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.

1,491,774,955

Total number of interactions

$129,588,747.75

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

5,556,332

Canadians with access to mental health services

$15 million

in Community Fund grants

2,427,991

crisis and distress

line users

2,159,817

children & youth reached

909,000

Canadians supported

through technology-based mental health programs

1,469,600

trained staff and volunteers

22,824

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 2010-2022

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Lakehead University - Thunder Bay, ON

The clinic will serve students and the public and will provide job placements for professionals in field. First Nation community members will have access to increased mental health services.

Community Fund Ontario 2011

London and District Distress Centre - London, ON

The organization needs a new phone system to continue to build capacity of the distress line service with expanding support to the front-line volunteers who listen to individuals who call the distress line. Almost 18,000 calls were received in 2010 and 62% of callers have a diagnosed mental illness or a mental health concern. The majority of callers feel isolated or marginalized by the community, and 4% of calls are suicide related (prevention, intervention or post-vention).

Community Fund Ontario 2011

Nipissing First Nation Health Services - Nipissing, ON

The Tree of Life Project is an awareness and support campaign on the issue of suicide that is intended to reduce stigma and improve access to community mental health resources. Information, education and support using both western and Indigenous knowledge on the issues of grief, loss, embracing life, mood disorders, addictions and colonialism as they relate to high rates of suicide for Indigenous people will be the central components to this project.

Community Fund Ontario 2011

Oak Park Neighborhood Centre - Oakville, ON

They will add a monthly parent support group and additional weekly one on one support. 'Fun Friends' program for children to better handle anxiety, fear and depression. Teaches practical, useful strategies for coping with stress, anxiety, worry, fear to build emotional resilience and self-esteem.

Community Fund Ontario 2011

SKETCH Working Arts for Street Involved and Homeless Youth - Toronto, ON

This program aims to address youth mental health issues through a formalized system of counselling and referrals. New counselling component will focus on resource awareness and referrals to immediate care. Project will involve arts-based activities designed to help youth realize self-potential, build life skills, leadership skills, resiliency and self-esteem while reducing stigma of mental illness. 275 youth with mental health issues over a one-year period will have been involved in creative art.

Community Fund Ontario 2011

The Boys and Girls Club of York Region - a program of Social Enterprise for Canada - Newmarket, ON

The goal of this project is to provide an Expressive Arts program to youth. The target youth for this project are isolated from participation in extra curricular activities due to the lack of existing social infrastructure within the community. The goal of this project is to provide opportunities for these youth to participate in activiities that will provide an outlet for the stresses related to settlement, immigration and poverty.

Community Fund Ontario 2011

The Nicholas Knapp Kindness Fund - London, ON

Our organization is availabe to the survivors of suicide, families, friends and co-workers who support them and provide comfort. We listen and provide resources through networking, websites, booklets and our survivors network to lend a helping hand to families trying to cope with the loss of a loved one.

Community Fund Ontario 2011

The Psychology Foundation of Canada - National

The goal is to develop, pilot and evaluate strategies, supports, services and a process that builds both community capacity and the service system capacity to meet mental health-related needs of newcomer families. With further funding, they will be able to extend their work across the Toronto region. In the proposed Toronto region project (DIAT) they will work with 2 or 3 newcomer communities, starting projects as funds become available, and continuing until the work is properly embedded.

Community Fund Ontario 2011

Youth Services Bureau - Ottawa, ON

Their walk-in mental health clinic opened in January 2011 one-day a week to overwhelming response. They will extend hours of the walk-in clinic up to three days per week and will need to promote the service. They would specifically like to increase access to mental health services to youth and families through a new Youth Mental Health Walk-In Clinic. Only clinic of its kind in Eastern Ontario.

Community Fund Ontario 2011

BodyWhys Youth Canada - AB, MB, SK and BC

BodyWhys is focused on providing education and awareness to youth on eating disorders and self harm. Lead by world record holder Meaghan Buisson, who has battled an eating disorder herself, the project will provide national online resources including 30 new interactive workshops. Workshops will be provided in a 60:40 rural/urban split. An estimated 7,500 Canadians will be impacted.

Community Fund Prairies 2011

Calgary Counselling Centre - Calgary, AB

The Calgary Counselling Centre is moving towards becoming THE organization of choice for Calgarians facing depression. This funding is part of the larger overall Centre funding and will be used to support provision of services as well as research.

Community Fund Prairies 2011

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta - AB (Province-wide)

Funding will be used to create provincial standardization of core programming. This includes development of program evaluation tools, methods of recording data, training materials and promotional materials and will increase the capacity to serve those dealing with Schizophrenia and their families.

Community Fund Prairies 2011

The Support Network - Edmonton, AB

The Support Network is the crisis phone line for North Central Alberta. This funding will support the expansion of the current rural distress line into a minimum of 7 new rural communities.

Community Fund Prairies 2011

Town of Cochrane, Family & Community Support Services - Cochrane, AB

This is a rural focused project which encompasses the Town of Cochrane and surrounding area, including a native reservation. This collaborative project is in cooperation with Alberta Health Services, the Youth Association, Mental Health and the Community Resource Centre. The grant will be used to fund staff and provide programming for people with mental illness in the areas of support, training and life skills in a nonclinical setting - a community kitchen.

Community Fund Prairies 2011

Anorexie et boulimie Québec - Montréal, QC

They provide a help and referral line for people suffering from anorexia and bulimia. Their help line hours are from 8:00am to midnight. Bell's funding would enable ABQ to add a new shift to the current schedule from midnight to 3:00am.

Community Fund Québec 2011