Com­mu­nity group in Vic­to­ria re­ceives fund­ing

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

The Vic­to­ria United Church is re­ceiv­ing $ 50,000 from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to op­er­ate a drop-in cen­tre for per­sons in re­cov­ery from ad­dic­tions.

The fund­ing was an­nounced Tues­day, April 5 by Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter and Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy.

The fund­ing will be used for rent, sup­plies and the hir­ing of a co-or­di­na­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, the com­mu­nity ad­dic­tion ad­vi­sory group of the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion area, which ap­plied for the fund­ing on be­half of the Vic­to­ria United Church, will eval­u­ate the drop-in cen­tre to de­ter­mine its po­ten­tial to serve as a tem­plate for other re­gions to sup­port per­sons in re­cov­ery from ad­dic­tions.

$260,000

The an­nounce­ment was part of a large r i nvestme n t of $260,000 in one-time fund­ing for four pro­vin­cial com­mu­nity groups. The oth­ers in­clude Stella Burry Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, the Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion-New­found­land and Labrador, and the Con­sumers’ Health Aware­ness Net­work New­found­land and Labrador.

Kennedy said the fund­ing will help strengthen the com­mu­nity sup­port sys­tem for men­tal health and ad­dic­tions.

These groups, which pro­vide es­sen­tial men­tal health and ad­dic­tions ser­vices and sup­port, will use the fund­ing for a range of projects through­out the prov­ince, he said.

The groups will use the fund­ing to ad­dress a va­ri­ety of is­sues in­clud­ing ad­dic­tions, bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment, and the stigma of men­tal health is­sues.

Re­mov­ing the stigma

“ One of the big­gest chal­lenges associated with men­tal health and ad­dic­tions is­sues is re­mov­ing the stigma that is at­tached,” said Kennedy. “Aware­ness is be­ing cre­ated around these is­sues thanks to the sup­port be­ing pro­vided by com­mu­nity groups who of­fer pro­grams and ser­vices to those liv­ing with men­tal health and ad­dic­tions is­sues.

“ The projects that have re­ceived sup­port are mak­ing head­way and open­ing doors for peo­ple that need help.”

Over the past six years, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has pro­vided $ 25.1 mil­lion to sup­port men­tal health and ad­dic­tions pro­grams and ser­vices through­out the prov­ince, in­clud­ing an in­vest­ment of $ 7.2 mil­lion in Bud­get 2010.

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