation and ensures youth are better matched with services that meet their needs and preferences. With Bell funding and in collaboration with mental health organizations, Body Brave will validate and expand their Recovery Support Program nationally, reaching an additional 1,500 individuals.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Boundless Adventures Association – Toronto, ON

Boundless Adventures Association runs programs for youth that combine high school education, adolescent mental health treatment and nature-based therapy. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support the addition of teaching and clinical staff to these programs to deliver innovative, experiential curriculum and mental health treatment that supports the holistic needs of 100 marginalized, high-risk 15 to 19-year-old Indigenous youth.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs – Ottawa, ON

The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs advances safe, effective and sustainable fire and emergency services across Canada. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, the organization will provide mental health awareness training provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association to 20 firefighters or fire service personnel, who can then train their peers, so that 300 individuals are able to effectively manage their mental health needs, and be better able to support colleagues and the public.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Branch – Peterborough, ON

In partnership with the Government of Ontario and with Bell’s support, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge branch will run a Mobile Mental Health and Addictions Clinic called “The Road Ahead”. The mobile clinic provides accessible, barrier free mental health services for 2,500 youth dealing with complex mental health issues including suicide, anxiety and self-injury in under-served communities across the region.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Canadian Mental Health Association, North Bay and District – North Bay, ON

With support from Bell, the Canadian Mental Health Association, North Bay and District will deliver 10 in-person mental health promotion courses, reaching 150 adults. These courses promote mental health education and resilience skills while increasing awareness of and improving access to mental health and addiction supports in the community.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton – Hamilton, ON

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton will provide professional and personal mental health supports for 120 youth transitioning out of permanent care. Funding from Bell Let’s Talk will be used to provide psychoeducational assessments and financial assistance for youth to access appointments with psychologists, social workers and other counselling support services.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Child Witness Centre of Waterloo Region – Kitchener, ON

Child Witness Centre of Waterloo Region supports the mental health and wellbeing of victimized young people and their families. Bell’s funding will support front-line staff who will work to connect 150 children with mental health service providers.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa – Ottawa, ON

In partnership with Family Services of Ottawa, and with support from Bell Let’s Talk, the Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa will provide up to 18 individual hour-long therapy sessions for 60 youth aged 18 to 20 immediately after they leave foster care. Therapy will support youth mental health and connect youth to a network of supports for ongoing care.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Children’s Health Foundation – London, ON

The Children’s Health Foundation treats 1,500 mental health patients annually. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Clinician and a trained administrator who are integral parts of the group-based cognitive behavioural therapy program for 1,500 youth experiencing anxiety. The group therapy will reduce the two to three year-long waitlist for outpatient anxiety treatment, resulting in increased access to the child and adolescent mental health program.

Community Fund Ontario 2022

Committee for Innovative Thinking for Youth – Trenton, ON

The Committee for Innovative Thinking for Youth oversees the Quinte West Youth Centre, a safe, open space for youth aged 10 to18 to access resources, work on skills development and hang out with peers. Funding from Bell Let’s Talk will support staff training to run a support program that will reach 50 youth during their waiting period for a counsellor, providing guidance around managing mental health conditions including anxiety and depression.

Community Fund Ontario 2022