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 is providing 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.


Total number of interactions



in Community Fund grants


Community Fund grants

$3.53 million in grants

Children & Youth

$788K in grants

Indigenous communities

$1.6 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


of Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues

since Bell Let’s Talk began

* Infographics representative of 2011-2018

Community Counselling Alliance - Windsor-Essex, ON

Focused on providing immediate access to a counsellor to prevent people from going into crisis, the Community Counselling Alliance Initiative operates walk-in clinics in Windsor and Leamington. The Bell Let’s Talk community grant will enable the organization to open the clinics for an additional 2 days a week, providing better access to treatment and referrals for individuals of all ages.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health - Penetanguishene, ON

Waypoint will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to support its new Integrated Concurrent Disorders Service which addresses the overwhelming demand for treatment for individuals who have both mental illness and substance use disorders. The program will include regional workshops in Orillia and Barrie, plus training for Waypoint allied staff and the development of an e-learning portal to provide online access to information and support.

Community fund Ontario 2014

William Osler Health System Foundation - Brampton, ON

The Osler Health System has piloted a telephone advice service for doctors – called TAP-LINE – that enables family physicians to get expert support from Osler specialists for timely diagnoses and medical management of patients with mental illness. With the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant, the organization will expand the scope of the service throughout the regional integrated health network, developing communication materials and organizing physician visits to make all 500 family doctors in the region aware of TAP-LINE.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Young People’s Theatre - Toronto, ON

As part of its work to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness, the Young People’s Theatre will use the Bell Let’s Talk funding to subsidize tickets so that low-income young people can attend performances of Emily’s Piano, a play that explores depression and stigma. The grant will also enable YPT to create study guides and deliver 10 in-school and community workshops aimed at students in grades 5 to 10.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Youth Diversion Program - Kingston, ON

Bell Let’s Talk funding will enable this organization to deliver a 9-week-long skill-building program for families with children aged 12 to 16. The program, Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth, is an internationally recognized series that improves the child-parent bond. It has been proven to significantly reduce problem behaviours, delinquency and substance abuse while improving social skills and academic performance.

Community fund Ontario 2014

YWCA Elm Centre - Toronto, ON

The YWCA Elm Centre is a 300-apartment community of permanent, affordable and supportive housing, with 150 units designated for women living with mental health issues, including 50 units for women with First Nations backgrounds. Bell Let’s Talk funding will support therapeutic programs, including salaries and supplies for art therapy and for an Aboriginal therapist as the Y works to reduce the residents’ feelings of isolation and marginalization.

Community fund Ontario 2014

Nipissing University - North Bay, ON

Nipissing University will provide evidence-based training for students as they prepare to enter the classroom. Students will be offered suicide education and training through the Tattered Teddies (12 years of age or younger) and Straight Talk (ages 12-24) curriculums. These programs use interactive teaching to provide strategies to strengthen protective factors, recognize suicide risk factors and warning signs, and practice suicide intervention strategies.

Community fund Ontario 2013

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa - Ottawa, ON

Youth Services Bureau (YSB) is piloting a new Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Program to address the needs of youth ages 12-20 who are experiencing complex and persistent mental health issues. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and concepts of stress tolerance, acceptance, and mindfulness. The pilot will consist of a series of 12 week DBT programs being offered for some of the most at risk youth in the community as well as a parent/caregiver education.

Community fund Ontario 2013