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.


  • 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
709-729-6986, 709-693-1292
Paul Thomey
Executive Director
Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland
and Labrador

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

ApplicantCommunity ServedAmount
Bay St. George Status of Women CouncilStephenville Crossing and surrounding areas$4,000
Canadian Cancer SocietyGrand Falls-Windsor$500
Community Youth Network - Corner Brook / Bay of IslandsCorner Brook & Bay of Islands $3,500
Community Youth Network - PlacentiaPlacentia$2,800
Community Youth Network - Southern AvalonCape Broyle$3,500
Dover & Area Community Family Coalition Eastport, Gambo, Dover, Hare Bay, New Wes Valley, Centreville$3,830
Eating Disorder Foundation of NLProvincial scope, but applied from St. John's$10,000
Ecole CC LoughlinCorner Brook$25,475
Frank Roberts Junior HighFoxtrap$1,000
Gander Boys and Girls ClubGander$2,000
Goose Bay Military Family Resource Center Happy Valley-Goose Bay$4,200
Gros Morne AcademyRocky Harbour$100
Jane Collins AcademyHare Bay$1,000
Lakewood AcademyGlenwood$1,000
Lewisporte CollegiateLewisporte$900
Long Range AcademyCow Head$100
MacMorran Community CentreSt. 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 ConnectionsPlacentia area$2,500
Planned Parenthood St. John's$3,000
Queen Elizabeth Regional HighFoxtrap$2,000
Rec House Community Youth Network Inc.Port aux Basques and surrounding areas$4,500
Western Regional Coalition to End ViolenceCorner Brook$3,000
Richard's Legacy FoundationBurin$2,500
Roots of EmpathyProvince-wide $8,000
Sacred Heart ElementaryCorner Brook$12,097
St. Gerard's ElementaryCorner Brook$7,639
Swift Current Academy and Tricentia AcademyArnold's Cove$1,500
The SPLASH CentreHarbour Grace$7,900
Tip-A-Vista Wellness FoundationBonavista$5,000
Trinity Historical Society Inc.Trinity Bight area$1,500
Vanier ElementarySt John's$900
Wabana Boys and Girls ClubBell Island$2,000
Woodland Elementary Dildo$1,500

2017 02 10                              10:20 a.m.