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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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

Canadian Mental Health Association Sudbury Branch - Sudbury, ON

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, CMHA Sudbury currently lacks the capacity to provide important, evidence-based mental health training to their staff. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will provide Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, and safeTALK training by having six additional trainers certified in these programs and therefore helping nearly 700 individuals.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

University Hospitals Kingston Foundation - Kingston, ON

The Youth Mental Health Day program will provide a safe, comprehensive space to youth requiring access to specialized trauma care and mental health services offered by highly specialized and skilled staff due to significant mental health problems and disorders which impair their ability to function at home, school and in the community.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Rural Ottawa South Support Services – Ottawa & London, ON

Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS) aims to provide programs and services to keep rural seniors and adults with mental illness and other disabilities living independently at home while remaining healthy, active, and connected. A Friendly Voice South-Western Ontario Expansion project will increase the reach of the program to south-western Ontario. A Friendly Voice is ROSSS’ innovative, one-of-a-kind telephone service for lonely seniors. It was created in response to the growing epidemic of isolated seniors and ensures lonely seniors are never without someone to talk to.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Iris the Dragon - Perth, ON

Iris the Dragon provides resources to better understand and navigate children’s mental health, particularly throughout the COVID-19 crisis. With Bell Let’s Talk funding, they will print and distribute their newest book, Kid’s Let’s Be Superheroes, and provide it to community organizations that serve youth and families in Lanark County. The book covers topics including stress, anxiety, loss, and grief that children might be experiencing during a pandemic. Parents and adult caregivers are offered conversation starters and resources in the book to help them support children and their mental health and wellness.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services - Toronto, ON

This organization provides health, settlement and other relevant services to vulnerable immigrant and refugee communities. Their project aims to support women who are at greater risk of surviving domestic violence heightened by the COVID-19 crisis. Guided by trauma and culturally informed art therapy techniques, this expressive arts project will mobilize a range of allied service providers and engage peer support to provide clients with a safe, supportive and resilience-promoting space, both online and in-person. Using carefully selected art mediums, this intervention will address mental health issues associated with shame, stigma, isolation and trauma as a result of domestic violence.

Community Fund Ontario 2021

Youth Assisting Youth - Toronto, ON

With Community Fund support, Youth Assisting Youth will turn their Group Mentoring program into an online drop-in and launch a virtual parent support group helping 450 additional clients. Mentors will get additional counselling to help them cope with increased mentee disclosures of abuse, depression and suicidal thoughts, while parents struggling with reduced income, job loss and isolation will get support to prevent drug and alcohol use, disengaged parenting and violence.

Community Fund Ontario 2021