Health and Community Services
April 19, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services

Provincial Government Congratulates Recipients of Community Addictions and Mental Health Grants

I rise today to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Community Addictions Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Grants program.

Mr. Speaker, 44 community groups and organizations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador will receive a total of approximately $150,000 in funding for their projects. This is an increase of $10,000 over last year.

The program is designed to encourage individuals, groups and organizations, as well as communities, to step up and take a greater role in promoting positive mental health. Our partners already do such important advocacy and development work and through this program, we are pleased to support their efforts.

Successful proposals focused on several priority areas such as supporting young families, substance use prevention, suicide prevention and supporting positive mental well-being.

Some examples include the province-wide initiative Roots of Empathy and support for a youth-run LGBTQ2S summer camp on the west coast. Other projects include positive mental health activities during Empowerment Week at Lakewood Academy in Glenwood, support of the Terry Kelly tour in southern Labrador and a new support group for people living with addictions issues in St. Anthony and surrounding areas. The complete list of recipients and their projects PDF can be found on the department’s website.

Investments in this program and the priority areas align with Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this Honourable House to join me in congratulating this year’s recipients. We appreciate efforts to reduce stigma in our communities and keep the conversation going about mental health.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

2018 04 19                              1:55 p.m.