Growing the global conversation 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. Let’s keep the conversation going and work together to create a stigma-free Canada.

The 2018 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.

The 2018 Community Fund application window is now open and runs until March 31, 2018. Click here for more information.

Small action. Big impact.


Total number of interactions



in Community Fund grants


Community Fund grants

$2.54 million in grants

Children & Youth

$646K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.25 million in grants

Military family support


Individuals supported with access to mental health care

$93.4 million


to mental health initiatives


crisis and distress

line callers


children & youth reached

through Bell Let’s Talk programs


individuals supported

through technology-based mental health programs


trained staff and volunteers


military families helped

through the Bell True Patriot Fund

4 out of 5

Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo

Wilfrid Laurier University will introduce an expanded 5 step mental health project to students to support their mental health as they study and learn. Some of the project elements include a train the trainer program and Mental Health First Aid so that teachers, support staff and students can work together in supporting the needs of their community. The program will also offer students the opportunity to learn more about the stigma around mental illness and to promote awareness.

Community fund Ontario 2012

Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation - Windsor

As part of the overall rehabilitative focus of the Specialized Inpatient Mental Health Program, both a music therapy and horticulture therapy program will be welcome additions at the newly renovated Windsor Regional Hospital's mental health facilities. For specific populations, such as geriatrics and/or dual diagnosis, music therapy will aide in increasing coordination, use of right brain/left brain, and range of motion.

Community fund Ontario 2012

Queen's University

Bell Canada and Queen's University announced a world-first: the creation the Chair of Mental Health and Anti Stigma Research to better understand the causes of stigma and how best to eradicate it.

Major gifts Ontario 2012

Health and Wellness, Student Life, University of Toronto, ON

This project has three priority areas of focus: raising awareness of mental illness/mental health at the post secondary education level; providing opportunities for education and learning about mental health and illness; and nurturing a community where students who are struggling with mental health issues have improved access to care, while feeling included and a sense of belonging to the community. Going forward, Health and Wellness, Student Life aims to create a mental health strategy which is sustainable and which, over time, may become integrated into the campus culture.

Community fund Ontario 2012

Ontario Shores Foundation

A gift of $150,000 supported the expansion of youth and adolescent care. The Bell Canada Youth Mental Health Clinic at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) opened in 2012 and provides outreach services to adolescents in need of specialized treatment.

Major gifts Ontario 2012

Canadian Mental Health Association Hastings and Prince Edward Branch - Belleville, ON

CMHA Hastings and Prince Edward County Branch is working with 'The Jack Project' and connecting with the local college to develop mental health First Aid support and to raise awareness and reduce youth suicide. The mission of The Jack Project is to support youth as they transition from late high school into their years of college, university or independent living, helping them to achieve and sustain their optimal mental health. They also will develop an online counselling and support system.

Community fund Ontario 2011

Community Support Centre Essex County - Windsor-Essex County, ON

Access to care will be increased by providing transportation, mental health services, social dining and home maintenance. All services are aimed at increasing access to home bound and isolated seniors who make up a large percentage of suicide rates and are prone to depression. They are aiming to expand the reach of programming into new geographic territory so they can serve an additional 77,000 community members.

Community fund Ontario 2011

Haliburton Highlands Health Services - Toronto, ON

Will take expressive arts to 30 plus seniors identified as depressed, in two long term care homes in our community. Each senior will receive twenty, one-on-one sessions lasting 1-2 hours. There will also be small activity groups delivered by a trained, Registered Expressive Arts Practitioner. Expressive arts includes: visual art, poetry/storytelling, sculpture, mixed media, fibre & photo art, and movement /music as a means of authentic expression, communication and the realization of potential.

Community fund Ontario 2011