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. Click here for more information.

Small action. Big impact.

1,168,302,700

Total number of interactions

$108,415,135

committed

to mental health initiatives

657

Community Fund grants

$17.5 million in funding

Children & Youth

$2.2 million in funding

Indigenous communities

$1.82 million in funding

Military family support

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,000 organizations who have supported over

3,806,409

Canadians with access to mental health services

+$11 million

in Community Fund grants

2,312,193

crisis and distress

line users

1,739,136

children & youth reached

792,363

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,455,078

trained staff and volunteers

19,376

military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund

83%

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

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2010-2020

Kenora Association for Community Living – Kenora, ON

The organization provides multi-service support to 700+ adults with developmental disabilities and/or persistent and severe mental illness, more than 50% of whom identify as Indigenous. Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow for 4 staff to become certified instructors to facilitate Mental Health First Aid / Mental Health First Aid First Nations training, making it possible to provide the training to all 265 employees.

Community fund Ontario 2019

West Nipissing Suicide Prevention Task Force – Nipissing, ON

Partnering with the school boards, retirement homes and senior residences in the various communities of West Nipissing, the Connecting Generations project will enable students to develop relationships with seniors through play, discussion and other recreational activities. Taking a whole-community approach to wellbeing, the project will help to instill a sense of belonging and community for youth and elders while promoting healthy and positive mental and physical health. Activities include the annual Flame of Hope Ceremony to bring awareness and support to those in the community affected by suicide.

Community fund Ontario 2019

Christie Lake Kids – Ottawa, ON

Christie Lake Kids provides economically disadvantaged children and youth, many of whom also suffer from mental health challenges, with quality year-round skills based programming. The organization will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to develop a Crisis Intervention Program, certifying staff in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training which will then be delivered to 250 volunteers and staff members. The program will also be used to arm youth participants with information to help them advocate for and support peers in their social circles.

Community fund Ontario 2019

Canadian Mental Health Association, Peel Dufferin – Brampton, ON

The Association will leverage Bell Let’s Talk funds to expand the capacity and delivery of their Youth Net program to more schools in the Peel Region and Dufferin County area. Youth Net is a “by youth for youth” program that offers alternative mental health support services for youth ages 12 to 20, generating mental health awareness, promoting resiliency, and connecting youth to mental health information and services.

Community fund Ontario 2019

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services – Toronto, ON

Through the Syrian Women’s Expressive Arts Project, the organization engages Syrian refugee women and their families in traditional embroidery sessions as a means of reducing social isolation and vulnerability to mental health issues often faced by newcomers. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will help fund 24 art sessions and provide transportation and childcare to enable participants, many of whom live below the poverty line, to access this wellness program.

Community fund Ontario 2019

Chinese Family Services of Ontario – Scarborough, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will help the organization deliver free psychotherapy and mental health services to East Asian youth and families via the Ontario Telemedicine Network - a teletherapy tool. Allowing for barrier-free access to culturally and linguistically appropriate psychotherapy services for a variety of mental health issues, the tool will enable one-to-one sessions for 280 clients from the East Asian community.

Community fund Ontario 2019

Yorktown Family Services – Toronto, ON

To meet the overwhelming demand for their Youth Mental Health Walk-in Clinic services, the organization will use their Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to increase the hours of service from 7 to 21 hours, resulting in a 200% increase in the clinical sessions provided. The Clinic provides immediate mental health interventions for youth ages 12 to 25 living in some of West Toronto’s most marginalized communities, to ensure they receive the mental health supports they require at the time of need.

Community fund Ontario 2019

Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation – Ottawa, ON

Shepherds of Good Hope fosters hope and reduces harm in Ottawa by supporting the community’s homeless and most vulnerable adults. Programs and partnerships address challenges with trauma, mental health, and addictions. Bell Let’s Talk funding will provide 2 staff members with the tools to administer and teach Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training to all staff, which in-turn, will contribute to better workplace wellness. NVCI training equips staff with the tools to best handle crisis situations to protect themselves and their clients without the use of force. By providing training to safeguard staff mental health, Shepherds of Good Hope employees and volunteers can better support clients in crisis.

Community fund Ontario 2019