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

82%

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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Centennial College, George Brown College, Humber College, Seneca College and Sheridan College (GTA) – Implementation Grant

Bell Let’s Talk will support a collaborative partnership between five Colleges in the GTA. The colleges will work together to develop an implementation framework and create a rubric of exemplary practice to asses and identify examples of indicators for each dimension of the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students.

Post-Secondary Fund Ontario 2022

Lakehead University – Implementation Grant

Bell Let's Talk will assist with Lakehead's initiative to support students’ mental health by building individual capacity to sustain well-being and by increasing the availability and scope of resources available to students. The initiative includes a mental health screening program, increased training for members of the campus communities to recognize signs of distress, the development of a mental health dashboard and a campus-wide anti-stigma campaign.

Post-Secondary Fund Ontario 2022

McMaster University – Implementation Grant

The Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund Grant will enable the University to hire a Mental Health Case Manager for a Student Urgent Response Team (SURT). SURT is a mental health outreach and support service that will assist students facing crises on campus. It aims to reduce reliance on security or police in a student mental health crises and increase reliance on mental health professionals to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with these encounters.

Post-Secondary Fund Ontario 2022

University of Waterloo – Implementation Grant

To promote continuous dialogue with students, staff, faculty, and the wider university community regarding aspects of mental health and well-being, the Bell Let’s Talk grant will support the expansion of the University’s Mental Health Literacy (MHL) program. Funding will support the MHL program facilitator to expand the program campus-wide, develop a community of practice and facilitate discussions with leaders from academic support services to build MHL components into pedagogy and the classroom environment.

Post-Secondary Fund Ontario 2022

Black Youth Success

The Black Youth School Success Initiative (BYSSI)’s project will address mental health needs of Black youth in grades 6-12, by addressing positive outcomes via community awareness, youth leadership, enhanced mental health supports and mentorship.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2022

Crow Shield Lodge

This project will improve access to mental health care, support and services for members of the Indigenous community by creating a stable and reliable place where they can come experience and learn about their traditional healing practices. The sweat lodge ceremony addresses wellness from an Indigenous perspective that is land-based, community driven, inclusive, and spirit-led.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2022

Moksha Canada Foundation

Moksha Canada's project will provide two streams of free mental health support to York-Region based racialized and/or newcomer youth. The first stream will be free drop-in counselling sessions where youth will be able to have 1-on-1 conversations with a qualified therapist specializing in cultural adjustment. The second stream will be a support group, facilitated by a community Youth Outreach Worker.

Diversity Fund Ontario 2022

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