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

$20.8 million in funding

Children & Youth

$2.7 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

Find out where the funds go

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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

Horizons for Youth – City of York, ON

Horizons for Youth (HFY) is a shelter for homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24 years old. HFY’s mental health and wellness program is designed to help youth exit homelessness by improving their mental health and wellbeing. Bell Let’s Talk funding will provide youth with access to therapeutic counselling, case management, crisis management, referrals to supportive services in the community, assistance monitoring medication and medicating practices, accompaniment to medical appointments when needed, and twice-weekly wellness workshops.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

LOFT Community Services – Toronto, ON

LOFT offers community-based supports and services to people living in poverty with mental health and addiction issues. The funding will build service capacity and ensure the continuity of the youth wellness hubs, which are one-stop clinics providing immediate access to services such as primary care, mental health and addictions services, peer support and familyhousing supports. Strategically located in three different areas of Toronto, this evidence-based model has been successful as they are accessible and youth-centric.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (I AM) – Toronto, ON

Formerly known as the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, the organization serves individuals living with schizophrenia and psychosis in the community. The program is based on cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis, a psychotherapeutic intervention that addresses unhelpful patterns of behaviour or thinking. This is Ontario’s only community-based recovery-focused group for this population, delivered by teams with a unique skill set. Bell Let’s Talk funding will ensure the team can replicate and pilot the same program at other partner sites.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Hope+Me- Mood Disorders Association of Ontario & Toronto – Toronto, ON

Hope+Me- will use Bell Let’s Talk funding to translate their existing program into Traditional Chinese (Cantonese) and Simplified Chinese (Mandarin) and to form an Asian youth advisory committee. The program’s goal is to encourage Asian youth to advocate for the mental health and the well-being of others in their community.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Blue Door Shelters – East Gwillimbury, ON

The largest emergency housing provider in York region, Blue Door provides support to people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness to obtain and retain affordable housing. Opening Doors will provide long-term lifesaving mental health care for homeless LGBTQ2S+ youth who have faced family conflict, persecution, and trauma. Unique to each youth’s needs, Opening Doors will provide access to bi-weekly one-on-one psychotherapy. Sessions will focus on improving mental health by addressing major concerns for LGBTQ2S+ youth like self-harm, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and eating disorders.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

360Kids Support Services – Markham, ON

360Kids provides a full complement of programs and services aimed at assisting at-risk youth. With the contribution from Bell Let’s Talk, counsellors and front-line staff will allowed to attend workshops on mental health and addictions, working with transgender youth, trauma-informed counselling, depression and bipolar disorder.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Scarborough Women’s Centre – Scarborough, ON

Scarborough Women’s Centre is a unique resource centre for women marginalized by mental and emotional health issues, isolation, poverty, and abuse. They offer free professional counselling services for women so they can overcome barriers to success, develop strategies to achieve their goals and navigate systems relevant to their needs. Bell Let’s Talk funding will allow the addition of 10 hours per week of counselling supporting approximately 20 more women per month.

Community Fund Ontario 2020