Provincial Government Announcing $140,000 for community Addictions and Mental Health Grants

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Health and Community Services

February 10, 2017

Prioritizing Addictions Prevention and Mental Health

 

Provincial Government Announces $140,000 for Community Addictions and Mental Health Grants

 

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the recipients of 2016-17 Community Addictions Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Grants. Approximately $140,000 will be provided to community organizations throughout the province. The program is designed to support the capacity of groups and communities to play an active role in preventing addictions and promoting positive mental health.

 

“Our government’s vision for Newfoundland and Labrador, as outlined in The Way Forward, includes supporting better outcomes in health care. We believe this can be achieved by empowering communities to take an active and innovative role. This program provides funding to schools, community governments, Indigenous organizations and others with deep roots in the community as this is where addiction prevention and positive mental health begins.”

– The Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services

 

Thirty-six groups will receive funding for their proposals. This includes $45,211 for three schools in Corner Brook to implement a curriculum-based program to teach emotional competencies and reduce aggression in elementary school-aged children. Four community groups will also receive funding to offer the Strengthening Families Program, which focuses on healthy family interactions. Other organizations will receive funding for programming including the Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. The remaining groups are listed in the backgrounder below.

 

Body Project Canada, our first major prevention initiative for eating disorders, got off to a great start in 2016 with support from government and the corporate community. This new funding will allow us to expand the program in 2017 to reach many new trainers and facilitators throughout the province. We are delighted that government recognizes the importance of prevention programs to combat this often deadly mental illness and has chosen to partner with us.” 

–  Paul Thomey, Executive Director of the Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

 

Successful initiatives focused on one or more of six priority areas:

  • Increasing awareness and understanding of problematic substance use
  • Reducing alcohol-related harms
  • Developing supportive communities
  • Mental health promotion
  • Recreational activities
  • Child/parent/family development

 

These grants also complement the goals of the Provincial Government’s Opioid Action Plan which aims to reduce risks associated with opioid addiction in the province.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • The 2016-17 Community Addictions Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Grants have been announced.
  • Approximately $140,000 will go to community organizations throughout the province to support preventing addictions and promoting positive mental health.
  • Thirty-six groups will receive funding for their proposals.

 

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Media contacts:

Emily Timmins
Media Relations Manager
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-6986, 709-693-1292
emilytimmins@gov.nl.ca

Paul Thomey

Executive Director

Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

709-722-0500

paul@edfnl.ca

 

 

BACKGROUNDER

Community-Based Organizations Receive 2016-17 Mental Health and Addictions Funding

 

 

Applicant Community Served Amount
Bay St. George Status of Women Council Stephenville Crossing and surrounding areas $4,000
Canadian Cancer Society Grand Falls-Windsor $500
Community Youth Network – Corner Brook / Bay of Islands Corner Brook & Bay of Islands $3,500
Community Youth Network – Placentia Placentia $2,800
Community Youth Network – Southern Avalon Cape Broyle $3,500
Dover & Area Community Family Coalition Eastport, Gambo, Dover, Hare Bay, New Wes Valley, Centreville $3,830
Eating Disorder Foundation of NL Provincial scope, but applied from St. John’s $10,000
Ecole CC Loughlin Corner Brook $25,475
Frank Roberts Junior High Foxtrap $1,000
Gander Boys and Girls Club Gander $2,000
Goose Bay Military Family Resource Center Happy Valley-Goose Bay $4,200
Gros Morne Academy Rocky Harbour $100
Jane Collins Academy Hare Bay $1,000
Lakewood Academy Glenwood $1,000
Lewisporte Collegiate Lewisporte $900
Long Range Academy Cow Head $100
MacMorran Community Centre St. John’s $2,500
Hopedale Inuit Community Government – Nanuk Community Centre Hopedale $2,000
NunatuKavut Community Council Inc. Black Tickle $5,000
Parkview Apartments Inc. Corner Brook $1,000
Placentia Area-Cape Shore Community Connections Placentia area $2,500
Planned Parenthood St. John’s $3,000
Queen Elizabeth Regional High Foxtrap $2,000
Rec House Community Youth Network Inc. Port aux Basques and surrounding areas $4,500
Western Regional Coalition to End Violence Corner Brook $3,000
Richard’s Legacy Foundation Burin $2,500
Roots of Empathy Province-wide $8,000
Sacred Heart Elementary Corner Brook $12,097
St. Gerard’s Elementary Corner Brook $7,639
Swift Current Academy and Tricentia Academy Arnold’s Cove $1,500
The SPLASH Centre Harbour Grace $7,900
Tip-A-Vista Wellness Foundation Bonavista $5,000
Trinity Historical Society Inc. Trinity Bight area $1,500
Vanier Elementary St John’s $900
Wabana Boys and Girls Club Bell Island $2,000
Woodland Elementary Dildo $1,500
Total $139,941.00

 

2017 02 10                                          10:20 a.m.