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.

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. For more information, click here.

Small action. Big impact.

1,168,302,700

Total number of interactions

$108,415,135

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 over

3,806,409

Canadians with access to mental health services

$13 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

Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville – Brockville, ON

Partnering with the Rural Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Support Network to support children, youth, and families dealing with a dual diagnosis of mental health and FASD, the funding will help ensure that parents and caregivers are equipped with the knowledge and coping mechanisms for them and their child. Training will be in the form of Mental Health First Aid and peer support facilitation. Additional funds will be used to support therapies to best meet clients’ needs such as art, music , and equine therapy. These alternative therapies are fun, community-building activities that often develop positive mental health for the entire family.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Oakville Meals on Wheels – Oakville, ON

The mission of Oakville Meals on Wheels is to deliver nutritious meals to residents of Oakville who are unable to attend to their own nutritional needs but wish to continue to live independently in their community. They will pilot a project that uses the experience of shared meals to increase connectivity, and provide an opportunity to informally monitor senior citizens experiencing isolation. Volunteers will be trained in Mental Health First Aid which will help identify supports and services that might be of assistance to individual clients experiencing isolation who need mental health support.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Black Creek Community Health Centre – Toronto, ON

The Jane Finch community faces many challenges like poverty, community violence, unemployment, and Anti-Black racism that contributes towards poor mental health outcomes. The Jane Finch Talks Mental Wellbeing program will implement a grassroots approach to mental health by training up to 433 residents in Mental Health First Aid, suicide prevention, and resiliency and self-care. They also intend to train a resident to become a LivingWorks trainer, who can then provide ongoing suicide prevention training to residents.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Noah’s House Mental Health Foundation Inc. – Windsor, ON

Noah’s House was started in memory of Noah Butcher-Hagell after he lost his struggle with mental illness. Noah’s House is focused on the safety of everyone using the drop-in centre, and they will train members of the organization in non-violent crisis intervention to ensure the safety of both clients and staff.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association – Essex, ON

The donation from Bell Let’s Talk will bring Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) to 50 first responders living with occupational stress injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. EFP is a form of experiential therapy using horses as facilitators for growth and learning. The treatment team consists of a certified equine specialist, a mental health facilitator, and a first responder representative who will apply learned knowledge and experience with the recovery of PTSD.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Rideau Lakes Public Library – Township of Rideau Lakes, ON

The mission at Rideau Lakes Public Library is to provide a welcoming and accessible space to all members of the community and their staff. Training staff to recognize, respond to and provide guidance on mental health issues is a critical foundation to provide excellent, inclusive service to all members of the community as well as building a resilient and mentally healthy workplace. The funding will allow the staff to attend a two-day certificate course on Mental Health First Aid.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Hawkesbury & District General Hospital (HGH) Foundation – Hawkesbury, ON

The walk-in counselling clinic is a new initiative from the HGH mental health and addiction department. This new clinic will serve clients 16 years of age and older with the support of social workers, psychotherapists, and counsellors. The clinic will be open one day a week, and operation will increase with demand which will significantly reduce the current wait time of 4 to 18 months to receive counselling at HGH.

Community Fund Ontario 2020

Ways Mental Health Support – London, ON

Ways Mental Health Support is an accredited child and youth mental health agency providing housing, counselling, and crisis support for at-risk children and youth in London-Middlesex and Chatham-Kent. Bell Let’s Talk funding will contribute to the creation of an intensive community-based, transitional-age program for youth who lack adequate supports and are transitioning to independence from unstable housing, youth residential services or foster care.

Community Fund Ontario 2020