Health and Community Services
June 9, 2017

Community Mental Health Partners Receive Investment of $200,000

Through a total Provincial Government investment of $200,000, the Consumers Health Awareness Network Newfoundland and Labrador (CHANNAL) and the Canadian Mental Health Association - Newfoundland and Labrador (CMHA-NL) will receive support for important outreach and educational work.

CHANNAL will receive $105,000 to continue the peer-led Warm Line. The Warm Line is a non-emergency, non-crisis telephone support and referral service. People with lived experience receive training in peer support and operate the service.

The CMHA-NL will receive $95,000 to support public mental health education programs, including for an education facilitator to offer its Think Twice Program. The Think Twice Program is an anti-stigma education initiative for youth in the province delivered primarily in school settings.

These investments align with Towards Recovery: A Vision for a Renewed Mental Health and Addictions System. The Provincial Government is on track to release its Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for the 54 recommendations by the end of June.

“Improving mental health and addictions care is of the utmost importance to our government. But, little can be achieved without the valuable knowledge and efforts of dedicated organizations in our communities. Partnerships and investments such as these are key to transforming the mental health and addictions system in our province.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

"The increased focus on, and support for, mental health and addictions within our province has created an atmosphere of optimism. With over 6,700 calls to the Warm Line to date, we are excited to continue this service and provide a much-needed complement to our emergency services. CHANNAL is thankful to the Department of Health for recognizing the importance of our communities having access to information, support and understanding." 
Paula Corcoran-Jacobs
Executive Director of CHANNAL

“CMHA-NL appreciates the significant contribution from the Department of Health and Community Services to support public mental health education programs, especially those focusing on children and youth. CMHA-NL is actively building resources to strengthen preventative, evidence-based programs and services that help build resilience and help children and youth maintain good mental health. We look forward to continuing a strong relationship with all partners in the implementation of the All-Party Report on Mental Health and Addictions.”
Dan Goodyear

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Emily Timmins
Health and Community Services
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Paula Corcoran- Jacobs

Dan Goodyear


2017 06 09                                                    12:15 p.m.