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

775

Community Fund grants

$28 million in funding

Young Canadians

$3.1 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$2.1 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,100 organizations who have supported

4,578,467

Canadians with access to mental health services

$13 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

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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

Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre – Ottawa, ON

Hopewell is a centre of excellence, providing information and support to those affected by eating disorders by helping youth understand the importance of healthy attitudes towards body image, eating, physical activity, and mental health. With the help of Bell Let’s Talk funding, Hopewell plans to develop and pilot an online support group as well as produce three workshops broadcast through webinars for people struggling with and recovering from an eating disorder.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre Foundation – Barrie, ON

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre operates clinics that operate on a walk-in basis and provide rapid access to evidence-based counselling and treatment for individuals with substance abuse issues who are 15 years of age and older. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enhance the IT infrastructure of those clinics to improve the delivery of the Ontario telemedicine network supports across the region improving overall accessibility.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Grand River Hospital Foundation – Kitchener, ON

Grand River Hospital is the leading authority on mental health in Kitchener Waterloo region with 30 psychiatrists and 115 beds available for mental health care. Bell Let’s Talk funding will subsidize a child/youth worker’s salary who will assist every client by identifying community activities that support pro-social bonding and build resiliency and other skills essential to recovery.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Social Planning Council of Ottawa – Ottawa, ON

The Social Planning Council takes a holistic approach to community development by integrating research, planning, and community building in Ottawa. The project consists of promoting mental wellness, capacity building, and an advocacy photography program for newcomer youth. Youth will learn about mental wellness, coping, stigma reduction, and help-seeking while learning life skills and, breaking social isolation.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Community Care Durham – Port Perry, ON

Community Care Durham is dedicated to providing care and support to adults and their caregivers who have needs related to aging, mental health, and maintaining their independence at home. The funding from Bell Let’s Talk will allow the creation of telephone support groups aimed at adults who require social and emotional supports and services.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Eva’s Initiatives For Homeless Youth – Toronto, ON

Eva’s Initiatives provides shelter, transitional housing, and programming to help young people struggling with substance use and mental illness build brighter futures free of homelessness. The funding will enhance services offered at the facility including case management, counselling, crisis intervention, housing, and peer support. The program is designed to provide an encouraging atmosphere in which youth are supported in developing their minds, bodies, and spirits.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Oak Park Neighborhood Centre – Oakville, ON

Oak Park is a welcoming, barrier-free neighbourhood centre, supporting the community through diverse programs to relieve poverty, educate and provide recreation and social opportunities for people of all abilities. With the Bell Let’s Talk grant, they will create two workshop series for parents of preschoolers and another series for parents of school-aged children and youth. Parents will learn how to talk with their children to reduce or eliminate episodes of challenging behaviour, and build resiliency, problem-solving and coping skills.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

The Milton District Hospital Foundation – Milton, ON

Support from Bell Let’s Talk will fund additional mental health clinician hours to provide telephone follow up to individuals who visited the Milton District Hospital emergency department with suicidal thoughts. Currently, they have a mental health crisis nurse on staff eight hours a day, seven days a week to care for patients presenting at the emergency department with a mental health crisis. Supporting community members in Milton and its surrounding areas, the additional hours will provide better follow-up for patients with suicidal thoughts.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Khalil Center – North York, ON

Khalil Center is a psychological and spiritual wellness centre pioneering the application of Islamic spiritual healing to modern psychological practice. The project entails an eight-week support group for divorced women in the Muslim community facilitated by a registered psychotherapist. The group will aim to provide women a safe space to express their shared experience of divorce as well as address challenges in emotional and mental health. The registered psychotherapist will also work with the group to provide coping strategies and skills to manage their mental health.

Community Fund Ontario 2020