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$7 million in provincial funding for mental health programs

By Caitlin Snow Mar 10, 2023 | 2:02 PM

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New provincial funding for mental health programs.

The province will invest $7.1 million in one-time grants will go to community groups that provide programs that support mental wellness, but also address specific mental health concerns.

Mentorship and peer support will be helping groups like youth at risk, adults with autism and seniors.

“People lean into their communities when they’re facing hard times and need support,” said Brian Comer, Minister responsible for the Office of Addictions and Mental Health. “Sometimes it’s the art program or the drop-in at your local community centre that makes all the difference when you’re struggling. These groups are doing amazing work in their communities. We’re happy to support them as they help people build resilience and stay well.”

The province’s Mental Health Foundation will receive $3 million to give grants to mental health and addictions projects across Nova Scotia. The foundation’s recent work has included providing provincial funding to Healthy Minds Cooperative’s Circles of Support. The Dartmouth organization was able to train eight people from the 2SLGBTIQA+ community to become safeTALK trainees, helping others within the community who might be struggling with thoughts of suicide.

“This funding will have a very direct impact in our communities at a grassroots level. It comes at a time when the demand for mental health support is great. The foundation’s vision is to see Nova Scotians living with mental illness and addiction thriving in our communities. This funding, along with the continued support of our donors, will go a long way toward realizing that.”
– Starr Cunningham, President and CEO, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

This investment is in addition to the annual funding of $6.1 million.

People who are in a mental health crisis can call the crisis line 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167

People who need help with mental health or addiction concerns can call 1-855-922-1122

Nova Scotia Health’s mental health and addictions program: https://mha.nshealth.ca/en

Office of Addictions and Mental Health: https://beta.novascotia.ca/government/addictions-and-mental-health


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