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.

1,327,476,135

Total number of interactions

$121,373,806.75

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

4,578,467

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 million

in Community Fund grants

2,421,999

crisis and distress

line users

2,054,216

children & youth reached

891,553

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,464,961

trained staff and volunteers

20,346

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

82%

of Canadians reported believing attitudes about mental illness have changed for the better

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2021

Find out where the funds go

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African Community Wellness Initiative

The African Community Wellness Initiative (ACWI)’s Afrocentric Counselling Services will be led by practitioners who will provide culturally anchored therapeutic counselling and psycho-educational group sessions to up to 75 African, Caribbean, Black Identifying (ACBI) women and youth, annually.

Diversity 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

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

Delta Family Resource Center

You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup is a partnership between Bell Let’s Talk and Delta Family Resource Center which will provide free, culturally appropriate support groups and counselling to Black and racialized families in Northwest Toronto. Faced with the reality of increasing mental health challenges resulting from COVID-19, this innovative program supports up to 200 community members, family and caregivers, and frontline workers who are supporting individuals with mental health challenges.

Diversity 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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